Racegoers let their hair down at the Magic Millions Classic on the Gold Coast

While Britons endure their third lockdown this January, hundreds of racegoers are letting their hair down at the Magic Millions Classic on Australia’s Gold Coast where covid has largely evaporated. 

Dressed to impress in flirty frocks, fabulous hats and dapper ensembles, revellers were able to relax on one of the season’s most popular race days in Queensland.

With Britain in the midst of its bleakest winter for decades, the sight of 16,000 people without masks knocking back booze and giving each other piggy-backs is uncanny. 

But Australia has beaten the virus back through tough restrictions on travel, both into the country and across state lines, with just 909 deaths in total.

Queensland has had just 1,291 total cases of covid, while Britain has been battered by more than 3 million.  

Similar scenes have been witnessed in neighbouring New Zealand, with tens of thousands packed into rugby stadiums and concert venues after it sent the virus packing with a strict travel policy, requiring visitors to quarantine and take tests after entry.

She looks like a real fan of the turf! The going appears to get tough for racegoers at the Magic Millions Classic on Australia's Gold Coast, with woman having a break from the festivities by sitting on the grass

She looks like a real fan of the turf! The going appears to get tough for racegoers at the Magic Millions Classic on Australia's Gold Coast, with woman having a break from the festivities by sitting on the grass

She looks like a real fan of the turf! The going appears to get tough for racegoers at the Magic Millions Classic on Australia’s Gold Coast, with woman having a break from the festivities by sitting on the grass

Piggyback rides! One racegoer decided to fetch a ride on a person's back to get the perfect picture

Piggyback rides! One racegoer decided to fetch a ride on a person's back to get the perfect picture

A woman smiles while taking a picture on the back of a fellow male attendee

A woman smiles while taking a picture on the back of a fellow male attendee

What a great idea! One enthusiastic racegoer decided to fetch a piggyback ride on a person’s back to get the perfect picture

Windswept! Dressed to impress in flirty frocks, fabulous hats and dapper ensembles, revellers have braved the wind and rain to enjoy one of the season's most popular race days in Queensland

Windswept! Dressed to impress in flirty frocks, fabulous hats and dapper ensembles, revellers have braved the wind and rain to enjoy one of the season's most popular race days in Queensland

Windswept! Dressed to impress in flirty frocks, fabulous hats and dapper ensembles, revellers have braved the wind and rain to enjoy one of the season’s most popular race days in Queensland 

Vibrant frocks and eye-catching patterned dresses were the orders of the day for many in Queensland, with one woman wearing a very bright orange ensemble, while another donned a pink floral outfit.

Racegoers were snapped socialising and enjoying the sunshine, with some even taking a much needed break from the festivities on the grass. 

Elsewhere a trio of friends were seen opting for matching monochrome looks, while another group of ladies injected a splash of colour to the dreary day as they arrived in a flurry of bright dresses, polka dots and head-turning hats.

Meanwhile, the men looked as equally sharp as the women, with most sporting sophisticated shirts and trouser combos for the popular event.

Having a blast! Despite the rainy afternoon, many glamorous racegoers got stuck into the party spirit early, knocking back glasses of wine and cans of alcohol

Having a blast! Despite the rainy afternoon, many glamorous racegoers got stuck into the party spirit early, knocking back glasses of wine and cans of alcohol

One woman stuns in a white low-cut dress, while another rocks a short black dress with a diamond headpiece

One woman stuns in a white low-cut dress, while another rocks a short black dress with a diamond headpiece

Having a blast! Despite the rainy afternoon, many glamorous racegoers got stuck into the party spirit early, knocking back glasses of wine and cans of alcohol 

Feeling good! Two glamorous women in pink ensembles and eye-catching headpieces snack on some hot chips during the races on the Gold Coast

Feeling good! Two glamorous women in pink ensembles and eye-catching headpieces snack on some hot chips during the races on the Gold Coast

Feeling good! Two glamorous women in pink ensembles and eye-catching headpieces snack on some hot chips during the races on the Gold Coast

Capturing the moment! Two women pose in front of a garden wall in their flowing dresses while taking a beaming photograph

Capturing the moment! Two women pose in front of a garden wall in their flowing dresses while taking a beaming photograph

Capturing the moment! Two women pose in front of a garden wall in their flowing dresses while taking a beaming photograph

Capturing the moment! Two women pose in front of a garden wall in their flowing dresses while taking a beaming photograph

Capturing the moment! Two women pose in front of a garden wall in their flowing dresses while taking a beaming photograph

Revellers were keen to capture their fun times at the event, with several people spotted taking selfies as they made their way around the outdoor venue. 

As the sun set some decided a snack was in order, picking up treats from the food tents and carrying them back to their friends and family. 

Magic Millions is Australia’s number one thoroughbred sales company and each January on the Gold Coast, the company holds its flagship event, the renowned The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Carnival and Race featuring 12 days of fun, fast-paced action on and off the track. 

Having a laugh! Two beaming racegoers enjoy a glass of Moet champagne at the Magic Millions races while sporting lavish pink and white dresses

Having a laugh! Two beaming racegoers enjoy a glass of Moet champagne at the Magic Millions races while sporting lavish pink and white dresses

Having a laugh! Two beaming racegoers enjoy a glass of Moet champagne at the Magic Millions races while sporting lavish pink and white dresses

Rain, rain, go away! Two women are seen making their own makeshift umbrellas to escape the drizzle, by using their glamorous jackets as a shield

Rain, rain, go away! Two women are seen making their own makeshift umbrellas to escape the drizzle, by using their glamorous jackets as a shield

Rain, rain, go away! Two women are seen making their own makeshift umbrellas to escape the drizzle, by using their glamorous jackets as a shield

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made an appearance at the Gold Coast Turf Club and praised the organisers for conducting an event that was Covid-safe. 

‘This is a signature event for the Gold Coast, it brings a lot of tourism’, the QLD premier told 7News. The highly-anticipated racing event is worth over $10million in prize money. 

Horse Shaquiero came in first for the $2million 2YO Classic prize. The runner up horses were Alpine Edge and She’s All Class, who placed second and third respectively.

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