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Revellers get into very high spirits as at Cox Plate races

As the sun set on the 2017 Cox Plate at Melbourne’s prestigious Moonee Valley Racecourse, the effect of the day’s events were on full display.

Thousands of racegoers flocked to the grounds to watch fan favourite Winx take out the coveted race for the third consecutive time on Saturday.

And it seems the win, coupled with several cold ones and the warm weather, left many revellers a little worse for wear by the end of the day.

 Punters were seen taking a tumble at the end of the day’s events at the 2017 Cox Plate in Melbourne

The win, coupled with several cold ones and the warm weather, left many revellers a little worse for wear by the end of the day

The win, coupled with several cold ones and the warm weather, left many revellers a little worse for wear by the end of the day

With rubbish strewn all over the once-clean grounds, several punters were spotted taking a break on the lawn

With rubbish strewn all over the once-clean grounds, several punters were spotted taking a break on the lawn

With rubbish strewn all over the once-clean grounds, several punters were spotted taking a tumble.

Men wearing bright checkered pants and colourful top hats were seen in a pile-up as the event was wrapping up. 

While many women had begun to swap their towering heels for more comfortable shoes, some men were spotted removing their shirts.

While many women had begun to swap their towering heels for more comfortable shoes, some men were spotted removing their shirts

While many women had begun to swap their towering heels for more comfortable shoes, some men were spotted removing their shirts

One too many, mate? One very confused man seems dazed after being in a huge pile-up with his friends

One too many, mate? One very confused man seems dazed after being in a huge pile-up with his friends

Despite the carnage around her, this woman makes the time and effort to pose for a photograph

Despite the carnage around her, this woman makes the time and effort to pose for a photograph

One man appears to be having a few terse words with police officers at the 2017 Cox Plate

One man appears to be having a few terse words with police officers at the 2017 Cox Plate

Police were on hand to help a few weary punters make it out of the gates in one piece.

While several groups appeared to share a few terse words with police officers towards the end of the day, most were in good spirits. 

The party didn’t stop after prize-winning mare Winx took out the title, with many racegoers celebrating as the sun went down.

Several groups appeared to share a few terse words with police officers towards the end of the day

Several groups appeared to share a few terse words with police officers towards the end of the day

The party didn't stop after prize-winning mare Winx took out the title, with many racegoers celebrating as the sun went down

The party didn’t stop after prize-winning mare Winx took out the title, with many racegoers celebrating as the sun went down

Police were on hand to help a few weary punters make it out of the gates in one piece

Police were on hand to help a few weary punters make it out of the gates in one piece

This pair seemed tired but in good shape after race day as they made their way out of the racecourse

This pair seemed tired but in good shape after race day as they made their way out of the racecourse

Crowds flocked to Melbourne's prestigious Moonee Valley Racecourse on Saturday for the running of the 2017 Cox Plate

Crowds flocked to Melbourne’s prestigious Moonee Valley Racecourse on Saturday for the running of the 2017 Cox Plate

Lady in red: A smiling woman appears excited and happy at the 2017 Cox Plate race

Lady in red: A smiling woman appears excited and happy at the 2017 Cox Plate race

Ladies dressed in their racing best for the 2017 Cox Plate race in Melbourne on Saturday

Ladies dressed in their racing best for the 2017 Cox Plate race in Melbourne on Saturday

This woman's outfit reflected the sunny day at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Saturday

With drinks in hand, these women made the most out of the glorious day at the races

With drinks in hand, these women made the most out of the glorious day at the races 

Thousands of racegoers flocked to Melbourne's prestigious Moonee Valley Racecourse on Saturday for the running of the 2017 Cox Plate

Thousands of racegoers flocked to Melbourne’s prestigious Moonee Valley Racecourse on Saturday for the running of the 2017 Cox Plate

The day called for many selfies, as these two young friends demonstrated at the races

The day called for many selfies, as these two young friends demonstrated at the races

The highlight of the day was expected to be the $3,000,000 title race, with fan favourite Winx taking out the title for the third consecutive time

The highlight of the day was expected to be the $3,000,000 title race, with fan favourite Winx taking out the title for the third consecutive time

Many got into the toasting spirit early, drinking beverages from holders adorned with the prized mare’s name. 

While one man appeared to use the downtime between races to take a cheeky nap, all the while cradling a drink in his outstretched hand.

Turning attention from the track to the fashion in the field, many of the women were spotted embracing the Spring Racing Carnival in bright floral frocks.

Fuschia proved a popular colour among the crowd, while others donned pastel pinks, splashes of vibrant red or stuck to classic black.

This might be the moment fan favourite Winx took out the Cox Plate title as a group of mates appear overjoyed

This might be the moment fan favourite Winx took out the Cox Plate title as a group of mates appear overjoyed

Two women, dressed to impress in nude heels and sleek dresses, take a break from the race to stand in the shade

Pastel colours were a favourite for many women at the races, pairing their outfits with nude heels

Pastel colours were a favourite for many women at the races, pairing their outfits with nude heels 

Many got into the toasting spirit early drinking beverages from holders adorned with the prized mare's name 

Many got into the toasting spirit early drinking beverages from holders adorned with the prized mare’s name 

The colour red appeared to be a favourite with the ladies, whether it be on dresses, shoes or lips.

Floral frocks were fitting for the Spring races and many women donned nude heels to balance out their colourful ensembles.

Cardboard boxes became makeshift picnic blankets as the day wore on, with many punters taking a load off their feet and relaxing trackside. 

Punters were spotted out in their droves as they settled in to enjoy the 10 races of the day

Lovely ladies struck a pose for the camera throughout the day

Despite somewhat cloudy conditions, punters were spotted out in their droves as they settled in to enjoy the 10 races of the day

 Cardboard boxes became makeshift picnic blankets as the day wore on, with many punters taking a load off

 Cardboard boxes became makeshift picnic blankets as the day wore on, with many punters taking a load off

One man appeared to use the downtime between races to take a cheeky nap, cradling a drink in his outstretched hand

One man appeared to use the downtime between races to take a cheeky nap, cradling a drink in his outstretched hand

One man seemed to mix the prestigious races with upcoming Halloween, pairing his blue suit pants and checkered shirt with a pink tutu, tiara and wand

One man seemed to mix the prestigious races with upcoming Halloween, pairing his blue suit pants and checkered shirt with a pink tutu, tiara and wand

After a few hours of wearing heels, it seems they were too much for these women who swapped to thongs

After a few hours of wearing heels, it seems they were too much for these women who swapped to thongs

The gates opened from 11am, with the coveted Cox Plate run at 5pm in the second last slot of the day.

Fan favourite Winx became only the second horse to win three consecutive Cox Plates alongside Kingston Town.

The race record for the 2040m sprint currently belongs to Better Loosen Up, who ran a time of two minutes and one second in 1990.

The excitement of Winx’s historic win spilled over into the revellers outfits too it seemed, with one man wearing a suit emblazoned with the horses previous wins.

While off the shoulder numbers proved popular, along with high-necked dresses and frilled frocks.

And many of the girls were seen making the most of the opportunities between frivolities as they found a spot to sit down.

A bunch of mates get down to business at the Cox Plate, enjoying their cold beverages on the warm day

A bunch of mates get down to business at the Cox Plate, enjoying their cold beverages on the warm day

The excitement of Winx's historic win spilled over into the revellers outfits too it seemed, with one man wearing a suit emblazoned with the horses previous wins

The excitement of Winx’s historic win spilled over into the revellers outfits too it seemed, with one man wearing a suit emblazoned with the horses previous wins

A pair of friends take some time out from the day to rest their feet, watching on from the shade

A pair of friends take some time out from the day to rest their feet, watching on from the shade

Many punters were cheering Winx on, with the mare aiming to become only the second horse to win three consecutive Cox Plates

Many punters were cheering Winx on, with the mare aiming to become only the second horse to win three consecutive Cox Plates

Several guests were snapped in off-the-shoulder numbers or strapless gowns, despite the cool 20 degree weather

Several guests were snapped in off-the-shoulder numbers or strapless gowns, despite the cool 20 degree weather

One woman opted against trend to don a playful two-piece, while another managed to keep her elaborate beaded lace number spotless

One woman opted against trend to don a playful two-piece, while another managed to keep her elaborate beaded lace number spotless

Others still were spotted tucking into food as they chatted and watched the fun unfold on the track.

Dazzling headpieces were also on show, whether they be bows, flower crowns or wispy fascinators.

And what race day could be complete without a selfie, with plenty of girls perfecting their pouts as they posed for the perfect photo.

One well-dressed woman reapplies her red lipstick after a day cheering on fan favourite Winx

One well-dressed woman reapplies her red lipstick after a day cheering on fan favourite Winx

And what race day could be complete without a selfie, with plenty of girls perfecting their pouts as they posed for the perfect photo

And what race day could be complete without a selfie, with plenty of girls perfecting their pouts as they posed for the perfect photo

Eight horses were expected to contest the Cox Plate, with Michelle Payne’s mount Kaspersky scratched due to injury.

The win would be her 22nd in a row, with the mare looking relaxed as she was brought to her stall Saturday afternoon.

Plenty of punters took the chance to see the mare up close and personal before the running, with huge crowds milling about the stable area.

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