Mel­bourne Cup high­lights

Wet weather wasn’t go­ing to stop the who’s who of fash­ion in their heels

WHO - - Contents - By Abi Moustafa and Clare Rig­den

There wasn’t a dry guest in sight, but that didn’t stop Cross Counter pre­vail­ing at the Nov. 6 Mel­bourne Cup in Flem­ing­ton. “It’s a huge thrill to win this race,” said jockey Ker­rin Mcevoy, who rode the three-yearold across the win­ning line, claim­ing a $7.3 mil­lion prize. De­spite be­ing the most in­ex­pe­ri­enced run­ner, Cross Counter swooped down the out­side to snatch vic­tory by a teeth-clench­ingly nar­row mar­gin.

Although pun­ters kept their eyes on the track, fash­ion en­thu­si­asts averted their at­ten­tion to the frocks and hats track­side. Bright jewel tones made a colour­ful con­trast from the strict monochro­matic out­fits of Derby Day three days be­fore. Ev­ery­thing from wide brims to gem-en­crusted head­bands brought life to a dreary af­ter­noon.

Guest of hon­our, Aus­tralian ac­tress and for­mer

Dy­nasty star Nathalie Kel­ley, was over an hour late to the Cup due to flood­ing – nonethe­less she made sure she made a splash in the Mumm Mar­quee af­ter pop­ping a bot­tle of Cham­pagne to the cel­e­brate the oc­ca­sion.

Some­one who didn’t fill her glass up on the day was Kris Smith’s girl­friend Sarah Boulaz­eris, who cra­dled her grow­ing baby bump through­out the day. The preg­nant per­sonal trainer said she was do­ing well in her heels, but couldn’t wait to get out of them. She also re­vealed the pair are ex­pect­ing their first child to­gether on Dec. 17. “It’s a Christ­mas baby!” she tells WHO.

Fresh off his own com­pe­ti­tion, The Bach­e­lor’s Nick Cum­mins strug­gled to make it through me­dia af­ter be­ing mobbed by fans. Mean­while, TV star Andy Lee man­aged to over­come a few hic­cups – he got stuck on the way to the Cup, as pro­test­ers had blocked the en­try. And it’s a good thing he and his model girl­friend Re­becca Hard­ing were granted ac­cess, be­cause the loved-up cou­ple picked the win­ning horse!

“I heard the weather was go­ing to be bad – so I got my hi-vis out,” for­mer Bach­e­lorette Ge­or­gia Love tells WHO of her suit by Effie Kats. Boyfriend Lee El­liot wore a suit by MJ Bale. Elle Macpher­son opted for an all-white en­sem­ble by Mel­bourne de­signer Toni Mat­icevski on Derby Day. Ra­dio per­son­al­ity Andy Lee and his model girl­friend Re­becca Hard­ing donned neu­tral tones. “I thought I’d go all fu­tur­is­tic this year,” Neigh­bours star Jodi Gor­don says of her me­tal­lic num­ber by Lil­lian Khal­louf.

Amid preg­nancy spec­u­la­tion, Lara Wor­thing­ton donned a lacy white out­fit on race day.

Bri­tish singer Sam Smith was all smiles ahead of his per­for­mance on the big day.

For­mer Dy­nasty ac­tress Nathalie Kel­ley added a pop of colour to her black and white out­fit with a pair of strappy red pumps.

Sports met pol­i­tics as Julie Bishop stopped to take a photo along­side her part­ner David Pan­ton and run­ning cham­pion Usain Bolt. For­mer Miss Uni­verse Jen­nifer Hawkins opted for a sim­ple look this year paired with tra­di­tional head­wear.

Myer am­bas­sador El­yse Knowles dressed for sunny weather and ac­ces­sorised with a wide brimmed straw hat.

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