This year we are thrilled to announce that Taneil Bennet is our Race Day Ambassador!

When it comes to all things style, fashion and racing there are few that could rival our event Ambassador. Taneil has a love for the process as well as the end result with hours spent on research, sourcing elements and working with makers to have her vision come together.

Taneil is a busy mum who works for GPC and finds the time to run her own small business That Cake Chic with the support of her builder husband Steven.

As a proud local Taneil is always excited to organise and attend events, especially if she can dress up and have a fabulous time with friends which made her the perfect pick for the inaugural GECC’s Day at the Races Ambassador.

Exclusive Menu

1st course

Kenilworth Brie & Blistered Cherry Tomato Croute – gf, v

Bundaberg Rockmelon & Prosciutto – gf, df

Local Banana Prawn & Tamarind Rice Paper Rolls

“The Caves” Heirloom Pumpkin & Tyme Arancini, Parmesan Soil – v

Sushi Maki, Wakami Salad, Pickled Ginger – vegan

2nd course

Hervey Bay scallop & Bundaberg Macadamia Nut Crumb – gf

Mount Larcom Red Pepper & Feta Tart – gf, v

Biloela Smoked Pork Belly Burnt Ends – gf, df

Fitzroy River Barramundi Fingers

Roasted Tomato & Basil Arancini, Rocket Pesto, Tomato Coulis – vegan

3rd course 

Slow cooked Kimberley Red Beef Ribs & Yorkshires – gf

Calliope Free Range Chicken & Mushroom Turnover

Local Crispy Whole Baby Calamari – gf

Confit Duck & Brick Pastry Pie

Roasted Cauliflower, Kale, Fregola Boats, Sundried Cranberries – vegan

4th course 

Petite Choux pastries

Petite Mille-feuille

Petite Chocolate & Raspberry Brownie

Petite White Chocolate & Strawberry Cheesecake

Valharona Dark Chocolate & Strawberry Lollipops – gf, vegan

Race Day Cocktail 

Flemington Spritz
Pavan, Passoa, Prosecco and soda water

Makybe Dry
Canadian Club, Ginger Ale, Lime, Orange, Strawberry

The Oaks Grand Indoor Beer Garden

Betting at The Oaks Grand Indoor Beer Garden

This year The Oaks Grand Indoor Beer Garden will have betting facilities available!

  • Melbourne Cup Mystery Boxed Trifecta (half div)
  • Melbourne Cup WIN / PLACE
  • Melbourne Cup Trifecta
  • Melbourne Cup First 4
  • Melbourne Cup Feature Race Packs

Download the TAB APP at the Oaks Grand prior to Melbourne Cup and present your ‘A Day at the Races’ ticket to receive $20 New Account Credit. It’s simple all you have do is:

  • Head into the Grand Hotel, Grandstand Bar – any time before Melbourne Cup
  • Download the app in the app store
  • Verify your account details with the staff and TAB Qld (must be done in venue)
  • Show your ‘A Day at the Races’ ticket
  • Receive the New Account Credit to get you started!

Enjoy Headricks Lane Beer on tap!

  • Queensland Ale
  • Fitzroy Ale

Lucky Horseshoe Prize

Wilson Island is the ultimate adults-only castaway island experience, located just 80km off the coast of Gladstone. Boasting only 9 Ocean View Eco-Tent’s Wilson Island can host a maximum of 18 guests at any one time, allowing for a feeling of private seclusion. This exclusive getaway offers peace and tranquillity in a setting of unrivalled natural beauty.

Wilson Island Package based on 2 Adults Inclusions:

  • 2 Nights of Accommodation in an Ocean View Eco-Tent for 2 guests
  • Fully inclusive property with meals and standard beverages included
  • Snorkel, Mask and Flippers for length of stay
  • Return ferry transfer between Gladstone and Heron Island for 2 guests
  • Return ferry transfer between Heron Island and Wilson Island for 2 guests

Total Package Value: $2490

Stay Period: till 30 November 2020 Blackout Dates: 20 December 19 – 5 January 20; 1-19 April 20; 27 June – 12 Jul 20; 19 Sep – 5 Oct 20 Wilson Island is closed from 28 January to 1 April.  Wilson Children Policy: Wilson Island is Adults Only – Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted

Sweeps

The A Day at the Races team are very excited to have Variety Charity for children on board organising Sweeps for 2019.

Each month in Queensland alone, Variety – the Children’s Charity receives over $250,000 worth of grant requests for children in need, many of these within the Central Coast area. At the completion of all Melbourne Cup fundraising activities, Variety will assess the current Grant Waiting List and fulfil grants for children and/or organisations who have current approved applications waiting for funding through Variety.

Entertainment and Inclusions

Live Music

As seen at this year’s B2G Village and Rockhampton’s Pop Up Polo Event, DANYON is headlining A Day at the Races in 2019.

DANYON is a multi-platform artist based on Brisbane. Hailing from South Africa, his life-long ability to connect with people transpires in his performances. Originally working as a photographer, Danyons creative energy has transformed into a career as a DJ, Model and Music Producer.

Currently holding a number of residency’s in Brisbane’s biggest clubs, he will be coming through to A Day at The Races with a lively mix of Hip Hop, RnB and House for you.

Touch Up Station

Who doesn’t need a little touch up at the races? GECC has got you covered ladies.

A Day at the Races is excitied to announce that Ess-Jay Make and Beauty will be there to touch up all our lovely ladies and keep them looking fresh through the day.

Ess-Jay Makeup & Beauty Studio, located inside Style & Co Headquarters, is a one stop shop for all things beauty and fashion. Specialising in Brow Sculpting, Lash Lifting, Makeup, Tanning and Dermaplanning facials, plus more. Ess-Jay Makeup & Beauty Studio also stocks a small range of affordable casual chic clothing that can be dressed up or down for any occasion.

Art by Marion

We are delighted to have Art by Marion at A Day at the Races!
 
For $30 (cash only) she will sketch up to 2 people in their race day outfit – what a fantastic keepsake! She will even take a photo of you, so you aren’t standing around waiting while she works.

Fashions on the Field

This years Fashions on the Field will include the following categories

  • Men’s Racewear
  • Classic Lady
  • Contemporary Lady
  • Millinery Racewear
  • People’s Choice

We are honoured to have Kellyanne Russell, Our MC Brady Walmsley and our GECC Race day ambassador Taneil Bennet as our fashion judges this year.

Men’s Racewear

On Cup Day it is easy to think that it’s all about the ladies, the fabulous Fillies. Now, more than ever, the Stylish Stallions, the Dapper Gentlemen are turning heads. Race Day is the perfect time to bust out the goods. Suits, ties, fancy pocket squares, lapel pins, hats, cuff links and maybe even a Fob watch to complete the look. Now is not the time to be shy, it’s about having fun with what you wear.

Classic Lady

Classic Race-wear is defined by Elegance and Feminine styling. Traditionally, Race-wear tends to be more conservative and less revealing, but this is in no way boring! Think “your Sunday best” with co-ordination accessories, perfect hair and simple make up. For all this is, there are a few things to remember when creating your classic race wear look; if you can see up it, down it, or through it, don’t wear it!

Contemporary Lady

The rules are, there are no rules! Well, it’s still the races so there are guidelines to be aware of. Pants are acceptable but denim is not. Sorter length frocks are fine but keep it classy. Hats are not essential but pop in a bow or a cluster of on trend hair clips to sparkle. This is the time to push the boundaries of Races fashion. Make it stylish, fun and unmistakably fabulous!

Millinery

The main focus to any races outfit is the crowning glory, that one element that ties the look together. There are so many trends this year that it’s really a case of anything goes… as long as it is fabulous! hats, Fascinators, Turbans, Headbands, Bows and Beads all are wonderful when selected thoughtfully to complement the entire outfit. Remember ladies, it’s not about being mactchy-matchy anymore, it’s all about choosing a piece that makes your face smile and outfit shine.

People’s Choice

Style and fashions is completely subjective, as it should be! Different opinions on what is fabulous is what makes a Race day such a colourful, amazing display of all things fashion! People’s choice is not just a popularity content, it is the opportunity for all of us to put our hands up and say well done, you look fabulous!

Exclusive Deals

3 Style Clothing

Present your ticket to GECC’s Melbourne Cup Event and receive 20% off full price ladies race wear! The ticket must be presented in store when making your purchase to receive the discount and is available until the day of the event.

Shoe Luxe Gladstone

Present your ticket to GECC’s Melbourne Cup Event and receive 20% off full price shoes and clutches! The ticket must be presented in store when making your purchase to receive the discount and is available until the day of the event.

Runway 7

Present your ticket to GECC’s Melbourne Cup Event and receive 20% off full price ladies race wear! The ticket must be presented in store when making your purchase to receive the discount and is available until the day of the event.

Saltt Clothing

Present your ticket to GECC’s Melbourne Cup Event and receive 20% off full price ladies race wear! The ticket must be presented in store when making your purchase to receive the discount and is available until the day of the event.