IF YOU thought the reckless behaviour of revellers attending the Melbourne Cup was left at the track along with empty champagne bottles and tinnies, think again.
The Melbourne Cup was one of the wettest on record, but that didn’t stop the punters from letting loose.
While Melbourne Cup day is a public holiday in Victoria, the rest of the country is supposed to front up to work. But some of the rowdiest scenes seemed to have taken place outside Melbourne, with revellers at Sydney’s Royal Randwick racecourse and Doomben in Brisbane making the most of the drier conditions.
Plenty of racegoers will have woken with sore heads this morning as celebrations spilt in to the night at pubs and clubs around the country.
In a statement sent to news.com.au by Victoria Police, fifteen people were evicted for offences including being drunk in a public place and possessing a drug of dependence.
One attendee received an infringement notice for discharging a missile and another for offensive behaviour.
Those arrested included three women and a man following a protest on Flemington Drive, Flemington.
A 57-year-old woman, 26-year-old woman, 24-year-old woman and 27-year-old man have been charged with public nuisance, obstruction and other related offences.
They have been bailed to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court at a later date.
The wet weather did threaten to mess with the celebrations in Melbourne.
Emma and her cousin Amy, who travelled to Melbourne from Sydney, said the rain had created quite a scene for their very first Cup Day experience.
“It’s really ugly out here in the rain,” Emma, 24, said.
“When the sun comes out it’s good, but when the rain arrives it’s pretty miserable.”
The umbrellas were out and plastic bags were used as everything from ponchos to shoes to flotation devices.
Terry Evans, a bookie for the Melbourne Cup since the early 80s, said yesterday’s weather was the worst he had seen in more than 40 years.
“Since 1976 when Ven der Hum won it’s never been as bad as this,” he told news.com.au from under his umbrella. “It’s just too wet to come out.”
The Melbourne Cup was won by English galloper Cross Counter ahead of Marmelo and A Prince of Arran. Tragically the horse The Cliffsofmoher couldn’t be saved after it was injured mid-race. It was the sixth horse to die as a result of the race since 2013.