The 2018 Channel 7 Brisbane Racing Carnival
The 2018 Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival had Doomben Racecourse pumping in May and June as thousands of punters flooded through the gates for each of its star-studded feature racedays that boasted a visual feast of eye-popping fashion..
KIRIN DOOMBEN 10,000 DAY Raceday date: May 12, 2018
The golden ticket was The Birdcage marquee where celebrities including Carnival Ambassador Kendall Gilding, Home and Away’s Kestie Morassi and Sarah Roberts along with House Rules contestants Mel and Dave enjoyed the lavish hospitality. With a raceday dress theme of ‘ bold’ the Queens Plaza Fashions on the Field competition was hotly contested. Judges including The Footy Show’s Beau Ryan and wife Kara had their work cut out for them. “I wasn’t expecting it to be this hard, the calibre is so high. My stress levels are through the roof”, said Ryan. In the end, Wynnum’s Mildred Ellwood took out the women’s category in a stunning maroon avantgarde self-designed free form dress with matching faux fur, inspired by a character from her teenage sons favourite Japanese video game. Petrie’s Richard Presslands was victorious in the men’s stakes.
HARDY BROTHERS DOOMBEN CUP DAY 2018 Raceday date: May 19, 2018
The 2018 Channel 7 Brisbane Racing Carnival continued its run of idyllic weather for its second feature raceday, the Hardy Brothers Doomben Cup Day. A spirited 5000+ crowd fronted up in their racing finery intent on fully enjoying a day at the races. With as much action happening off track as on, there was no shortage of familiar faces swanning around Doomben. Special raceday guests Bachelor in Paradise favourites Tara Pavlovic and Sam Cochrane proved especially popular with reality TV star struck punters, tirelessly posing for one selfie after the next. The Birdcage with its lavish trackside hospitality was the day’s hottest ticket, drawing a bevy of big names including Broncos players Darius Boyd and Jack Bird, Nova brekky boys Kip Wightman and David ‘Luttsy’
Lutteral, former Miss World Australia Tess Alexander and Carnival Ambassador Kendall Gilding with husband Tim Morgan.
The Queens Plaza Fashions on the Field competition delivered an impressive and diverse array of racing fashion. Entrants adhering to the day’s ‘Fashion Forward’ dress theme that encouraged pushing the boundaries of traditional racewear, paraded for judges including blogger/influencer Kayla Boyd, Brisbane’s Queen of Hats, Dale Olsson, stylist Sarah Elizabeth Turner and myself. Reflective of the global women’s empowerment movement, it was a skyblue Rebecca Vallance double-breasted pantsuit with a wide-brimmed fedora that won top prize for Sydney’s Kelli Odell. Broadbeach’s Steven Dimech took out the men’s contest with Parkwood’s Vlad and Kate Lukashov winning Best Dressed Couple. After the final race Shannon Noll hit the stage in front of a boisterous crowd.
TREASURY BRISBANE LADIES’ OAKS DAY 2018 Raceday date: May 26, 2018
So much for lady luck as the heavens opened up over Doomben at the Treasury Brisbane Ladies’ Oaks Day. Though it caused an hour delay in the racing, the mid-afternoon shower certainly didn’t dampen the spirits of the more than 7000 punters who were already well on their way to making the most of one of the Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival’s most popular racedays. The big money race meet included two Group 1s, the $500,000 Treasury Brisbane Queensland Oaks and the $700,000 Kingsford-smith Cup with the bookies doing brusque business. For those who could afford it or scored a golden invite, The Birdcage was the place to be, packed with VIP’S and celebrities sipping Moet and enjoying the decadent hospitality. Guests included Bachelor in Paradise’s Michael Turnbull, Nina Rolleston, Jake Ellis and Megan Marx along with Channel 7’s Sammie O’brien and Nova’s Kimberley Busteed. With the style stakes notoriously high on Ladies’ Oaks Day and a $12,000 prize pool, fashionistas brought their A-game to the Queens Plaza Fashions on the Field competition with entrants adhering to the raceday’s dress theme of ‘feminine and floral’. Fashion judges including Melbourne model and mega-influencer Steph Claire Smith and milliner Meredith Mcmaster, had their work cut out for them with the high calibre of competitors. In the end it was Rockhampton’s Shannyn Hopkins who took out top prize in the women’s category for her floral embroidered lace Grace & Hart dress, powder rose faux fur stole, black leather percher hat and velvet heart handbag. Ascot’s Tess Kidston won the vintage wear category in a self-made ensemble and Paul Johnston of New Farm was sashed as best dressed bloke. Brisbane band Sheppard kept the party going long after the last horse passed the winning post.
UBET STRADBROKE DAY June 10, 201
With plenty of sunshine smiling on Doomben Racecourse for the UBET STRADBROKE and an abundance of stars were out in force, enjoying one of the country’s most celebrated racedays. More than 14,000 punters and a host of racing industry luminaries, media personalities, sport stars, politicians and fashionistas took to the racecourse. The bookies and tote kept extremely busy with consistent queues of hopeful punters who laid bets for all nine races, including the $1.5 million UBET Stradbroke Handicap won by the Darren Beadmantrained Impending ridden by Corey Brown. Once again, The Birdcage was the ticket to have for the day, with its plush blue velvet lounges, designer bar stools, giant white ottomans, and vibrant floral arrangements. The lucky ones nursed gold goblets of Moet and Chandon while upmarket restaurant, Moo Moo, indulged the crowd with an array of culinary treats that included a freshly shucked oyster bar and a yakitori grill. Enjoying the hospitality were Great Day Out presenter Damien Anthony Rossi, Sunrise’s Edwina Bartholomew, Channel 7’s Sharyn Ghidella, Bill Mcdonald, Liz Cantor, fashion influencer Nadia Bartel and Sammie O’brien along with raceday ambassadors. Entertainer Tim Campbell sang the national anthem and was joined by his husband, singer Anthony Callea. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Racing Minister Grace Grace, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, former cricketer Andrew Symonds and footy great Trevor Gillmeister also were cheering their favourite horses. More than $20,000 in prizes made entering the Queens Plaza Fashions on the Field competition tempting drawing a record number of entrants. New Farm’s Lindsay Ridings took out the women’s category, Milton’s Andy Nutton the men’s and Sydney’s Brittney Tamou was awarded best headpiece. Overall it was a great 2018 Winter Racing Carnival and the Brisbane Racing Club certainly Made History