Cox Plate revellers seen with umbrellas ponchos to protect from the rain

Thousands put on their best foot forward as dolled-up revellers got into the spirit of the Cox Plate 2019.

The race, held at the Valley, in Melbourne, saw race-goers put on their best outfits on Saturday to see Japanese favourite Lys Gracieux win the $5million Cox Plate.

Nothing could stop the good spirits at the event – not even rainfall. 

Thousands have put on their best foot forward as dolled-up revellers got into the spirit of the Cox Plate 2019. Pictured: Women dancing on a table

The race, held at the Valley, in Melbourne, saw race-goers put on their best outfits on Saturday to see Japanese favourite Lys Gracieux win the $5million Cox Plate. Pictured: Women using umbrellas to protect their outfits from the rain

The race, held at the Valley, in Melbourne, saw race-goers put on their best outfits on Saturday to see Japanese favourite Lys Gracieux win the $5million Cox Plate. Pictured: Women using umbrellas to protect their outfits from the rain

Nothing could stop the good spirits at the event - not even rainfall. Others who weren't so prepared were forced to don colourful ponchos to protect their suits (pictured)

Nothing could stop the good spirits at the event – not even rainfall. Others who weren’t so prepared were forced to don colourful ponchos to protect their suits (pictured)

Punters were seen holding umbrellas while sitting on rugs on the grass.

Others who weren’t so prepared were forced to don colourful ponchos to protect their suits.

Some men sacrificed their own need to keep dry in order to held those around them – one man kindly gave his suit jacket to his female companion so she could protect herself.

Punters were seen holding umbrellas while sitting on rugs on the grass or walking from section to section in the venue

Punters were seen holding umbrellas while sitting on rugs on the grass or walking from section to section in the venue

The rain certainly didn't damper the spirit of the day - with some choosing to take the moment to have a bit of fun

The rain certainly didn’t damper the spirit of the day – with some choosing to take the moment to have a bit of fun

Some men sacrificed their own need to keep dry in order to held those around them

One man kindly gave his suit jacket to his female companion so she could protect herself

Some men sacrificed their own need to keep dry in order to held those around them – one man kindly gave his suit jacket to his female companion so she could protect herself 

The rain certainly didn’t damper the spirit of the day – with some choosing to take the moment to have a bit of fun.

A group of women were seen dancing around in the rain with caps and ponchos on.

While others chose to dance and jump off tables to commemorate the moment.

Here for a good time: A group of women were seen dancing around in the rain with caps and ponchos on

Here for a good time: A group of women were seen dancing around in the rain with caps and ponchos on

Keeping dry: The race saw a bit of rain fall on the day - but nothing could keep the smiles from punters' faces on Saturday

Keeping dry: The race saw a bit of rain fall on the day – but nothing could keep the smiles from punters’ faces on Saturday

Run, skip and jump: Others chose to let loose by dancing and jumping off tables to commemorate the moment

Run, skip and jump: Others chose to let loose by dancing and jumping off tables to commemorate the moment

However, the slippery conditions weren’t ideal for everyone. 

Some revellers experienced a bit of a fall at the hands of the bad weather, slipping onto the grass in their best ensembles.

One man laughed as he got up – while it appeared a man and woman dancing almost had a fall as she grabbed onto her friend’s arm. 

A little bit slippery? One couple's dance routine appeared to be moments from a bad turn as the woman clutched onto the man's arm mere centimetres from the ground

A little bit slippery? One couple’s dance routine appeared to be moments from a bad turn as the woman clutched onto the man’s arm mere centimetres from the ground

Some revellers experienced a bit of a fall at the hands of the bad weather, slipping onto the grass in their best ensembles

One man laughed as he got up after falling on the grass in white trousers

Some revellers experienced a bit of a fall at the hands of the bad weather, slipping onto the grass in their best ensembles

Help is here: One man rushed to help a woman who had slipped on the grass nearby a stage and a gate

Help is here: One man rushed to help a woman who had slipped on the grass nearby a stage and a gate

Another man rushed to help a woman who had slipped on the grass.

Others chose to show off their best and most creative outfits for the occasion.

One woman wore a bright coloured blazer jacket with hues of blue, pink and orange that she paired with a chunky belt and a boat hat.

While one man wore a shark beanie on his head.

Others wore bright, fluffy jackets and floral dresses – with many in tall high heels that disappeared as the day wore on. 

Others chose to show off their best and most creative outfits for the Cox Plate 2019 racing day

Others chose to show off their best and most creative outfits for the Cox Plate 2019 racing day

Others wore bright, fluffy jackets and floral dresses - with many in tall high heels that disappeared as the day wore on

Others wore bright, fluffy jackets and floral dresses – with many in tall high heels that disappeared as the day wore on

One woman wore a bright coloured blazer jacket with hues of blue, pink and orange that she paired with a chunky belt and a boat hat

One woman wore a bright coloured blazer jacket with hues of blue, pink and orange that she paired with a chunky belt and a boat hat

Making a bold statement: One man wore a shark beanie on his head while attending the Cox Plate race on Saturday

Making a bold statement: One man wore a shark beanie on his head while attending the Cox Plate race on Saturday

The race saw the Japanese runner storm home to win ahead of rivals Castelveccio and Kiwi import Te Akau Shark

The race saw the Japanese runner storm home to win ahead of rivals Castelveccio and Kiwi import Te Akau Shark

The shoes are off: Many women were seen slipping off their tall high heels as the day wore on

The shoes are off: Many women were seen slipping off their tall high heels as the day wore on 

The race saw the Japanese runner storm home to win ahead of rivals Castelveccio and Kiwi import Te Akau Shark. 

The short-priced favourite gained the advantage with 100m to go to succeed Winx – who had won the race four years in a row – as the latest Cox Plate title holder. 

The racehorse’s victory comes after Japanese stallion Mer de Glace streaked away to win the Caulfield Cup last week.

Like its compatriot, the mare came into the meet in fine form having won its last race overseas and placing third before that.

Jockey Damian Lane said it was a dream come true to race Lys Gracieux to victory. 

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