He was the one nobody bet on - a streaker who side-stepped
security and ran ahead of the field during the main race at
Melbourne Cup Day at Wingatui racecourse yesterday.
The 20-year-old Dunedin man was lucky not to be trampled by
racing horses as they passed the winning post, but his
freedom was short-lived.
Chased by security and police, he cleared the track and
jumped a fence before being taken into custody, minutes after
the 4.30pm race.
Police said last night the man had been arrested and was due
to appear in the Dunedin District Court on Friday charged
with behavioural offences.
The incident tainted a relatively problem-free race day.
Senior Sergeant Darryl Lennane said just one person was
evicted from the racecourse and, overall, the event had been
less troublesome than in previous years.
About 30 police officers worked to ensure alcohol consumption
was appropriately managed at the venue and to monitor traffic
leaving the racecourse.
The majority of punters were well-behaved, Snr Sgt Lennane
Students were offered a $60 package, which included transport
to and from the event, general admission, subsidised drinks
and a free meal within a secure area.
About 8000 people were expected at Wingatui and all those in
attendance dressed for the occasion, but not the weather.
As a chilly wind strengthened throughout the afternoon, women
in summer dresses and high heels sought shelter in the
Fashions-on-the-Field attracted 33 entrants, including three
Winner Maree Darling, of Mosgiel, had never previously
entered and said it was on her "bucket list" of things to do.
After giving birth to her son 18 months ago, she bought a
Trelise Cooper dress with the intention of wearing it to the
Melbourne Cup Day at Wingatui, which she attended every year.
Mrs Darling customised a hat and pair of shoes to match the
dress and was astounded to be a finalist, let alone the