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..

Ladies in Racing - - Contents - Story by Damien An­thony Rossi - 2018 Car­ni­val Fash­ion Am­bas­sador • Im­ages by Jared Vethaark and Ross Steven­son

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.


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

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