Melbourne Cup day in Mandurah: Race-goers dress to impress | Photos

The race that stops the nation certainly brought Mandurah to a halt on Tuesday.

Hundreds of residents donned their finest frocks and fascinators to celebrate the Melbourne Cup 2018.

Lovers of the big race hit the city’s bars and restaurants, with Mandurah Mail photographers capturing all the action from the the Peninsula Hotel, Mandurah Bowling and Recreation Club, Murphy’s Irish Pub and Oceanic Bar and Grill.

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This year, Cross Counter has ended two decades of Melbourne Cup frustration for Godolphin in winning Australia’s greatest horse race.

On a rain-affected track and ridden by Kerrin McEvoy for trainer Charlie Appleby, Cross Counter defeated Marmelo and A Prince Of Arran in an all-northern hemisphere finish.

One of the most influential racing operations in the world, the Sheikh Mohammed-backed stable has been trying to win the Melbourne Cup since 1998.

First past the post in the 158th running of the Melbourne Cup were:

1. Cross Counter

2. Marmelo

3. A Prince Of Arran

And for everyone doing an office sweep, the last horse in the Cup was Red Cardinal.

Sadly, No.2 The Cliffsofmoher was injured early on and failed to finish.

- AAP