Melbourne Cup revellers brave rain to enjoy wild ladies’ day in Aussie party

Aussie lads and lasses enjoyed a wild ladies’ day at the famous Melbourne Cup earlier today as hilarious pics emerged.

The event is a huge part of the Australian racing calendar each year and the festive spirit was still in full swing at Flemington Racecourse.

Wet and windy weather was experienced by all but spirits were not dampened.

Many boozed and partied at Oaks Day, traditionally known as Ladies Day.

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The horse-racing event is all about style and grace – though the combination of champagne, wind and rain put paid to that.

It was a cool 15C but there was plenty of skin on show at the event.

Some punters were prepared for the temperature change, showing up with umbrellas to match their elegant ensembles.

Pics from the event show Aussies downing drinks while another appears to celebrate a betting win.

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Champagne is flowing as many choose to wear waterproof ponchos and another duo shelter beneath an umbrella.

The annual event has become infamous for drunken revelry with tanked-up fans barely able to balance after last year's drunken carnage.

Aussie cops were enlisted to patrol the events this week in a bid to ensure it was not ruined by a "small minority".

Superintendent Therese Fitzgerald told "Police and protective services officers will be proactively patrolling public transport, roads and both the public and corporate areas inside the racecourse.

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"We're there to keep you safe and ensure a small minority don't spoil what is a great week of sport and celebrations for others."

An earlier race this week saw Vow and Declare claim victory in the race that "stops a nation".

But Frankie Dettori earned himself an eight-day ban as his steed Master of Reality was demoted from second to fourth place in controversial scenes.

"I want to cry", the jockey revealed.

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