Ladies entice Cantab to Melbourne Cup

Fashions on the Field kicks off ahead of the big race at Flemington.
Fashions on the Field kicks off ahead of the big race at Flemington.
The bigger the hat, the better for Fashions on the Field.
The bigger the hat, the better for Fashions on the Field.
Mischa Barton dodges the rain.
Mischa Barton dodges the rain.
And with these shoes why wouldn't you stay out of the rain?
And with these shoes why wouldn't you stay out of the rain?
Sophie Monk strikes a pose.
Sophie Monk strikes a pose.
Australian actress Pia Miranda in a jumpsuit.
Australian actress Pia Miranda in a jumpsuit.
No that is not a towel on Jesinta Campbell's head. Really.
No that is not a towel on Jesinta Campbell's head. Really.
Rose Byrne keeps it simple.
Rose Byrne keeps it simple.
Matcho Suba from Australia's Project Runway. Yes that is a seahorse.
Matcho Suba from Australia's Project Runway. Yes that is a seahorse.
Glenn McGrath and his wife Sarah Leonardi.
Glenn McGrath and his wife Sarah Leonardi.
Actress Maria Venuti.
Actress Maria Venuti.
A fine example of Melbourne Cup hattage.
A fine example of Melbourne Cup hattage.
And the rest of the outfit to match the hat, worn by model Loredana Bonello.
And the rest of the outfit to match the hat, worn by model Loredana Bonello.
Winners and Losers stars, Virigina Gay (L) and Melanie Vallejo arrive at Flemington Racecourse.
Winners and Losers stars, Virigina Gay (L) and Melanie Vallejo arrive at Flemington Racecourse.
Another fine hat in action in Melbourne.
Another fine hat in action in Melbourne.
Packed to the Rafters actress Jessica McNamee in the celeb hangout, the Bird Cage.
Packed to the Rafters actress Jessica McNamee in the celeb hangout, the Bird Cage.
Going for something a little different is Ash Hart.
Going for something a little different is Ash Hart.
Fashion from the Bird Cage.
Fashion from the Bird Cage.
Bright colours are a strong theme at Flemington this year.
Bright colours are a strong theme at Flemington this year.
Bright colours are a strong theme at Flemington this year.
Bright colours are a strong theme at Flemington this year.
The fashionable and the beautiful gather for the Melbourne Cup.
The fashionable and the beautiful gather for the Melbourne Cup.
Former Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins (L) and model Rebecca Judd.
Former Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins (L) and model Rebecca Judd.
Making the most of the one day when it's OK to wear a huge hat.
Making the most of the one day when it's OK to wear a huge hat.
Or you could keep it small and tasteful.
Or you could keep it small and tasteful.
Visitors from the Pilbara arrive at the track for the cup.
Visitors from the Pilbara arrive at the track for the cup.
An early arrival for the Melbourne Cup 2012 at Flemington racecourse.
An early arrival for the Melbourne Cup 2012 at Flemington racecourse.

For some it's the thrill of the race, for others it's the fashion - but for one Cantabrian it's largely the ladies who enticed him to cross the Tasman for the Melbourne Cup.

Jason Riach said the women were a big factor in why he decided to go to the raceday for the first time.

The 26-year-old said that unlike previous years, a couple of mates were going and he had a friend living in the city where he could stay.

CUP DAY: Richard Papps, Jason Riach and Ricky Crannitch at the Melbourne Cup today.
CUP DAY: Richard Papps, Jason Riach and Ricky Crannitch at the Melbourne Cup today.

"I thought, why not?"

Riach said he was interested in everything the event had to offer.

"I'm definitely into the fashion; it's a big part of the day. I'm into the racing as well,'' he said.

"The ladies are 50 per cent of the reason I'm going. You get to see everybody looking their best.

"It's the whole package really."

Riach said he had sought advice on what to wear and decided to team a striped shirt and spotted tie with his suit.

His choices on what horses to bet on would be more spur of the moment.

"I'm just going to wing it. I think it's going to be a case of pick your favourite numbers or what names sound the coolest," he said

Riach, who arrived in Melbourne last Thursday and will returns tomorrow, said if the weather held up it should be a "good day out".

The Press