Monday, 24 September 2018

Melbourne Cup 2017: Annual parade in pictures

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It may not be an official public holiday, but thousands of fans have skipped school and work to line the streets of Melbourne for the annual Cup parade.

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Locals and tourists cheered, waved flags and snapped photographs as jockeys, trainers and past Melbourne Cup winners made their way along Bourke and Swanston streets in Melbourne’s CBD.

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There was a procession of children in silks, bagpipe players, and the flags of the countries represented in the Cup, which continues to attract interest from overseas.

Melbourne Cup-5 Marmelo is the favourite, aiming to become the first British galloper to win tomorrow’s $6 million race at Flemington, ahead of last year’s winner, Almandin, and Humidor.

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Trainer Hughie Morrison said he was keen to make history.

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“This is such a great event, a great city, so hopefully we can be the first English trainers to win it tomorrow. I can’t wait,” he said.

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