Excited crowds have poured into Flemington Racecourse for the entertainment, spectacular racing and world-class fashion on display at Crown Oaks Day.
Racing enthusiasts on the sunny front lawns witnessed Keep De Rose thunder home in the Visit Victoria Plate, Niconoise win the Swisse Wellness Trophy and Honey Flower claim victory in the G.H Mumm Stakes.
The Swisse marquee has rolled out the red carpet for Sex and the City actress Kim Cattrall who was a vision in a Toni Maticevski dress and hat by Philip Treacy, and model of the moment, Andrej Pejic, who wore Arthur Galan and Kerrie Stanley millinery.
The birdcage continues to attract global stars with Lavazza hosting American beauty Mena Suvari in an Aurelio Costarella ensemble.
Marina Prior will perform in the Mounting Yard ahead of this afternoon’s Group 1 Crown Oaks at 3:40pm, which will see some of the best three-year-old fillies contest the 2500 metre staying test.
Zydeco remains the clear favourite for the headline race after a comprehensive victory in the traditional lead-up, the Wakeful Stakes on AAMI Derby Day.
Patrons have flocked to Flemington for ‘the ultimate style day’; by 2pm more than 27,500 had arrived by train and many more by road, sea and air.
Style inspirations Heidi Middleton & Sarah-Jane Clarke (Sass and Bide), Myer Ambassador Jennifer Hawkins and VRC International Style Ambassador, Philip Treacy OBE, will be joined by the gorgeous Chiara Passerini, wife of Cadel Evans, to judge the national finalists in the Myer Fashions on the Field Women’s Racewear competition shortly.
The winner will walk away with an enviable collection of prizes including a Lexus IS 250C F Sport convertible and a $6000 Myer Shopping Spree.
The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting a mild top of 21 degrees with partly cloudy skies.