Jockey Corey Brown powers to victory in the Melbourne Cup on Shocking ahead of Kerrin McEvoy on Crime Scene on November 3, 2009. Shocking denied international contenders Crime Scene and Mourilyan the win at Flemington Racecourse.

Evidently, the race is also a bit of a party. Here, two racegoers take a different approach to fashion. It makes us wonder what their dates/boyfriends/husbands might have been wearing?

A crowd over 100,000 people gathered to watch 24 horses competing in the $4.95 million USD race run over 3200 meters (about 2 miles).

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