PHOTOS: Revelers dress to impress at Veresdale Hotel for Melbourne Cup Day 2021

MELBOURNE Cup fever has hit Logan and the Scenic Rim, with a few well dressed punters and racing fans turning out at the Veresdale Hotel to celebrate the race that stops the nation.

Drinks flowed and race tips were shared ahead of the main event, which Queensland horse Incentivise is heavily backed to win.

A small crowd of 10,000 will be allowed through the gates of Flemington Racecourse, despite Victoria recording 989 new locally-acquired COVID cases overnight.

It makes for a change from the 2020, where revelers were barred from attending as Twilight Payment stormed home to win the cup for owner Lloyd Williams.

The nine-year-old gelding is paying $14 to repeat the dose this afternoon and will start from barrier one.

Favourite Incentivise is in red hot form and enters the race having won in its last six starts.

It is the $2.80 favourite with bookmakers and is at very short odds of $1.50 to place.

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