My Melbourne Cup day at Randwick Racecourse

It was a great day at Randwick Racecourse for the final day of the Sydney spring racing carnival on Tuesday 1 November 2016.

You could enjoy live racing action by the trackside plus watch all that is happening at Flemington on the big screen. There were many themed bars, live entertainment, and premium food stalls.

For lunch we checked out The Mews by Delicious Magazine on the Octagonal Lawn and had their pork roll. We teamed it up with the new (low carb) Heineken 3 beer from their themed bar and a knafeh (which is a cheese and cream dessert) from the Knafeh Bakery.

There was no Fashion on the Field competition but I still dressed up with a white, pink and peach floral dress and matching headpiece from Review Australia. I paired the headpiece and dress with a pearl necklace and bracelet, white pointed toe heels and a white clutch.

I choose the outfit because of the light colours and florals that are so appropriate for spring racing. The colours also suit my light complexion. The style is classic and suitable for racewear. It is the right length (to the knees) and does not inappriopriatly exposing the upper part of my body. I always tell people that when they go to the races they should dress like they would for a church wedding, not a nightclub.

I find Review Australia is the most suitable brand for racewear. Review Australia designs classic, elegant and feminine pieces that allow a woman to get dressed up during the day. The biggest bonus is that they also make matching headpieces, where, unless your wearing black and/or white, it is almost impossible to find a matching headpiece off the shelf and you have to spend a lot ordering a custom piece instead.

For more information about Review Australia, go to: https://www.review-australia.com/

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The Bucket List Beach Club Marquee comes to Randwick Racecourse

The Bucket List Beach Club Marquee comes to Randwick Racecourse again during this Spring Carnival for four consecutive race days (Saturday 1 October 2016, Saturday 8 October 2016, Saturday 15 October 2016 and Tuesday 1 November 2016).

I attended the Bucket List Marquee on Epsom Day – Saturday 1 October 2016.

The Bucket List Beach Club Marquee is a self contained precinct on the Leger Lawn that brings the iconic Bondi beach to the racetrack. The interiors includes beach themed painted walls. day beds, colourful furniture, betting facilities, a bar, a diner and a DJ.

The menu, prepared by The Bucket List Chef Tom Walton, provides a casual beachside lunch with options such as Queensland fresh prawn and truffle rolls with celery and herbs; fish and chips; and Tuna poke tostados with avocado, soy, sesame and shallots..

Racegoers can also expect signature cocktails (such as Mojitos, Cosmopolitans and Margaritas) and other drinks including the new low calorie Heineken 3 in addition to a bevvy of live entertainment with some of Sydney’s best DJs performing throughout the day.

For those who wanted to watch the AFL Grand Final, The Bucket List Beach Club Marquee had a large screen dedicated to those who wanted to watch the Swans v Western Bulldogs during the raceday.

For $99, your ticket to The Bucket List Beach Club Marquee includes:
– Exclusive access to the exclusive Bucket List Beach Club Marquee on the Leger Lawn
– General admission to the course
– One meal created by The Bucket List Chef – Tom Walton
– Two Heineken 3 beverages (any additional drinks purchased on consumption)
– Access to betting and bookmaking facilities
– Complimentary infield parking via High Street.

After all the fun in The Bucket List Beach Club Marquee, my group of friends migrated to the members area (as I have been a member of the racecourse for more than 6 years) where we enjoyed champagne in the champagne bar, oysters from Sydney Oyster Girls, and then a concert in the theatre of the horses with Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora and his Australian partner, guitarist and vocalist Orianthi.

To buy tickets, go to: http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=ATCBUCKE16

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Myer hosts the stars at Randwick Racecourse for Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes Day

On Saturday 9 April 2016, Lucia Valentina and Damien Oliver won the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Petra Nolan won the Longines Prize for Elegance, Stacie Kidner won Best Dressed Woman, Brock Cross won Best Bressed Man, Longines Ambassador of Elegance, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, presented the Longines prizes and Myer hosted Sydney’s top models and celebrities in the Myer Marquee.

Lucia Valentina and Damien Oliver won one of the richest races in the world. The Swiss watch brand Longines has the honor to lend its name to this race, as well as be the Official Timekeeper and Watch of the Royal Randwick racecourse and the Australian Turf Club. The winning owner, trainer and jockey were awarded an elegant Longines watch by Longines Ambassador of Elegance Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Another elegant Longines watch was presented as the Longines Prize for Elegance by the Longines Ambassador to praise Petra Nolan from Sydney’s highly distinguished outfit during the raceday. Stacie Kidner was awarded Best Dressed Woman and Brock Cross won Dressed Man on Myer Fashion on the Field.

The watch prizes were from the Longines DolceVita collection, which illustrate the contemporary elegance of the Longines watchmaking brand worldwide. The watch is cased in steel, decorated with diamonds and featuring a silver-coloured “flinqué” dial adorned with painted Roman numerals. This timepiece is mounted on a red leather strap.

In the Myer Marquee, Myer hosted celebrities such as model Kris Smith, TV presenter Nikki Phillips, actress Jodi Gordon, The Bachelor’s Tim Robards and Anna Heinrich, celebrity make-up artist and presenter Michael Brown, model Dougie Joseph, PR guru and blogger Simon Hancock, model Carlie Philby, and many others.

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Johnnie Walker launches their new Blue Label Room pop bar at The Stables Sydney

Johnnie Walker launched their new Blue Label Room at the private members only venue, The Stables Sydney, on 29 October 2014.

Guests were invited to step inside the beautiful transformed room, which includes a lounge area and outdoor bar. The sophisticated space reflects the history, culture and essence of the Johnnie Walker brand, and includes a whisky constellation, Johnnie Walker collectibles, Alexander Walker’s quality statement and more.

Upon arrival guests were served Johnnie Walker cocktails including the ‘Blue Silk’ Old Fashioned. The ‘Blue Silk’ Old Fashioned is a cocktail reminiscent of the prestige and decadence associated with Johnnie Walker Blue Label. It is a combination of a salted caramel syrup, maple syrup and a smoked Apricot Bitters created by Mr. Bitters in Melbourne. The drink is soft and silken, hence the name, and beautifully highlights the smoke and peated oiliness found in Johnnie Walker Blue Label.

The event was hosted by whisky expert and MasterChef Australia 2014 contestant, Sean Baxter, who is the National Brand Ambassador for Diageo Reserve Whisky. Sean has been working with whisky for over twelve years, both across the bar and as a professional trainer. Sean shared his knowledge with guests through an interactive whisky tasting demonstration. Sean will feature on going tastings at the Blue Label Room for members, guests and special events.

The highlight of the evening was the gourmet canapés menu curated by Sean and the team at The Stables Sydney. The canapés perfectly complemented the rare and smooth character of Johnnie Walker Blue Label, one part of the six variants in the House of Walker range.

Dishes served on the night included oysters shucked to order – shallot and whisky vinaigrette; tartar of white fish, chilli, finger lime and fennel pollen; steak on a stick – BBQ rib eye cubes; stuffed Swiss brown mushrooms; braised pork belly, fennel slaw and mustard fruits; and to satisfy the sweet tooth of the guests, lamington and brownie desserts. 

VIP guests included Matt Doran, Justine Schofield, Joe Snell and Arrnott Olssen, who were personally chauffeured to and from the venue by event car partner Audi Centre Sydney.

The Johnnie Walker Blue Label Room at The Stables Sydney (located at Randwick Racecourse) is the quintessential arena to conduct business, relax and unwind, and enjoy special events in a professional and luxurious environment. The venue is set to be the place to entertain this Spring Racing Carnival. 

For more information on Johnnie Walker please visit www.johnniewalker.com.

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