With the 2011 Melbourne Cup just over 24 hours away, it is time to start studying those jockey silks in order to spot your best pick during the race.
Jockey silks are used in a variety of races throughout the world in order to reveal the identity of a horse mid-race.
Not only are these jockey silks helpful to punters and race-goers, the Melbourne Cup jockey silks allow the race caller to give an accurate assessment of the race as it happens.
There will be 24 unique jockey silks that will feature in the $6 million Melbourne Cup.
Last year’s winner Americain will once again don his notorious racing colours, which resemble the French flag in red, white and blue.Bart Cummings’ famous jockey silks, black and white checks with yellow sleeves, will be worn by Precedence as he attempts to win an historic 13th Melbourne Cup for his trainer in tomorrow’s race.
This year, there will be a number of different Melbourne Cup jockey silks, with 21 of the 24 horses hailing from overseas.
And with seven different international trainers, this year’s Melbourne Cup jockey silks are sure to be as diverse as ever.
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2011 Melbourne Cup Jockey Silks
1. Americain Jockey Silks
White, royal blue and white stars panel, red, white and royal blue striped sleeves and cap.
2. Jukebox Jury Jockey Silks
Red, white sleeves, blue and white striped cap.
3. Dunaden Jockey Silks
Yellow, blue stars, yellow cap.
4. Drunken Sailor Jockey Silks
Royal blue, white seams, royal blue and white star cap.
5. Glass Harmonium Jockey Silks
Navy blue, gold lightning bolt, gold and white armbands, gold cap.
6. Manighar Jockey Silks
Navy blue and gold hoops, white sleeves and cap.
7. Unusual Suspect Jockey Silks
Black, silver star in white disc, silver sleeves, silver and black star cap.
8. Fox Hunt Jockey Silks
Dark green, red cap with dark green diamond.
9. Lucas Cranach Jockey Silks
Royal blue, white horseshoe, black and white checked sleeves and cap.
10. Mourayan Jockey Silks
Navy blue, white armbands and cap.
11. Precedence Jockey Silks
Black and white check, yellow sleeves, black and white checked cap.
12. Red Cadeaux Jockey Silks
Light blue and red diamonds, light blue sleeves, red cap with light blue diamond.
13. Hawk Island Jockey Silks
Emerald green, purple diamonds and hooped sleeves.
14. Illo Jockey Silks
White, green sleeves and red cap.
15. Lost In The Moment Jockey Silks
Royal blue, fly Emirates logo, royal blue sleeves and white cap.
16. Modun Jockey Silks
Royal blue, fly Emirates logo, royal blue sleeves and cap.
17. At First Sight Jockey Silks
Navy blue, white armbands, navy blue cap.
18. Moyenne Corniche Jockey Silks
Black and light blue checks, black sleeves, light blue armbands, red cap.
19. Saptapadi Jockey Silks
Light green, brown braces and armbands, white cap.
20. Shamrocker Jockey Silks
Navy blue, navy blue and white checked sleeves and cap.
21. The Verminator Jockey Silks
White, bkack check, purple sleeves.
22. Tullamore Jockey Silks
Brown, white epaulettes.
23. Niwot Jockey Silks
Navy blue, gold lightning bolt, gold and white armbands, white cap.
24. Older Than Time Jockey Silks
Red, black stripes.