All the colour and atmosphere of Ballarat Cup in photos

What an eventful day it was for the Ballarat Cup!

People turned up to Dowling Forest in their thousands, despite the threat of a possible thunderstorm.

For the first few hours of the day it was brilliant sunshine and beautiful warmth.

Then the thunderstorm came, sending the crowd into a panic and delaying the racing for some time.

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Our photographers were on the ground and are set on taking as many photos as humanly possible throughout the day.

From bucks parties to rain dances, there was action aplenty at Dowling Forest.

Check out or gallery above and see who you can spot.

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