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Families, footballers at rainy Stakes Day

By AAP Newswire

Cold and wet weather has failed to deter fashionable families and footballers from Stakes Day at Flemington.

Saturday marked the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival and was the most relaxed and family-friendly, with the Birdcage playing host to a number of children including model Lindy Klim's three daughters, Stella, Frankie and Goldie, and son Rocco.

"Wrangling them has been a bit of a challenge - my mum is taking the two youngest home as they've got a use-by date - but it's a lot of fun," Klim told AAP.

"I remember bringing the eldest three on Stakes Day about four, five years ago and it was 40 degrees and now it's 15 so I guess you could say we've experienced both extremes."

Klim said she was forced to make a last-minute outfit change after seeing the chilly forecast, pairing her Dior ensemble with a black blazer.

"You've got to adjust to the weather otherwise you're super uncomfortable all day," she said.

Also donning Dior was racing royalty Kate Waterhouse, who attended the Lexus marquee with husband Luke Ricketson and daughters Sophia and Grace, who wore matching Burberry dresses.

Meanwhile, the Carpinteri family from Thorpdale, in Victoria's Gippsland region, took out the Fashions of the Field family competition over in the Park enclosure.

Rhianna and Michael Carpinteri and children Elena, 8, Leila, 7 and Nate, 14 months, won over the judges in their coordinated red and pink ensembles.

It took Rhianna three months to put the looks together.

"I did all my shopping online because it's hard to get to Melbourne with the three kids," she told reporters.

"It took a while to get it all together but it was worth it."

The family take home more than $10,000 in vouchers.

While a number of marquees had a pared-back guest list on Saturday, Tabcorp was busy hosting a number of AFL footballers including Bulldogs players Lachie Hunter and Mitch Wallis, Carlton's Patrick Cripps and Richmond half-back Nick Vlastuin.

Richmond youngster Jack Higgins, who underwent brain surgery in September, was also spotted in the marquee.

It was also a busy day for naming rights sponsor Seppelt, with ambassador Rebecca Harding tasked with handing over the trophy after the main race.

"I am the most clumsy person in the world so I'm really nervous about it but fingers crossed I don't trip over," she told AAP.

Harding was among the day's best-dressed in a floral Dolce and Gabbana dress and matching headband.

"I'm a bit sad the carnival is ending but also my feet are very happy - I can't wait to get back into a pair of sneakers," she said.