Move aside Melbourne Cup ... this is the wildest race meet on the map

Friday, 01 September 2017, 04:30:51 PM. IT WAS no beauty contest — and it definitely wasn’t the day for horses to be stealing the show.

As the thoroughbreds thundered down the dusty racetrack, all eyes were glued on punters hoping to give Birdsville a fashion moment to remember.

Dressed in beer boxes, rubber breasts and even a horse’s skull — the Fashions competition drew hundreds in to the spectator stands at the racetrack almost 1600km west of Brisbane — gawking at the ridiculousness on the field.

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Jamie Wheeler from Kempsey gives racegoers an eye full with his choice of trackside attire. Picture: AAP Image/Darren England.Source:AAP

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Picture: AAP Image/Darren England.Source:AAP

While it’s not quite the race that stops the nation — the ‘Melbourne Cup of the Outback’ is the busiest day of the year for the remote town in far western Queensland.

Set on the edge of the Simpson Desert, the event swells the town’s population from 115 to more than 6000 people.

With XXXX flowing from the early hours, the creativity from this years’ event was a stand out.

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Birdsville's Fashions on the Field co-ordinator Olivia O'Neill said this year was the most creative event she's seen. Picture: Salty Dingo.Source:Supplied

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135th Birdsville Races organised by the Birdsville Race Club Inc. 2017 Birdsville Outback Races. Photo by Salty DingoSource:Supplied

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The risqué fashion wasn't just reserved for the track. Picture: Salty DingoSource:Supplied

“It’s always been a bit of an attraction for the Birdsville races,” race club secretary and Fashions on the Field co-ordinator Olivia O’Neill told news.com.au.

“It was fantastic today ... we normally get lots of people dressed up, but this year for creativity the Gladiators, and the lady who won, were great.”

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The top three contestants in the Fashions on the Field competition. Picture: Salty Dingo.Source:Supplied

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Winner of the Birdsville novelty Fashions on the Field. Picture: Salty Dingo.Source:Supplied

Ms O’Neill, who moved to Birdsville six years ago, said punters usually have a theme when they arrive to the track — and nothing is off limits.

David Dach from Brisbane, who looked more like a Wildling from Game of Thrones than a race goer, said he sourced a horses’ skull for the big day.

“A mate found the it [skull] half buried in a river here [Birdsville],” he told news.com.au.

“He asked if I could use it, and I said ‘I certainly can’.”

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David Dach used a horse skull to complete his race day look. Picture: AAP Image/Darren England.Source:AAP

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There was plenty of colour and character at the Birdsville Races. Picture: AAP Image/Darren England.Source:AAP

“The novelty is a tradition ... and we normally get a lot of people travel from every corner of Australia to take part.

“The winner this year dressed in rubbish bags ... which I thought was unique and creative.

“It really makes for an event to remember.”

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Brent Mathers (Left) from the Gold Coast and John Dudley (Right) from Victoria got creative with their Birdsville costume. Picture: AAP Image/Darren England.Source:AAP

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