FROM Goanna Pulls on Derby Day, to piggy back rides around Flemington at the Cup — Oaks Day has proved to be just as messy as the rest.
THOUSANDS of revellers descended on Flemington racecourse for Oaks Day, which has been dubbed ‘Ladies Day’ for years, and once again it lived up to its reputation for drunken debauchery.
The day started well with a Women in Sport event held by Victoria Racing Club where the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup, Michelle Payne, shone a light on gender inequality. Myer was also touting girl power, holding an invite-only lunch with some of Australia’s influential women including former ‘first daughter’ Frances Abbott, AFL Women’s players Moana Hope and Daisy Pearce and social media influencers Nadia Bartel and Stephanie Claire Smith.
But, out on the lawn, things got a little messy as the day went on.
It looked like love was blossoming on the field, with more than 70,000 punters packing in to Flemington for the penultimate of the spring racing season.
Unlike Melbourne Cup two days prior (which had a top of just 15 degrees trackside) racegoers enjoyed sunny conditions, which only encouraged the festivities.
The spring racing week kicked off on Saturday, with Derby Day attracting about 90,000 racegoers to Flemington.
Pictures from Saturday’s Spring Carnival favourite showed how much racegoers enjoyed their day; which saw a dress disaster, people talking to statues and a strange game called “goanna pull”.
On Tuesday, punters shivered through the coldest Cup days experienced in years — with tops of just 15 degrees on the track.
Three people were evicted for bad behaviour and two were arrested for drunkenness, while security guards removed four other intoxicated patrons.
Police arrested a woman for assaulting an anti-racing protester outside the ground and are searching for two other women linked to the assault.