Posted: 1 November, 2016 by @Nikki_Markovics

Melbourne Cup Day Kicks Off Today

$6.2M race that stops the nation!

The first of the punters are inside the gates at Flemington and are finding their spots on the lawn for today's 3pm race.

100,000 people are expected to attend the $6.2M Melbourne Cup - including Aussie Thor actor Chris Hemsworth and his wife Elsa.

Weatherwise, I hope your fascinator is waterproof because the Bureau of Meteorolgy is forecasting a 60 per cent chance of showers later this afternoon.

17 degrees is the high in Melbourne this afternoon.

22-year old Katelyn Mallyon will become the youngest ever female to compete today.

She will climb aboard Irish starter 'Assign' hoping to follow in the fairytale footsteps that Michelle Payne trod last year in becoming the first female to win the race.

Bookies are tipping 'Hartnell' to win, while Australia's 2016 Eurovision entry Dami Im will perform the national anthem ahead of the big race.

Aussie punters are expected to go big on Cup Day, wagering away $100M dollars.

While, TABCorp's predicting it will take 10-million bets and at the height of it, it'll take 3,000 bets per second.

Metro will run 300 extra train services to and from the Flemington race track and Victoria Police's warning they've also rostered on extra police officers to take unruly punters.

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