With only the Sandown Classic on Saturday to go, Spring Racing Carnival 2016 is all but neatly wrapped up in a bow. To quote Dr. Seuss: don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened!
This season’s racing was everything it was supposed to be and more, with all the drama in attendance. The 2016 Melbourne Cup was won by Kerrin McEvoy, the second Cup of his brilliant career. McEvoy is widely considered to be one of the best jockeys of the modern era, and this is just further proof. (His lovely wife, by the way, has just given birth to a beautiful baby girl.)
2015 Melbourne Cup winner Michelle Payne (the first woman in history to win the Cup and McEvoy’s sister-in-law, small world!) didn’t get to ride in the big one this year. Her career, however, has taken its next logical step (training). And as if to remind us all that she’s still got it, Michelle bagged the first win on Ladies’ Day, essentially ticking all four Flemington carnival boxes.
Katelyn Mallyon, gifted jockey and overall wonderful person that she is, got her first ride in the Melbourne Cup this year. It was a heroic effort and an achievement in itself, being the only female jockey in the race. Katelyn also rode my Red Velvet Swing at the Crown Oaks Group 1, again the only female jockey in the running. She was also able to ride in the Caulfield Cup for the first time ever. No trophies this year, but it’s very early in her career, and hopes are riding high.
Olympian Usain Bolt made a special appearance at the carnival, because of course: who is more appropriate as a guest at the races than the fastest man in the world? What we probably didn’t expect was for the man to also make off with our collective hearts, thanks to his charm and disarmingly goofy hijinks.
Onto the fashion stakes: what is up with Jennifer Hawkins? She seems incapable of making a style misstep, as evidenced by her appearances on the first three days of the Flemington carnival. Rachael Finch had the ultimate (and quite exclusive!) accessory on Stakes Day: a baby bump. Jodi Anasta, Jessica Gomes, and Bec Hewitt were impeccable, as well.
Spring Racing Carnival 2016 wraps up for another year. We’re now looking forward to the Magic Millions races and horse sales, summer, and the Christmas season: all good reasons for dressing up, so keep an eye out for more fashion edits and trends. Meanwhile, races are still run every day except Christmas Day and Good Friday — no need to worry about running out of your speed fix.
Spring Racing Carnival 2016: The Wrap
Almandin wins the 2016 Melbourne Cup
Judging Geelong Cup Fashions on the Field
Jodi Anasta on Oaks Day
Michelle Payne bags the first win on Oaks Day aboard Tavi Bay
Bec and Lleyton Hewitt on Oaks Day
Race goer in florals and fringe on Stakes Day
Stakes day race goer
With Katelyn Mallyon on Oaks Day
Family Fashions on the Field on Stakes Day
Jennifer Hawkins on Melbourne Cup
Michelle Payne on the Melbourne Cup
Jennifer Hawkins on Derby Day
Assign, ridden by Katelyn Mallyon, wins Ladbrokes Herbert Power Stakes at Caulfield
Sylvia Jeffreys on Oaks Day
Rachael Finch on Derby Day
Jennifer Hawkins on Oaks Day
Jessica Gomes on Melbourne Cup
Michelle Payne with Kerrin McAvoy after McAvoy’s Mebourne Cup win
Images from the Sydney Morning Herald, Reuters, AAP, News Corp Australia, Media-Mode, Darrian Traynor, Lucy Donaldson, and Getty Images.
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