On the 5th of November, 2016 I was lucky enough to attend the Melbourne Cup Stakes Day. This day was the last one in which the horses and jockeys would race at Flemington Course, in Melbourne. Due to our early arrival, we were able to find a spot on the grass next to the final 100 metres of the course. We put together a picnic blanket and some snacks are spent the day sitting next to the finish line, admiring the horses as they galloped by. There were too many highlights throughout the day, which made it really hard to capture them all, but nevertheless, I was able to get some of them.
So our day started off as any other day in Melbourne, by going to the train station. Although we were dressed up for the races, we didn’t stand out in the crowd since the great majority of the people at the station seemed to be going to the same place. We met an extremely large number of people going to the Flemington at Southern Cross station. This is because most of the Melbournians travelled to the course by train, which is caught in that station.
We then moved on to arriving at Flemington Race Course. Even though we had made our way there early, the crowd was overwhelming! There were hundreds of people there, from all age groups and cities from all around the world who had come to Melbourne in order to attend this amazing event. Although there was such a large number of people, it was really amazing to see that everyone had dressed up for the event and there were no specific stand outs who had decided to wear their casual clothes. Overall, the first look at the event was brilliant, the day looked good and so did everyone who attended it.
We were able to break through the crowd and find a beautiful spot in the grass next to the finish line. Like any other Aussie, we set our blanket there and enjoyed the day; this was a new experience for the entire group of people who I attended Stakes Day with, since we were all Spanish and had never gone to the races and had simply sat on the grass.
So, soon after we arrived, the first race began.