Winner's Melbourne Cup on show as thousands line the streets for a glimpse of their heroes

Winner's Melbourne Cup on show as thousands line the streets for a glimpse of their heroes

Winner's Melbourne Cup on show as thousands line the streets for a glimpse of their heroes

Posted 4 November 2013, 15:32 AEST

Melbourne's CBD is brought to a standstill, as thousands of race fans lined the streets for a chance to see their heroes at the 30th annual Cup parade.

Melbourne's CBD is brought to a standstill, as thousands of race fans lined the streets for a chance to see their heroes at the 30th annual Cup parade.

Jockeys and trainers of all the 24 starters were on show ahead of tomorrow's big race.

But no doubt, the real heroes are the horses.

The 18-carat-gold winner's cup was on show, as it headed down Swanston Street towards Federation Square where the parade has come to an end.

View the field here.

The Gai Waterhouse-trained Fiorente is the race favourite, but there is stiff competition from the stable of Lloyd Williams and nine international raiders.

Jockey Damien Oliver is determined to make the most of his comeback from suspension when he races the favourite tomorrow.

"It's probably made me keener and hungrier and I'm very keen to reward Gai and hopefully share in her first Melbourne Cup," he said.

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Also on show were some former champions.

Tens of thousands of people turned out for the event that has already been described as bigger than last year.

Melbourne's weather was also well behaved. A perfect Spring day for the Cup parade.

Among the racing fanatics jockeying for the best position was Simon McGrath.

He made the trip from New Zealand.

"For me, being over here is sort of a dream of a lifetime," he said.

Another race fan is Kerry Alley.

"Our daughter is named Demi, so naturally we're going for 'Dear Demi'.

Elizabeth Davey is another fan who has been soaking up the carnival atmosphere.

"Seeing the actual past horse winners, the actual horses, that's been fantastic," she said.

Race lovers get chance to see the stars at the Melbourne Cup parade Video: Race lovers get chance to see the stars at the Melbourne Cup parade (ABC News)

 

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