Australia's first lady of racing has finally broken through in the race that stops a nation, with her imported star Fiorente taking out the 2013 Melbourne Cup in exciting fashion.
Gai Waterhouse has won many Group 1's over her stellar training career, however the big one had always eluded her. But on the first Tuesday in November, that all changed, thanks to a talented 6 year old originally from Ireland.
With only a handful of days until the Melbourne Cup carnival begins, racing fans and party goers alike have been busy organising their outfits for the big 4 Flemington events, Derby, Cup, Oaks and Stakes Day.
As most females would know, the worst part of any raceday is not losing money at the track, or failing to meet the man of your dreams, but getting sore feet.
The anticipation for this year's Cox Plate was particularly high thanks to a star studded lineup headlined by It's A Dundeel, Puissance De Lune and Fiorente.
Even with the withdrawal of early favourite Atlantic Jewel just a handful of days prior, thirteen group winners (including seven Group 1 winners) lined up for the last race at Moonee Valley on Saturday afternoon for their chance to make history.