Pictures of Canberrans celebrating Melbourne Cup 2021 in Thoroughbred Park | Canberra Times

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The sun was just as bright as the dresses on Tuesday afternoon as up to 1000 Canberrans gathered in Thoroughbred Park to bet on Canberra races and cheer on the Melbourne Cup. In a park used to more than 5,000 people on the iconic day, it was so quiet that one could hear the clapping. Of heels, then. But the atmosphere was reassuringly calmer with fewer people around, and the participants – many heavily involved in Canberra racing – were buzzed just for being out of the house. After reserving a table every year for the past couple of decades, Dale Dunn was eager to throw a few bills on the races this year with her girlfriends, Anne Foote and Mary Young. “It’s a good chance to dress up and enjoy the sunshine,” she said. “We’re glad we’re here. I mean, two or three days ago we were not allowed to come.” Brothers-in-beer and in matching Hawaiian shirts, Vincent Samaras, Jacob Coltman and Jordon Stewart were just as excited to drink several drinks at once as they were to watch the actual races. Coltman said the group was at the races to “have fun,” while Mr Stewart said they would bet on horses based on his mother’s tips. The Clancy family, son William, father Martin and mother Bernadette, won around $ 400 after playing in the Melbourne Cup race. They chose the Grande Promenade and the Spanish Mission. Verry Elleegant streaked into first place. “Drinks and parking have been paid for,” joked the younger Mr Clancy. “It’s just good to be out of the house and around people.” Hezredhot won the federal race in Canberra. University students and friends Sareeta Darrow and Annie Moffitt were excited for a chance to dress up, both glowing in silky soft dresses. “We’ve actually got some free tickets for today. So we thought, you know what can too – uni is over, let’s have a party,” Ms Moffitt said. They said it was a great opportunity to drink rose during the day without feeling overwhelmed by a cold Canberra night. “It’s nice to be around people, but it does not feel too intense,” Ms Darrow said. Our journalists work hard to deliver local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how to continue accessing our trusted content:

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