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Postcard from Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival

Postcard from Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival

Spring Racing Carnival is when Melbourne wakes up from a sleepy winter, puts on its nicest fascinator and heads outside to sip champagne in the sunshine.

Christine Amorose at Melbourne Cup 2011, Spring Racing Carnival

While Melbourne Cup is the biggest event of the year–falling on the first Tuesday of November, it’s a public holiday in Victoria–there are a number of horse races throughout October and early November.

Spring Racing Carnival is just as much about the fashion as it is about the horses. The main department stores host fashion shows, where savvy young ladies can compete for extravagant prizes and the crown of being the most fashionable woman at the races. The boys embrace the chance to sass it up as well in a new suit and tie. Everyone places bets, whether they’re studying the race book or simply choosing the funniest names. And many have a guzzle: it’s as much of a boozy day out with friends as anything else.

I was lucky enough to score tickets to the Young Members section for Caulfield Guineas Day and The Nursery at Melbourne Cup. Great friends, cold champagne and a chance to get dressed up: easily a couple of my favorite experiences in Melbourne!

Winning bets on Combat Kitty at Melbourne Cup, Flemington Racecourse 2011
Melbourne Cup got off to an excellent start with some winning bets. I won three out of three bets, coming out $140 on my first bet–after that, my friends started betting on my tips and we all won on Combat Kitty for the win!

Black Caviar at Caulfield Guineas Day 2011, Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival
Black Caviar: one of the winningest horses in Australian racing history!

Young Members at Caulfield Guineas Day, Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival 2011

The ladies at Caulfield Guineas Day in the Young Members section: an excellent introduction to Spring Racing Carnival.

Drunk people at the Nursery, Flemington Race Course, Melbourne Cup 2011

 

Drunk people in The Nursery on Melbourne Cup Day: we didn’t know the pumpkin hat lady, but there were plenty of shenanigans in the marquees surrounding ours.

Caulfield Guineas Day 2011, Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival

The Caulfield Racecourse: thankful for sunny days! 
Caulfield Guineas Day 2011, Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival

 

The Caulfield Racecourse: everyone in a frenzy over Black Caviar.