It’s cup fever time as the biggest horse race in Australia adds another chapter to its storied history this afternoon at 12pm. The final 24 racers were confirmed on Saturday afternoon and, as always, there was plenty of drama as vets found an issue with second favourite Loft after his trot on Friday. It has seen Deauville Legend go to outright favourite at $3.70, the only horse with odds under $10. It has been in great form and will be ridden by three-time champion Kerrin McEvoy, with its odds only improved after drawing gate nine, which trainer James Ferguson said was ideal. “I’m pleased, I didn’t want a very low draw and I didn’t want a really wide draw so nine is absolutely spot on for us,” he said. “With the pace being on the outside, they’re going to go some clip to get there so ideally we can get into a nice position early doors and we don’t have to work too hard to get there either.” Their closest challenger in terms of what the market says is Irish gelding Without A Fight at $11 but received a tough barrier draw, starting out wide at gate 18. Only one horse has ever won from that gate but that did happen last year with champion Verry Elleegant so it is certainly not without a chance. The best local hope is Montefilia, also at $11, though the mare is carrying more weight than most at 55.5kg while only one female, out of 38, has finished in the top three at the cup since 2005. At the Geraldton Turf Club, there will be plenty of action on and off the track with seven rounds of racing action all to take place after the main event. Corn Cob will be in action in race one with the four-year-old looking to make it three wins on the trot while race two is wide open with no recent winners, but keep an eye on Holy Spy, who has three placings in his last three outings. In race three, Yes Miss Jane has been flying of late but Edmond has been knocking on the door with six placings in his past six races. Be Seated is a chance in race four along with Marinsky Ballet while Ladies Day champions Chix Chatter is up again in race five. Jupiters Sun looks strong for race six as does Kazaki, while in the final race Sans Le Sou is probably the favourite ahead of No Change and All In Red. There will be just as much competition outside the racing as Fashions on the Field returns for what is arguably the biggest fashion day on the calendar. This year will provide an opportunity for both men and women to show their stuff as local fashion experts offered their tips for both racing and fashion. “This year we are having a men’s category as well, which is really exciting to see some of the boys get into it and show us what they can do,” Amanda McLeod said. “Looking for bright colours, something fun and spring, and of course, big smiles.” Christy Paulsen agreed on the bright colours and said big hats are back in style. “I’m pretty excited, it’s one of our bigger days, bright colours and big hats are apparently back in,” she said. Tessa Daly is backing a personal connection to win the cup this year. “My tip for the Melbourne Cup is Young Werther ridden by Damian Lane, who’s a WA rider and used to ride for my dad,” she said. “He’s a roughy and drawn barrier 21, which is hard, but hopefully he gets up; it’s an unpredictable race.” “Melbourne Cup is one of my favourite days of the year, it should be a good day and a great excuse for a Tuesday to get dressed up.” Gates open at the Geraldton Turf Club at 11am with entry $20.