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Snaps of sozzled and sorry go global as Aussies drink the Cup dry

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Melbourne Cup descends into debauchery

After the race that stops the nation it seems the punters have nothing better to do than act the fool.

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Melbourne Cup revellers may wake up with a sore head this morning — and their photograph plastered across the internet as an example of Australians behaving badly.

As Green Moon wrote himself into the history books yesterday, many punters were busy writing themselves off at Flemington, and the international media was taking note.

Girls drank straight from champagne bottles - one even staged an impromptu pole dance - while the detritus from the day built up shamefully around them. 

More than a dozen images of racegoers falling onto the ground, planking among beer cans and swigging straight from champagne bottles have been held up as an example of Australia's ugly, booze-soaked culture by London tabloid The Daily Mail.

FYI: for anyone who stays around to dance to the band after the last on Cup Day, this is what you look like. Go home, people! Click for more photos

After the last: Melbourne Cup crowd photos

Take a look at what the punters got up to on the lawn at Flemington after the last race on Melbourne Cup Day. Photo: Getty Images

England is a country renowned for its love of a pint, but the Melbourne Cup took boozing to new extremes, according to the world's biggest newspaper website, which claimed Cup guests Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall would have been shocked to witness such behaviour.

"Down by the course, men and women were flaked out on the grass after a boozy day, girls drank straight from champagne bottles - one even staged an impromptu pole dance - while the detritus from the day built up shamefully around them," the Daily Mail said.

The story ran at the top of the Daily Mail's website under the headline: "And you thought Ascot was going to the dogs! Things get a little messy at Aussies' big day out at the Melbourne Cup".

"British racing meets have long had a reputation for getting a bit messy as the day develops, but the hedonistic Melbourne crowds showed the UK that they can party just as hard as both winners and losers sank gallons of booze and caused havoc around the racecourse," the newspaper said.

Hundreds of people have commented on the article, including some who were appalled at such behaviour.

"So these people think it's acceptable to act like vulgar animals in front of the royals! and I thought England was bad!" said one.

Gina, from Liverpool, saw it as a selling point. "Love it. Just normal people having a laugh. This article makes me want to head down under," she said.

Another couldn't get past photographs of spin king Shane Warne, who was pictured having a cigarette in the VIP area. "What's up with Shane warns s face?" said Shaffa from the Midlands.

Victoria Police evicted 56 people and arrested another two for intoxication at Flemington, while paramedics treated 23 racegoers, mainly for alcohol-related problems.

A police spokeswoman said the crowd of 106,000 was generally well-behaved.

379 comments

  • I would say the British Press got it down pat, Royal Ascot it is not, Boganville it is, it has fallen a long way in standards, by dress, who is allowed in and acceptable behaviour. Time for deportment for boys and girls but the Gen X and Y don't even know what that word means, they think it's an end of schoolies gig to get pissed and throw up. Why do you think the cup has a bird cage? To keep the rest of you all out!

    Commenter
    Pickled Herring
    Location
    Frankston
    Date and time
    November 07, 2012, 8:59AM
    • We have our bogans, just like the Brits have their chavs. Nothing new under the sun.

      Commenter
      olivier
      Date and time
      November 07, 2012, 9:17AM
    • @Pickled.
      Totally right. I see these 'Hooray Henry's' get on the train.....classy but without the 'c'. What was a nice day out, few drinks, a flutter, has become an event where its all about how much alcohol you can consume, how much of a fool you can make yourself, and which drunk girl (or guy) you can pick up because sober they wouldn't look at you with a barge pole. And we really do continue to wonder why we are not taken seriously as a nation overseas. Just once I would like to see a group of guys dressed well (and white socks with a suit or white/cream shoes with a suit is not well dressed - it wasn't when it was fashion 20 years ago and it isn't today) and woman walking in 5" heals that wobble around unsteady even before they have the first drink (the ones I saw looked more like Petunia Pig walking on hooves than Halle Berry).

      Commenter
      Andrew
      Location
      Elwood
      Date and time
      November 07, 2012, 9:28AM
    • It is nice that they make the effort. From a practical point of view I think these people should try to incorporate more plastic and/or rubber into their outfits so that the vomit, stale booze etc. can be washed off more easily.

      Commenter
      Yundermore
      Date and time
      November 07, 2012, 10:11AM
    • Oh forgot to say. My mate who went to the races and who comes from another country said that after the race he couldn't believe the amount of rubbish lying around. He said don't these people have any respect, they must live in pig stys at home. Doesn't this country know what a bin looks like or they just too lazy (personally I'm more willing to subscribe to the latter).

      Commenter
      Andrew
      Location
      Elwood
      Date and time
      November 07, 2012, 9:29AM
    • Like the English can talk! Has anyone seen (or even seen the ads) for Snog, Marry, Avoid? or Geordie Shore? Those are the Daily Mail's readers!

      Commenter
      cherries
      Date and time
      November 07, 2012, 9:38AM
    • I'm afraid, this isn't a generational thing - as a Gen X I can tell you racing, punting, getting plastered and getting my tits out aren't on my agenda AT ALL. I'm with just about all the other commenters, this is a bogan event. I'd rather go to high tea than anywhere near a race course.

      And I am totally embarrassed at the rubbish - what is wrong with people? Sigh, where do you start I suppose.

      Commenter
      Lexi
      Date and time
      November 07, 2012, 9:40AM
    • Everyone needs to chill out, leave them alone, they are out having a good time, that's how it is. Its just journalists sensationalising something from nothing. Did you not read the stats? Only 2 people got evicted for intoxication.

      In this day and age, we need as many events like these as possible.

      Jolly good show everyone!!

      Commenter
      Chill Out!!
      Date and time
      November 07, 2012, 9:44AM
    • Ummm...animals don't behave like this. Not even pigs.

      This is vulgar humans behaving like vulgar humans. Don't tar animals with the same brush.

      Humans are much worse.

      Commenter
      Sickening.
      Location
      Just Sickening.
      Date and time
      November 07, 2012, 9:46AM
    • I'd like to deport you.

      Commenter
      Scoby
      Date and time
      November 07, 2012, 9:53AM

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