Thousands joinCup day fun

PICTURED enjoying cup day at The Park Hotel, Suffolk Park, is Dorothy Wong Yew
PICTURED enjoying cup day at The Park Hotel, Suffolk Park, is Dorothy Wong Yew

We might live a long way from Melbourne, but that didn't stop thousands of people from throughout the Byron Shire revelling in the fun and frivolity of the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday.

The race that stops a nation saw venues packed with young and old, many taking the opportunity to get dressed up in all their finery.

Fashion parades drew hundreds to hotels and clubs which also organised special luncheons and sweeps galore.

Betting was fierce and TAB statistics showed $51.3 million was spent on bets in NSW alone representing an eight per cent increase on the money bet on 2003's race.

Race winner Makybe Diva joined racing's immortals when the mare won the country's most prestigious race in great style.

Backed into 5-2 favouritism by a flood of money from around the country, she became the first mare to win the Cup twice and will possibly be set for next year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

Second was Vinnie Roe with Zazzman third.

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