Spring rac­ing brings fash­ions to the field

Hastings Leader - - News - BY LINDA HALL

It’s spring and in Hawke’s Bay that doesn’t just mean daf­fodils and lambs — it also means rac­ing.

The Hawke’s Bay Race­course in Hast­ing comes alive over spring and sum­mer, start­ing with the Wind­sor Park Plate last week­end.

Busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager of Hawke’s Bay Rac­ing In­cor­po­rated, Greg Howie, says as the spring sun­shine re­turns, the rac­ing ac­tion moves up a notch with the grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity of the Bo­s­tock New Zealand Spring Rac­ing Car­ni­val.

“There are peo­ple from all over New Zealand com­ing to Hawke’s Bay for our race­days, which is great for us and Hawke’s Bay as a re­gion.”

On Oc­to­ber 6, tra­di­tion, fashion, style and heart-stop­ping rac­ing unite in a glo­ri­ous set­ting at Hawke’s Bay’s most glam­orous day out. The Bo­s­tock New Zealand Spring Rac­ing Car­ni­val’s grand fi­nale is the Li­va­mol Clas­sic, Hawke’s Bay’s big­gest race day.

You can use a gen­eral ad­mis­sion pass for the pub­lic stand, Hor­licks Lounge with live mu­sic with TAB fa­cil­i­ties and cash bars.

“You and your friends can also en­joy the Hawai­ian Air­lines Fashion in the Field Vil­lage with live DJ and bar. We have an al­co­hol-free fam­ily zone po­si­tioned in front of the pub­lic grand­stand on the lawn area. Your gen­eral ad­mis­sion pass also gives you ac­cess to the ZM White House for the ul­ti­mate fes­ti­val ex­pe­ri­ence.

“With New Zealand’s top DJ pump­ing out live mu­sic all day, bars, TAB fa­cil­i­ties and cater­ing op­tions to keep you fu­elled, the ZM White House is the spot to kick your heels up in style. Lo­cated along the home straight, it also keeps you close to the rac­ing ac­tion; you’ll be able to catch the races from big screens.”

Guests must be over 18 for the ZM White House. Fash­ion­istas — this is the place to be seen on Li­va­mol Clas­sic. Lo­cated track­side and as close to the win­ning post as you can get, this is where peo­ple come to en­joy Li­va­mol Clas­sic in style with some mar­quee cover for added com­fort.”

Pack­age in­cludes pre­mium lo­ca­tion, mar­quee cover next to the win­ning post, seat­ing and um­brel­las up to the track­side fence, live mu­sic be­tween races from guest DJ, three bev­er­age to­kens and a gourmet se­lec­tion of street-style food pro­vided by Or­ton’s.

“The in­ter­est in the Li­va­mol Clas­sic, our fi­nal day of the Bo­s­tock New Zealand Spring Rac­ing Car­ni­val, has far sur­passed all pre­vi­ous years. We have in­creased the ca­pac­ity in all of our hospitality op­tions this year to match the grow­ing de­mand.

“We ex­pect to have more than 2500 peo­ple in catered hospitality pack­ages, with an­other 3500 plus guests on course. It is great to see so many peo­ple in Hawke’s Bay and from around New Zealand get­ting be­hind this event,” Greg says.

There’s the Hawai­ian Air­lines Fashion in the Field pre­sented by ZM’s night host Ge­or­gia. With more than $10,000 worth of prizes up for grabs, this in­ter­ac­tive fashion ex­trav­a­ganza is on the cal­en­dar of ev­ery fash­ion­ista in the Bay and New Zealand. Ladies and gen­tle­men — show­case your rac­ing style in one of five fash­ion­able cat­e­gories:

Di­a­hann Bou­tique: Avant­Garde / Young De­signer

Thom­sons Suits: Clas­sic Men’s Race Wear

Unio Gold­smith: Clas­sic Women’s Race Wear

Spex Eye­wear: Head­wear Vivo Hair and Beauty: Vin­tage Race Wear

Hawai­ian Air­lines & Hel­loworld Waipaku­rau: Over­all Win­ner.

“The prizes for this event are in­cred­i­ble with a trip for two to Hawaii, jew­ellery, suits and dresses, glasses, beauty treat­ment and much more on of­fer for the com­peti­tors. It is great to have such a loyal group of spon­sors who re­ally help us to drive this event. This year we have also added a Vin­tage cat­e­gory, I am look­ing for­ward to see­ing what comes out of the closet for this one,” Greg says.

Mod­els Adam Green and Holly Da­ley are dressed for race day.

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