Thousands of people have braved cold conditions to attend the Melbourne Cup parade celebrating the 150th running of the great race.
Most of the jockeys and trainers involved in this year’s race were there, but missing was master trainer Bart Cummings, who left hospital yesterday after a health scare.
Cummings’s superstar, So You Think, is a $3.20 favourite for Australia’s richest race, with last year’s winner, Shocking, on the second line of betting at $9.
Peg Glasson travelled all the way from Perth to watch the Melbourne Cup parade, courtesy of a special family present for her 85th birthday.
Waiting for the procession to start in Swanston Street with daughter Veronica Margetic, Peg raised her voice above the strains of marching bagpipers to say So You Think is a sure thing for Tuesday’s big race.
“(Trainer) Bart’s (Cummings) had a lot of ill health recently, so it would be nice if he could win and go out on a winning note,” Peg tells AAP.
Peg says she “can go out on a winning note” too, after watching Tuesday’s Cup.
Cups king Cummings is a noted absentee from the parade, but he says it will take more than a bout of illness to keep him away from the 150th staging of the great race.
The master trainer, who has won the Melbourne Cup 12 times, was released from the Epworth Hospital on Sunday afternoon after a four-night stay due to a recurrence of a respiratory condition.
Champions past and present, human and equine, will pass through the centre of Melbourne from midday on Monday.
Previous Cup winners to take part are Subzero, Might and Power, Brew, Doriemus, Paris Lane and Rogan Josh. Almost every living Melbourne Cup-winning jockey will hop aboard a tram adorned with 150th Melbourne Cup livery to travel the parade route down Swanston Street to Federation Square.