The Melbourne Cup was a smaller affair in the Gunnedah shire this year, but there was no shortage of spirit.
As usual, Forsyths' staff frocked up in florals and fascinators and St Mary's College had an out-of-uniform day, encouraging students and staff to don their racing best.
At 2pm, the school gathered for a barbecue to raise funds for Catholic Missions, and then held a fashion on the field competition.
Out at Tambar Springs, the newly renovated and reopened pub was a hub for mingling ahead of "the race that stops the nation" took off at 3pm. Vow and Declare topped the lot with jockey Craig Willams.