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