It’s not only thoroughbred horse who can dash our hopes during the biggest horse racing events, but people can go off track too. The only difference is that those horses have an excuse.
Watch some of the most shocking Melbourne Cup appearances of all times.
10. Jockey wannabes
Strange things happen when you change horses in the middle of the race. Or when you change jockeys in the middle of the day? Hard to tell. One thing is for sure, these three racegoers have mistaken the Melbourne Cup with a private gathering. Potato, potato.
9. The true-blue admirer
Cheering, applauding and yelling your guts out so that the horse you have bet on knows he must win is quite tiresome. But you do give it your all, if needed. However, when the outcome is not the one expected, then all it’s left is to cuddle a bottle of champagne and sleep on the stairs. Everything else seizes to exist.
8. The fuchsia bundle
Too much pink is never too much. And if the horses manage to block these sparkling reflections out, their winning odds will increase considerably. Nothing, however, can guarantee that jockeys will be able to turn a deaf ear to a potential high-pitched shouting situation.
7. Fashionistas, nowadays
We dress for the occasion and we dress to impress. So when it comes to make an impression in front of well-trained jockeys, these ladies know the drill. Perfectly-ironed white shirts, neat ties with geometric patterns, stylish fedoras. But the lack of black trousers confuses us a bit, doesn’t it?
6. The regular workout
Fearless, focused and passionate. If you wish to apply for a jockey position, you need to tick off these requirements. Moreover, you must be great at sports, have an incredible physical strength and fitness condition. Training is mandatory. Don’t mind the surroundings, like this lad over here.
5. The imminent revenge
Make no mistake. Choosing a side is never easy. Betting on different horses than on the Protectionist, Dunaden or Red Cadeaux, comes with a risk. Your opponents can get angry. Angrier. Beer cans will fly. Higher. Plastic bags may get involved too. Everywhere.
4. Sleeping beauty
Not all the women are thrilled to bits with paying attention to a horse race event that goes on forever while trying to differentiate one stallion from the other. Some need a leisure activity, in the meantime. Sleeping, for instance, is supposed to be the cheery cake of the day.
3. Sad or glad?
Did these people bet on the right horse or they have just lost hundreds of dollars? Their reaction is not very explicit, per say. It makes you wonder what the main difference is between great excitement and total sadness after all, if it makes ladies throw themselves on the grass.
2. Royal angels
England’s look-alike queen has been spotted supporting her favourite horse alongside two enthusiastic girls. We have reasons to believe that all of them have met at a royal event of some sorts. Could it be another race horse cup? They look pretty into it.
1. Cheers to you
Celebration can take many forms. Laughing and drinking champagne? Who needs that? Spreading your legs in the middle of the Melbourne Cup is the way to go if you want to flabbergast your friends.
Yes, we know. Attending the Melbourne Cup indirectly requires you to cut the dash, but there is a thin line between surprising and appalling someone, isn’t there?