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Racegoers ditch their shoes – and their inhibitions – at Oaks Day 

Melbourne racegoers are back again, celebrating in full swing for Oaks Day – otherwise known as Ladies Day.

Thousands of women dressed to impress with fancy head-wear and high heel shoes  at Flemington Racecourse on Thursday. 

About 70,000 guests showed up for the afternoon of ‘wonderment’ but it descended into chaos as the afternoon rolled on and the drinks continued to flow. 

This woman’s friend attempts to help her up after a long day festivities as part of the Spring races in Melbourne

After a day of struggling in heels, a woman decides this bloke needs to have a go, swapping his shoes  for hers

After a day of struggling in heels, a woman decides this bloke needs to have a go, swapping his shoes  for hers

This couple enjoyed a cheeky moment of passion at the end of Oaks Day in Melbourne on Thursday

This couple enjoyed a cheeky moment of passion at the end of Oaks Day in Melbourne on Thursday

Guests let loose as they celebrated wins and losses.

The weather was a little kinder to racegoers than Tuesday’s downpour, with sunshine for majority of the day. 

Described by the organisers as a day of ‘beauty, femininity, style and grace’, Oaks Day is known for being an afternoon during which racegoers can embrace ‘wonderment’ and escape normality.

A range of styles were on show, from floral chic to elegant bold shades and fully sequined sparkles.

Superstar mare Arisita, ridden by Damian Lane, won the $1million race.

A woman in a pink dress with an empty glass enjoys another day of racing at Melbourne's Flemington Racecourse

A woman in a pink dress with an empty glass enjoys another day of racing at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse

A woman leans over a bin as friends and emergency service staff watch on after the festivities conclude

A woman leans over a bin as friends and emergency service staff watch on after the festivities conclude

A group of excited blokes run in for a group cuddle as a race ends on Oaks Day in Melbourne

A group of excited blokes run in for a group cuddle as a race ends on Oaks Day in Melbourne

A woman in blue gets a helping hand from a friend as she struggles to stand as Oaks Day draws to a close

A woman in blue gets a helping hand from a friend as she struggles to stand as Oaks Day draws to a close

A pair of women struggle to stand and slowly collapse to the grass after another day at the Spring Racing Carnival in Melbourne

A pair of women struggle to stand and slowly collapse to the grass after another day at the Spring Racing Carnival in Melbourne

A woman decides this is the perfect time to relax as she lays flat on her back on the grass 

A woman decides this is the perfect time to relax as she lays flat on her back on the grass 

These boys may have won big, as they jump for joy after a race at Flemington Racecourse on Thursday

These boys may have won big, as they jump for joy after a race at Flemington Racecourse on Thursday

Shoe swapping did not go well for these two - his feet appeared just slightly too big for her dainty hells

Shoe swapping did not go well for these two – his feet appeared just slightly too big for her dainty hells

A woman rests her glass of champagne on the grass as she takes a phone call as the sun starts to set on Flemington Racecourse

A woman rests her glass of champagne on the grass as she takes a phone call as the sun starts to set on Flemington Racecourse

Shoes were just a bit too much for this woman who decided to ditch the heels and embrace the barefoot-look

Shoes were just a bit too much for this woman who decided to ditch the heels and embrace the barefoot-look

It might not be a bathroom but it's as good a spot as any for this guy who needed to relieve himself after the race

It might not be a bathroom but it’s as good a spot as any for this guy who needed to relieve himself after the race

Flemington Racecourse welcomed about 70,000 guests on Thursday, all of whom seem to have recovered from their Melbourne Cup celebrations remarkably well

Flemington Racecourse welcomed about 70,000 guests on Thursday, all of whom seem to have recovered from their Melbourne Cup celebrations remarkably well

A woman assesses the damage to her feet after a day of standing in heels at Flemington Racecourse 

A woman assesses the damage to her feet after a day of standing in heels at Flemington Racecourse 

As the event drew to a close the temperature dropped, so this woman decided to wrap herself in what looks like a picnic blanket

As the event drew to a close the temperature dropped, so this woman decided to wrap herself in what looks like a picnic blanket

These woman have had it with high heels. Two women walk barefoot as they leave Flemington Racecourse, while one woman tactfully packed a pair of thongs to get home in

These woman have had it with high heels. Two women walk barefoot as they leave Flemington Racecourse, while one woman tactfully packed a pair of thongs to get home in

One woman guzzled down water as her friend enjoyed a glass of champagne on the grass at the event

One woman guzzled down water as her friend enjoyed a glass of champagne on the grass at the event

 

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