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WELCOME Each year the Melbourne Cup Carnival serves up four days of the most breathtaking thoroughbred racing you will find anywhere in the world. But the Melbourne Cup Carnival also extends well beyond the action on the track. It brings together the very best of what Melbourne has to offer – food, wine, sport, business, culture, social interaction and, of course, fashion. In 2012, the VRC and Myer are celebrating 50 remarkable years of our iconic Fashions on the Field at Flemington. Introduced in 1962 to “woo more women to the races”, Myer Fashions on the Field is now the southern hemisphere’s largest outdoor fashion event and a highly anticipated part of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Last year’s Emirates Melbourne Cup
saw a record 11 international runners contesting the richest handicap race in the world. The recent storylines of the Melbourne Cup Carnival are as rich and compelling as ever, emphasised by last year’s closest finish in the race’s history. At 151 years “young”, the Emirates Melbourne Cup is as captivating as ever. It truly is the race that stops a nation. On behalf of the VRC, I invite you to Flemington to be a part of another unforgettable Melbourne Cup Carnival.
MICHAEL BURN CHAIRMAN, VICTORIA RACING CLUB
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THE DATES AND EVENTS TO REMEMBER FOR ALL THE FLEMINGTON CARNIVAL ACTION
Saturday, October 6
MELBOURNE CUP CARNIVAL PREVIEW DAY
Racing Style Exhibition: 50 Years of Fashions on the Field October 15 – June 30, 2013 National Sports Museum, Melbourne Cricket Ground. A look back at five decades of trackside fashion.
Wednesday, November 7 VRC OAKS CLUB LUNCHEON
Presented by Yellowglen and featuring the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes, a quality day of racing in a warm-up for the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Crown Palladium, noon One of the most anticipated events on the social calendar, the VRC Oaks Club luncheon has become an integral part of the Cup Carnival celebrations.
Saturday, November 3
Thursday, November 8
AAMI VICTORIA DERBY DAY
Gates open 8.30am, first race at 11.20am The Cup Carnival kicks off with an all-Group raceday. The world’s finest thoroughbreds, trainers and jockeys compete for prestige and prizemoney, while Myer Fashions on the Field sets the pace for Carnival week.
Sunday, November 4 54TH ANNUAL RACING FRATERNITY MASS
The traditional blessing of the
CROWN OAKS DAY Melbourne Cup Carnival. From 9am at St Francis Church, corner Elizabeth and Lonsdale sts, Melbourne
Monday, November 5 EMIRATES MELBOURNE CUP PARADE
Bourke Street Mall, noon A chance for everyone to revel in Cup fever as champions of the past join the next generation of stars, including all the trainers and jockeys of this year’s Cup, in a parade down Swanston St to Federation Square.
EMIRATES MELBOURNE CUP MEDIA CONFERENCE
Pin & Win for charity
The Pin & Win lapel pin is the must-have Cup fashion accessory. In 2012 fundraising proceeds will go to Vision Australia. Buy a $5 lapel pin, or $10 diamante pin, and enter on course, online or via SMS for the chance to share in more than $157,000 in prizes. First prize is a Lexus RX 350 F Sport SUV. Second prize is one million Skywards Miles from Emirates. More information and entry details visit melbournecup.com/pinandwin
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Federation Square, 12.40pm Hear the last word from the jockeys and trainers before they compete in the 2012 Emirates Melbourne Cup at the official media conference after the parade.
Tuesday, November 6
EMIRATES MELBOURNE CUP DAY Gates open 8.30am, first race at 10.20am It is the race that truly stops a nation. The centrepiece of the Carnival, the $6.2million Emirates Melbourne Cup is the richest handicap event in the world, run at 3pm on the first Tuesday in November. It is a day to make a strong fashion statement, and don’t forget your yellow rose.
Gates open 10.15am, first race at 12.20pm Women of all ages come together to enjoy a day of fashion and fun. The racing highlight is the Group 1 Crown Oaks for three-year-old fillies, while off the track, the Myer Fashions on the Field women’s racewear national final means Flemington is awash with colour and style.
Saturday, November 10 EMIRATES STAKES DAY
Gates open 9.30am, first race at 11.30am The final Carnival day is the traditional family day, where a range of children’s activities and entertainment makes for a fun and relaxing day. Emirates Stakes Day Fashions on the Field provides an opportunity for the young ones to shine.
New this year on course The Schweppes Flemington Fling Bar will be serving the Carnival’s first signature cocktail in the renovated Hill Stand.
The Swisse Body Day Spa will be an oasis to enjoy a refreshing experience from the Swisse Body skincare range away from the bustle of the track. Racegoers can win a golden key to Yellowglen House for the ultimate VIP experience on the front lawn.
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Melbourne Cup Carnival Preview Day Presented by Yellowglen
Saturday, October 6 Main Event: Turnbull Stakes Prizemoney: $502,500 Official flower: White freesia A quality day of racing in a rehearsal for the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
AAMI Victoria Derby Day
Emirates Melbourne Cup Day
Crown Oaks Day
Emirates Stakes Day
Saturday, November 3
Tuesday, November 6
Thursday, November 8
Saturday, November 10
Main event: AAMI Victoria Derby 2500m race for three-year-olds Prizemoney: $1.51 million 2011 winner: Sangster Official flower: Cornflower
Main event: Emirates Melbourne Cup 3200m handicap Prizemoney: $6.2 million 2011 winner: Dunaden Official flower: Yellow rose
Main event: Crown Oaks
Main event: Emirates Stakes 1600m handicap Prizemoney: $1 million 2011 winner: Albert The Fat Official flower: Red rose
■ The first day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival is the day for racing purists. It features a card of nine group races, four at Group 1 level. The feature AAMI Victoria Derby is Australia’s premier staying classic for three-yearolds. The fashion stakes are also high with the start of Myer Fashions on the Field. Traditionally, black and white has been the prominent colour scheme for women, while men often choose to wear a grey morning suit and top hat.
■ While most of Australia stops to watch or listen to the great race, there’s nothing like being among the 100,000-plus crowd to experience this national event. The 2012 Emirates Melbourne Cup trophy, crafted by Hardy Brothers Jewellers, is valued at $175,000. Cup Day has gained a reputation for fashion with a penchant for drama. It is the day to make your strongest fashion statement with an exotic or outrageous ensemble.
■ Known as the ultimate style day of the carnival, women dress in their most feminine ensemble. This is the time for cosmetic bloom, romantic looks and delicate fabrics. The winner of the national competition of the Myer Fashions on the Field is announced on Crown Oaks Day, reinforcing its importance on the fashion calendar. The racing highlight of the nine-race card is the Crown Oaks, the Group 1 classic for fillies.
■ The Melbourne Cup Carnival ends with Emirates Stakes Day, the family day of the Carnival. The Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic over 1200m, a leg of the Global Sprint Challenge, features some of the world’s fastest horses racing down the Flemington straight. The Fashions on the Field is an opportunity for the young ones to shine in their latest race-day gear. It’s a day to relax and have a great day with friends and family.
8.30am Centre carpark, turnstiles open 10.15am Myer Fashions on the Field women’s registration opens 11.20am First race 2.30pm Myer Fashions on the Field men’s registration 3pm AAMI Victoria Derby 5.10pm Last race
8.30am Centre carpark and turnstiles open 10.15am Myer Fashions on the Field registration 10.20am First race 2.20pm Pre-Cup entertainment 3pm Emirates Melbourne Cup 5.15pm Last race
10.15am Centre carpark and turnstiles open 11.15am Myer Fashions on the Field women’s registration 12.20pm First race 2.30pm Myer Fashions on the Field national final 3.40pm Crown Oaks 5.50pm Last race
9.30am Centre carpark and turnstiles open 10.30am Emirates Stakes Day Fashions on the Field registration 11.30am First race 3pm Emirates Stakes 4pm Pin & Win prize draw 5.10pm Last race
2500m for three-year-old fillies
Prizemoney: $1 million 2011 winner: Mosheen Official flower: Pink rose
Top tips off the track AFTER A BIG DAY AT THE RACES, DAN STOCK FINDS THE BEST PLACES TO GO EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY
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■ Melbourne has fallen completely head over heels with burgers in every guise. While these days you’re more likely to see brioche buns and wagyu patties rather than beetroot and pineapple, a good burger is a fine way to ease a big hunger. From noon through very late, Huxtaburger (106 Smith St, Collingwood) is jammed with hip things who know their Denise (the hot one) from their Theo (the big one). And when you’re done with eating, slip through the secret door next to the fridge and into the boozy wonderland that is Bill’s Bar, where a world of top-shelf spirits awaits. With bands most nights and burgers good enough to sing about, B.East (80 Lygon St, Brunswick East) holds two keys to very good night out. Consistently ranked as one of Melbourne’s best, the $24 David Blackmore’s full blood wagyu hamburger with bacon, gruyere and Zuni pickle at Rockpool Bar & Grill (Crown Complex, Southbank) continues to be worth every cent. Also at Crown, The Merrywell (cnr Clarendon St) serves up man-sized meals for a mansized hunger, with the good range of burgers on offer no exception. And the gloriously named Brother Burger and the Marvellous Brew (413 Brunswick St, Fitzroy) has retro burgers that are washed down with microbrew beers.
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■ It’s always been colourful, but over the past 12 months or so Fitzroy’s Gertrude St has cemented its position as one-stop street for every wine-dine need. Andrew McConnell, whose much lauded and awarded Cutler & Co (55 Gertrude St) started the strip’s evolution into a red-hot dining destination, recently gave a makeover to venerable boozer The Builders Arms (211 Gertrude St). Drop into the front bar for a very modern counter meal, or try Moon Under Water, the stark white dining room that has become one of the city’s most coveted reservations for his set price, four-course meal. Bar Lourinha’s Matt McConnell has joined his brother on the street with Casa Ciuccio (15 Gertrude St, pictured above), where Mediterranean flavours come in the form of little bites to share, seafood from the chargrill or meat cooked for hours in the coal pit out back. Just down the road, The Workers Club (cnr Brunswick St) is the place to get your indie kicks in the bandroom, but if it is cocktails you’re after, The Everleigh (upstairs 150 Gertrude St) is one of Melbourne’s best bars, serving up superb classics in a speakeasy-styled space. And Belle’s Diner (156 Gertrude St) has transformed the old Dante’s into a mod American diner with rocking ribs, fried chicken and slaw.
■ First found around the suburbs of the inner-north but now driving further afield, getting a feed from a food truck is the cool kids’ lunch or dinner of choice. Beatbox Kitchen, with burgers its main game, was the first on the road and kickstarted the craze, but now all manner of vans can be found. Whether it’s for tacos (Taco Truck), or po boys (Gumbo Kitchen), or chargrilled corn (Cornutopia), there is a truck to suit all tastes and sate all hunger. To find out where the trucks are parked, visit wherethetruck.at and get your fill.
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■ Melbourne has been hit by a Mexican storm, with tacos, tortillas and tequila the hottest items in the city’s hottest spots. The granddaddy, Mamasita (1/11 Collins St, Melbourne) is still one of the best, with the grilled fish taco and the braised pork tostaditas just two reasons the crowds keep coming back. Touche Hombre (cnr Lonsdale St and Tattersalls Lane, Melbourne) gives a neon-lit hipster nod to proceedings, where DJs ply the decks while you fill up on tacos with a twist. At Senoritas (16 Meyers Pl, Melbourne) regional specialities are washed down with first-rate margaritas – and best of all, here you can book. The Newmarket Hotel (34 Inkerman St, St Kilda) is where St Kilda’s most glamorous come for cocktail pitchers and Latin American street food including the notto-be-missed soft prawn tacos (pictured above). Around the corner, Radio Mexico (11-13 Carlise St, St Kilda) serves home-style tacos from a custom-built van, or for a very modern Mel-Mex marriage try the kangaroo burrito at Fonda Mexican (248 Swan St, Richmond). Time for tequila? Head to Little Blood (Level 1, 272 Brunswick St, Fitzroy) where nowt but bottles of Mexico’s finest export line the shelves.
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■ If you follow the Yarra River you’ll find South Wharf, a gateway to Docklands and the city’s newest precinct with a promenade built for dining pleasure. Having created some of the city’s busiest venues over the years, Paul Mathis is no stranger to Melbourne’s dining scene and has not one, but two new venues here. With a multicoloured Lego brick bar at its heart, The Sharing House is a light and bright space where a broad menu of small and large dishes are served to be, yes, you guessed it. His second venue, Akachochin, is a more focused affair, a Tokyo-style izakaya where first-rate sushi and sake are served either around the large marble bar or overlooking the river. When it’s steak you’re after, it’s steak you’ll get at Meat Market, where various prime cuts of Australian beef are expertly cooked on the central chargrill. If a slice of Spain is more your style, Bohemian serves world-class tapas and tastes from lunch until late from Michelin-starred chef Josep Espuga. Sibling to Federation Square’s muchloved Riverland, The Boatbuilders Yard next to Polly Woodside is a sprawling mix of indoor and outdoor spaces where the beer is cold, the barbie is hot and the crowd of locals and tourists alike is fun and friendly.
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Raising the bar Tasty tipples ■ Melbourne’s bar scene is renowned
■ The city has many spots where you
the world over which means you are never far away from a quality cocktail, a perfect pint or a well-chosen wine. From the folks behind iconic container bar Section 8 comes a brand-spanking addition to their family, Ferdydurke (Levels 1 and 2, 239 Lonsdale St, Melbourne), where top tunes, boutique beers and swanky spirits are the name of the game. Above one of the north’s favourite pubs, The Retreat, lives Amelia Shaw (280 Sydney Rd, Brunswick), a damn classy dame. Table service, exquisite cocktails and a round – yes, round! – pool table make for a space memorable for all the right reasons. The stylish Strange Wolf (Strachan Lane) up the Paris end of the city morphs from early evening drinks to late-night dance den and is a top spot for both. It’s all about dark and moody glamour – and a taxidermied animal or two – at The Woods of Windsor (108 Chapel St, Windsor), where an impressive and extensive range of whisk(e)y is the tipple of choice. And in Richmond the Sand Hill Road boys have added to their pub portfolio (that includes Richmond Club Hotel, Prahran Hotel, Holliava), giving The Bridge Hotel (642 Bridge Rd, Richmond ) a clever makeover in their signature way. With five bars to chose from, it’s easy to settle in for the night.
can drop in for a drink or two and stay for a bite or three, but there are some where the food shines bright. Rising up above the rest – 55 floors to be exact – Lui Bar (Level 55, 525 Collins St, Melbourne), part of Shannon Bennett’s multi-awarded Vue de monde, has incredible views that are, incredibly, secondary to the range of cocktails on offer that accompany five-star snacks – think posh ham ’n’ cheese toasties and Nutella doughnuts. The bar at Pei Modern (Collins Pl, 45 Collins St, Melbourne) isn’t simply a support act but a destination unto itself, where innovative cocktails share the stage with such staples as steak tartare (pictured above), and chicken liver parfait. To lend the night an elegant Japanese flavour, ring the buzzer at HiHou (Level 1, 1 Flinders Lane) for intimate surrounds, table service, sake cocktails and lobster temaki rolls. With Neil Perry penning the menu, you know the food at The Waiting Room (Crown Complex) is bound to be good, and it is. Also at Crown and also good is the Old English pie and mash at Mr Hive Kitchen and Bar. Whether it’s for a champagne breakfast or some shiraz and charcuterie, Bar Ampere (16 Russell Pl, Melbourne) is great from early until very late.
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■ Once the sun goes down and the disco lights come on, all roads lead to the dancefloor. Famed rock bar and live music venue Ding Dong Lounge (18 Market Lane, Melbourne) faced a fire and had a facelift and is now open again for loud music and cool, grungy times. The Bottom End (579 Lt Collins St, Melbourne) is a pub, diner and disco rolled into one, so all bases are covered in an outrageously fun way. For a more glamorous affair, Silk Road (425 Collins St, Melbourne) has spaces for relaxing with drinks and for dancing, but for club classics and party anthems spun by celebrity DJs, Co. at Crown is the place to be. In St Kilda Pretty Please is the new kid carving up the Fitzroy St block (61C Fitzroy St, St Kilda), and in prime Federation Square position, Transport has live music and DJs who lay firm foundations for busting a good groove. It’s an oldie, but Cherry Bar (AC/DC Lane) remains a goldie for getting your rock on until the very wee hours of the morning. Eve (334 City Rd, Southbank) is still where the glamorous go dressed to impress to dance the night away, as is Prahran’s Boutique (134 Greville St).
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ELECTRIC DAWN THOROUGHBRED RACING IS ENTERING THE DIGITAL AGE AS TRAINERS EMBRACE HI-TECH TOOLS, WRITES ADRIAN DUNN
here was a time, not too long ago, when all a racehorse trainer seemingly needed to prepare a horse was simply a good eye, a functioning stopwatch and a reliable feed merchant. While these tools of trade are still prerequisites, training a racehorse has now truly entered the technological age. Enter a trainer’s hut in the dim, dark hours of the morning at any of the metropolitan or country tracks around the state and there will be computers, iPads and smartphones all with a plethora of info – the horses’ work routines, upcoming race day acceptances, race fields and form guides – just a click away.
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No longer is a horse’s trackwork routine logged in dog-eared exercise books. These days they’re filed away in Excel spreadsheets. Training a horse no longer simply involves sending a horse out for a spin around a training track while most of us are in snoozy-land. Racehorses are still put through their paces in the dark of night – it’s a ritual of necessity given most trainers and jockeys have races to attend during the normal working hours, track riders usually have other jobs to go to and some tracks like Caulfield are, in fact, on public parkland. But these days trainers regularly avail themselves of beaches, swimming
pools – not those glitzy ones featured on Getaway – water walkers and treadmills. Yes, horses use a treadmill just like humans to shed unsightly “excess baggage” so they can be trim, taut and terrific when it matters most – under the scrutiny of the public eye. Malua Racing, jointly run by John Sadler and Troy Corstens at Flemington and Ballarat, is one of the many stables that use a treadmill machine. Up to six horses use the treadmill each morning during the week, with that number doubling on a Sunday. Corstens explains that Winchester, a Grade 1 winner in the United States who joined the stable mid-year, is just
one of the stable’s spring hopefuls who did much of his preparatory work on a treadmill. “He had a trot and canter on the slow mornings out on the (race) track, but we put him on the treadmill three mornings a week. He did all his fast work during the winter months on the treadmill,” Corstens says. And, by fast work, Corstens says it’s by no means an idle jog. The treadmill, which costs about $70,000, is cranked up to 42 km/h and that’s on a four degree incline. Maximum speed is 46 km/h, but horses have trouble sustaining this speed for longer than 45 seconds. It’s like interval training that athletes
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do. After a short burst, the speed on the treadmill is backed off and horses cool down – walk it off, so to speak – then the treadmill speed is ramped up again. Every horse that uses a treadmill is monitored to safeguard against any unexpected slip-up. So, how do horses react? Just like us. Pounding away on a treadmill comes down to personal preference. “Some love it. Sometimes horses like Winchester will stop on it, only because he’s a bit cheeky,” Corstens says. Treadmills offer trainers another tool to prepare horses to perform at their best when they’re ready to race. “It’s
just another way to get them ready,” he says. “ You don’t have to have a rider on their back and the flat surface is really good for them. “The way that you can keep horses sound by working them on a treadmill it means that it pays for itself. If you can prevent two or three injuries to good horses it far exceeds the cost.” Malua Racing also uses a “walker”, where horses, tied to a metal bar, warm up for about 30 minutes by walking laps
in a confined, undercover hut before they go on to the training track. They cool down and dry off there for a similar period after they’ve worked. “It’s imperative for what we do. It cuts down in the man hours, one of the best things ever invented.” When you think massages, you probably think of some idyllic location where you can relax while any tightness or soreness is released by an expert’s
touch. Racehorses, too, are afforded such luxury. Corstens says horses, depending on their health and wellbeing, can have a massage machine applied for about 15 minutes a morning; other horses are fitted with ice boots to keep their legs in pristine condition. Racing no longer exists in hushed tones. Corstens says now it’s all about feeding an insatiable appetite for information. Malua Racing uses social media to provide up-to-the-minute details of how a horse has worked or trialled, including a professional video production package, coming engagements as well as a full debrief from trainer and jockey. “You just have to keep your owners up to date. The game has changed, you’ve got to be at the cutting edge.” When you’re next pounding away on a treadmill trying to get in shape, chances are there’s a racehorse doing exactly the same. It’s the modern way of racing. heraldsun.com.au
Eat, love, pray Race day for a Group One contender is a blend of feeding, pampering and then hoping for glory, as Matt Stewart writes
■ On feature days, the horse must arrive on track two hours before its race. On track, the horse is first taken to a special barn to urinate. They respond to a whistle from a groom, spread their legs and spray. It makes the horse – and its trainer – feel more comfortable. Ever tried running with a full bladder? The horse is constantly walked around an area known as the Birdcage. Movement, keeping the blood pumping, is regarded as essential. A vet will come by, jab a needle in its neck and take a blood sample. If that sample later tests positive to an illegal substance, the horse will almost certainly lose the race and the trainer will have some explaining to do.
■ Saddling up takes about 10 minutes. It is done with great care. Loose girths, for instance, can be disastrous when the gates fly. Bits, blinkers, bridles are attached, like pieces in a puzzle. Legs are stretched.
Perfect preparation: Dunaden (3) wins the 2011 Emirates Melbourne Cup and, below left, the winner enjoys a well-deserved drink.
■ The feed bin tells a story. If it’s been licked clean, the first of many boxes is ticked. Appetite is essential if a horse is to go into battle. If the bin, containing a pre-mixed feed of grains and powders, is not clean this could be the first sign our hero might be better off staying at home.The horse’s temperature is taken – via a thermometer up the rearend – and it is saddled for a pipe-opener, a short run to get the blood pumping. About this time the security guard arrives. To ensure horses are not illegally treated on race morning – usually with a bicarbonate drench – stewards decided some years ago that horses to run in Group One races should be hawked by security.
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1.40pm ( for 2pm race) ■ The horse is paraded first in the
Birdcage, then the mounting yard, where the jockey is legged aboard. The jockey will often do a final check of the girth strap, as many horses tend to bloat themselves when it is first tightened by the trainer.
changed over the years. In the old days trainers tended to keep their power dry and do as little as possible with horses due to race a few hours later. Bart Cummings started galloping Cup contenders on Cup morning, and other trainers followed suit. Some horses will have a light trot and canter; others might walk for up to an hour. Some may gallop.
■ If our Group One candidate wins, he is welcomed back to the winner’s stall to wild applause. Winners and placegetters are swabbed again by the vet.
■ After a hose down and another walk –
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known as a warm down, much like with AFL players – the horse is bundled back on the truck and taken home.
■ The horse is shampooed, its hoofs oiled and coat brushed. Trainers send their horses to the races, where they are analysed with critical eyes from head to toe, with a sense of pride. Some plait tails, some press patterns on their rumps. A trainer is judged not just by the
performances of his or her horses, but also by their appearance. Horses are injury prone and are bundled on to the truck with bell boots to protect feet and bandages to protect delicate legs. A groom will accompany the horse on the truck.
■ Once home it is given a drink. On race day a horse might drink up to 30 litres of water. It is given a bigger feed than the night before and checked over for soreness. If the horse is fatigued, it might be given a saline drench before heading to a paddock for a pick or back in its box for a doze.
Ginny dress, $279.95, from Review; David Lawrence coat, $299; Tom Binns necklace, $495, from Christine; multicoloured cocktail ring, $25,250, from Hardy Brothers Jewellers; Longines La Grande Classique watch, $4550; sorbet daisy-bed fascinator, $220, from House of Snowball.
Kjetil peak lapel blazer, $398, Kjetil pleated slim pant, $229, Alante french cuff shirt $179, and silk tie, $129, all from Arthur Galan AG; H by Hudson shoes, $279, from Aquila; Dita glasses, $495, from Wink Optometrists; Longines Lindbergh Atlantic voyage watch, $6600.
Samara Weaving and Axle WHITEhead from SEVENâ€™S home and AWAY get in the mood for the cup carnivalâ€™s glamour and excitement
Jigsaw floral sleeveless dress, $299; Ponaro shoes, $149.95, from Wittner; Wendy Mead hat, $POA; Lovisa necklace, $39.99.
Kjetil peak lapel blazer, $398, Kjetil pleated slim pant, $229, Kitts GG placket shirt, $179, and silk tie, $129, all from Arthur Galan AG; H by Hudson shoes, $279, from Aquila.
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Karen Walker dress, $485; Fonda shell patent shoes, $170, from Zomp; multi-bead and chain bracelet, $49, and diamonte rope necklace, $79, both from Shag; Colette by Colette Hayman facetted dome ring, $8.95; Liza Stedman Fedora Blues hat, $POA.
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(Above) Samara wears:
White Mirabelle vintage lace dress, $950, from House of Snowball; Melissa Jackson ivory straw disc hat with twist deco trim, $395; Peter Lang for Cue white stone ear cuff, $79; Lovisa bracelet, $16.99; white beaded elastic ring, $29, from Shag.
Hackl contrast lapel jacket, $498, Kitts GG placket shirt, $179, bow tie, $129, and silk pocket square, $49, all from Arthur Galan AG.
(Right) Samara wears:
Leona Edmiston Katie dress, $445; Giallo patent shoes, $195, from Zomp; Phillip Rhodes draped Grace Kelly demi-hat in burnished gold silk, $499; Lovisa necklace, $39.95; multicoloured cocktail ring, $25,250, from Hardy Brothers Jewellers.
p20 Samara’s blue outfit:
choo heel shoes, $129.95; Karen Millen mini satchel with enamel turnlock, $295; Colette by Colette Hayman necklace, $9.95; orange beaded ring, $29, from Shag; Karen Walker sunglasses, $295, from Wink Optometrists.
p21 Axle wears:
Kass washed contrast panel jacket, $498, Kass bound pant, $229, Alante french cuff shirt, $179, silk tie, $129, and silk pocket square, $49, all from Arthur Galan AG; H by Hudson shoes, $279, from Aquila; Dita glasses, $495, from Wink Optometrists.
p21 Samara wears:
Nina Ricci floral top, $1000, and skirt, $2200, both from Myer; white iced stand collar, $110, from House of Snowball; Canape shoes, $195, from Zomp; Philip Treacy hat, $1500, Tom Binns necklace, $495, and Lanvin heart necklace, $695, all from Christine; Isson sunglasses, $340, from Wink Optometrists; multicoloured cocktail
Sleeveless contrast panel dress, $269, and elegant patent Mary Jane shoes, $189, both from Jigsaw; Phillip Rhodes Swinging ’60s print satin hat with steeple crown, $599; white beaded elastic ring, $29, from Shag; Karen Millen bag, $375; gloves, stylist’s own.
ring, $25,250, from Hardy Brothers Jewellers.
p20 Samara’s apricot outfit:
cocktail ring, $89, and earrings, $18, both from
Perri Cutten Polly dress, $399; Phillip Rhodes flamingo pink tip tilted beret with woven satin detail, $699, exclusive to Myer; Wittner choo-
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Sonia Rykiel dress, $700, from Myer; Daisy hat, $350, from House of Snowball; red beaded Shag; Thierry Lasry sunglasses, $420, from Wink Optometrists; David Lawrence Mia leather handbag, $199; gloves, stylist’s own.
Photography Stu Morley stumorley.com Creative co-ordinators Simone Norris, Michelle Richardson
Stylist Bec Cole at Coco Productions Stylist’s assistant Emily Gavan Hair and make-up Eliza Langdon Models Samara Weaving and Axle
Whitehead, courtesy of Channel 7 Flowers by Niddrie Flowers niddrieflowers.com.au
Arthur Galan AG agclothing.com Aquila aquila.com.au Christine 9654 2011 Colette colettehayman.com.au Cue cue.cc David Lawrence davidlawrence.com.au Hardy Brothers Jewellers www.hardybrothers.com.au
House of Snowball houseofsnowball.com Jigsaw jigsawclothing.com.au Karen Millen karenmillen.com.au Karen Walker 02 9281 1110 Leona Edmiston leonaedmiston.com Liza Stedman Millinery lizastedmanmillinery.com Longines longines.com Lovisa lovisa.com.au Melissa Jackson Millinery Salon 9415 8836 Myer myer.com.au Perri Cutten perricutten.com.au Phillip Rhodes philliprhodes.com.au Review review-australia.com Shag shagshop.com.au Wendy Mead 0414 274 826 Wink Optometrists winkoptom.com.au Wittner wittner.com.au Zomp zomp.com.au
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First aid Flemington TV
RACV meeting point WS Welfare shelter
Toilets for disabled
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Pin & Win barrel entry
Pin & Win sellers
Food & beverages
Free drinking water
Corporate marquees, dining & ticketed enclosures
Alcohol-free zone 21 D2 Bart Cummings statue 30 E1 Betting Ring (Elms) C3 Betting Ring (Main) D1 Chairman’s Club carpark C1 Channel 7 broadcast compound 8 C1 Committee Room 22 D2 Corporate reserved carpark C1 Corporate suite carpark C1 Corporate suites – Hill Stand 12 C2 Corporate suites – Mounting Yard 20 D2 Emirates Junior Members’ Marquee F1 (Emirates Stakes Day only) 31 Headquarters Tavern 9 C2 Float park G1 Gallery Restaurant 7 C2 H1 Helipad Heritage Centre 35 E1
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Flemington Drive Unreserved Members’ parking/ The Rails reserved parking
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The Elms B3 The Grandstand D2 The Punters’ Lounge D2 – Level 1 13 The Forum – Level 1 14 D2 The Atrium – Level 2 15 D2 The Chairman’s Club D2 – Level 3 16 The View – Level 4 17 D2 The Peak – Level 5 18 D2 The Nursery 43 E1 The Precinct 2 B2 The Rails 44 G1 The Rose Room 45 B2 The Village 46 B3 Trackside Enclosure 39 C4 Undercroft C2 Winning Post D3 Winning Post Enclosure 41 D3 Yellowglen House E2 Map correct at time of printing.
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■ The 2012 Melbourne Cup Carnival is a fully ticketed event. You must buy a ticket before you get to Flemington unless you hold a general admission Season Pass for the 2012-13 season. Admission to the racecourse is included in all pre-booked ticketing to a marquee, reserved grandstand seat, restaurant or enclosure. ADULT CHILD* STUDENT/ PENSION † DERBY DAY
STAKES DAY FAMILY PASS (two adults and two children) $110 * Under 16 years and must be accompanied by an adult. † Full-time students with secondary/tertiary photo ID card; Pensioner concession card holders.
SEASON PASS ■ General admission racegoers can buy a Season Pass for $200 (valued at $560), for access to all general admission areas at Flemington, including the Melbourne Cup Carnival during the 2012-13 season. Buy at flemington.com.au BOOKINGS ■ Tickets from ticketmaster. com.au or call 1300 136 122. MELBOURNE CUP CARNIVAL PREVIEW DAY Saturday, October 6 (tickets at the gates) ■ Adult $30 ■ Student $30 ■ Pension $24
AND THEY’RE OFF! ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR A GREAT DAY AT BEAUTIFUL FLEMINGTON
Getting there TRAINS
■ Flemington trains will depart
Flinders St (Platforms 8 & 9) stopping at Southern Cross (Platform 14) and North Melbourne (Platform 6), then express to Flemington. No alcohol is to be taken on the train. A valid Myki is needed for travel. The first train will leave Flinders St at 8.15am on Derby Day and Cup Day, 10am on Oaks Day and 9.15am on Stakes Day. The last train will leave Flemington at 9pm each day. Trains will run every four minutes
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■ Fr during peak times (and seven minutes on Crown Oaks Day). For inquiries and updates, contact Public Transport Victoria on 1800 800 007 or visit ptv.vic.gov.au
TRAMS ■ Catch the No. 57 tram from the corner of Elizabeth and Flinders sts. Trams stop at Flemington Drive off Epsom Rd. A valid Myki is needed for travel.
BUSES ■ Route 472 from Williamstown, Footscray or Moonee Ponds arriving on Fisher Pde, near the Riverbank entrance. Route 404 from Footscray or Moonee
Ponds arriving on Smithfield Rd. Private buses enter at Stables Drive. Buses dropping off at the Elms Precinct should enter at Lynchs Bridge. (See map, P24)
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TAXIS & HIRE CARS
■ Taxis and hire cars are not permitted
down Members Drive or Flemington Drive. Taxis and hire cars can use the main taxi rank at Stables Drive via Smithfield Rd (for main turnstiles), or via Leonard Cres off Langs Rd, or Lynchs Bridge Gatehouse (for Elms turnstiles). At the end of each race day, controlled taxi ranks will operate at all of these locations. (See map, P24)
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A VIP CROWN OAKS EXPERIENCE THE HERALD SUN, VICTORIA RACING CLUB & CROWN HAVE JOINED FORCES TO GIVE READERS THE CHANCE TO WIN A VIP CROWN OAKS EXPERIENCE FOR TWO IN 2012 Also, 20 double passes to Crown Oaks Day will be up for grabs. The major prize includes two tickets to the VRC Oaks Club Lunch at Crown Palladium on Wednesday November 7, 2012, followed by a luxury overnight stay at Crown Metropol for two people including breakfast and valet parking.
On Crown Oaks Day, the couple will travel by Melbourne Cup Helicopters to Flemington and enjoy hospitality in the Champions Cocktail Marquee. Race-day hospitality includes beverages, race books, ticketing and access to Lawn Stand seats.
FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN SMS YOUR FULL NAME, AGE & ADDRESS TO 1991 9909 SMS cost 55c incl GST. Competition closes 11.59pm (AEDT) on 8/10/12. Entry is only open to Victorian residents over the age of 18. Entrants in the competition may enter as many times as they like, however, only one prize per phone number will be awarded. The winners will be drawn at 10am (AEDT) on 9/10/12 at Salmat IDR. For SMS help call 1300 131 276. Winners will be notified by mail and the details of the major prize winner will be published in the Herald Sun public notices on 25/10/12. Visit heraldsun.com.au/competitions for full terms and conditions.
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HELICOPTERS ■ Flights from Melbourne CBD, Essendon and Moorabbin airports. Call 1300 724 927 or visit melbournecuphelicopters.com.au
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PARK & RIDE ■ Undercover parking at Etihad Stadium, then walk to catch a train at Southern Cross station (Platform 14). Undercover parking at Harbour Town at Waterfront City. Catch the No. 86 tram to Southern Cross (Platform 14).
CAR PARKING ■ Limited parking is available in the centre carpark ($20). Enter off Smithfield Rd at the Stables Drive entrance.
MEMBERS’ CARPARKS ■ Members using the unreserved carpark must enter via Flemington Drive off Epsom Rd. Reserved site holders in The Nursery, The Rails and The Domain should refer to directions in their confirmation pack.
CORPORATE CARPARKS ■ Reserved parking off Leonard Cres for patrons of The Terrace Restaurant, Skyline, Panorama and The Gallery restaurants and for Hill Stand corporate suites. Reserved parking off Leonard Cres for Trackside Enclosure patrons.
Patrons with a disability PARKING ■ Centre carpark ($20). Enter at Stables Drive, off Smithfield Rd.
■ Front row of VIP area, off Leonard Cres carpark (limited spaces).
■ The Grandstand: back row of glazed seating (Members only.)
■ VRC members with rank ¾ car pass in the members’ unreserved carpark (limited spaces).
TOILETS ■ Public: west end of Undercroft, east of betting ring, Elms & Hill precincts.
VIEWING ■ Below the western end of the Lawn Stand, just past the Winning Post, and below the eastern end of the stand.
■ Members: Members Stand, the Grandstand (levels1-5), the Nursery, Rails, Birdcage, and the Domain.
Mounting Yard, and can be accessed via the public lawn.
LOST TICKETS ■ Replacement tickets may be issued at the VRC’s discretion, charges apply: Ticketmaster/VRC Enclosure ticketing: $25 a ticket; wristbands $60.
CARNIVAL MERCHANDISE ■ Merchandise outlets will operate at the racecourse and at flemingtonshop.com.au
PASS-OUTS ■ Pass-outs are available at the turnstiles so patrons can leave the racecourse and return.
ATM/EFTPOS Reserved parking in the centre of the track for Winning Post Enclosure patrons. Enter at Stables Drive.
On Course RACEBOOKS
■ Available from roving sellers and outlets on course, as well as from selected newsagents in the CBD and from Federation Square on race day and at the Cup Parade on November 5.
will be located at turnstile, bar entry points and throughout the course. ID must be presented. Alcohol must not be bought on behalf of under-age patrons.
ALCOHOL ■ The VRC is committed to the responsible service of alcohol. Liquor licence laws will be enforced across the racecourse. Failure to comply with these laws will result in offending patrons being removed. Alcohol cannot be brought on to the course. Anyone in a state of intoxication will be refused entry.
■ Proof-of-age wristbands are required
to buy alcohol. Wristband marquees
■ The alcohol dry zone is adjacent to the
■ Machines at several locations around the course. (See map, P24)
CLOAKROOM ■ Public and Members’ cloakrooms are available free. Cloaked items should be collected at the end of each day.
CORPORATE HOSPITALITY ■ Private marquees, seats or a table for 10 guests are available for one day or all four days of the carnival. Call 1300 727 575 or visit melbournecup.com
NO SMOKING ■ Smoking is prohibited in all indoor areas at Flemington Racecourse, including marquees. heraldsun.com.au
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