South Australia celebrates the Melbourne Cup | PHOTOS, VIDEO

Melbourne Cup 2017: Rekindling and Corey Brown storm home to claim thrilling win

Rekindling, ridden by jockey Corey Brown, wins the 2017 Melbourne Cup. Photo: AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy

Rekindling, ridden by jockey Corey Brown, wins the 2017 Melbourne Cup. Photo: AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy

Owner Lloyd Williams wrote another chapter in his astonishing Melbourne Cup record when the northern hemisphere trained three-year-old Rekindling triumphed to give young Irish trainer Joseph O'Brien a Melbourne Cup winner at his first attempt.

The son of High Chapparal becomes the first three year old to win the race since 1941 and he was the second scorer for jockey Corey Brown, who won on Shocking in 2009.

But excitement over the cup wasn’t only high in Melbourne – below, we look at how regional South Aussies celebrated the race.

CEDUNA: Patrons flocked to the Ceduna Foreshore Hotel on Tuesday for the Melbourne Cup. Some took the opportunity to dress their best, others enjoyed a punt on the race. See the full gallery of photos here.

PORT PIRIE: Punters were out and about on Tuesday celebrating the Melbourne Cup and waiting for the big race; which resulted in Rekindling winning and delivering the race’s most successful owner, their sixth Cup trophy. See all the photos here.

KINGSTON: Kingston celebrated the race that stops the nation in style. Celebratory lunches were held at the Kingston Golf Club, Royal Mail Hotel and Crown Inn Hotel, where punters could wine, dine and enjoy the big race. See all the photos here.

VICTOR HARBOR: Rekindling was crowned the winner of the Melbourne Cup, to give young Irish trainer Joseph O'Brien a win on his first attempt. The Times sent photographers to events at The Grosvenor in Victor Harbor, the Hotel Elliot in Port Elliot and the Rosetta Village in Victor Harbor. See all the photos here.

PORT LINCOLN: Many Port Lincoln residents may not have had the chance to travel to Flemington for the “race that stops a nation”, but several got into the racing spirit by travelling to their local hotel for the running of the 2017 Melbourne Cup. See all the photos here.

NARACOORTE: There were many people at the Farmers and Fillies luncheon, a wonderful soiree which was held to benefit the Naracoorte Hospital. And at the Naracoorte Bowls Club, as well as all the action from Flemington on the big screen, there was a lively fashion show by Trends of Naracoorte. See all the photos here.

BAROSSA VALLEY: A sea of colourful hats and fascinators could be seen at the Melbourne Cup celebrations held in the function room of the Vine Inn, Nuriootpa on Tuesday. The event once again attracted over 100 people from across the Barossa who were keen to catch up with friends and enjoy a meal, a few beverages and place a bet on their preferred horse. See all the photos here.

CLEVE: It’s the race that stops the nation on the first Tuesday of November, let’s take a look at how the Melbourne Cup was celebrated on the Eastern Eyre Peninsula. Cleve’s Pink Door Co put on a luncheon for the ladies. See all the photos here.

WHYALLA: The race that stops the nation was held on Tuesday, November 7, with many in Whyalla dressing up for the occasion. Were you photographed out and about for the Melbourne Cup? See all the photos taken around Whyalla here.

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