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Brisbane Race Day Round Up

By Sophia McMeekin - 29 Apr 2013

Hold on to your tiny hats, girls and boys: It's racing carnival time! I know, for some, this means careful stats analysis and some TAB action, but we are concerned with more important things i.e. What to wear, and which marquees we'll be wearing it in.

To make things easy for you, we've broken down this season's racing carnival by race day, so you know which marquees you should be seen sipping champagne in (and we're also providing you with some style tips, so you'll look good while you're sipping).

BTC Cup Day The racing carnival kicks off with BTC Cup Day on the 11th of May. We recommend the Yellowglen Lounge for the beautifully furnished deluxe bar with canapés for all, a DJ in house, and a quick stroll across the lawn to watch the action live.

Style Note: Part of the fun of race days is that the events take place during daylight hours. You'd be hard-pressed to think of another occasion when quite so much champagne is acceptable before midday, and your choice of outfit should reflect this happy occurrence. Unfortunately, some ladies don't seem to get the daytime memo when it comes to dressing for the races, and opt for evening wear, (or worse, nightclub wear). Daytime dressing means longer hemlines (to the knee, if you desire), and brighter, lighter fabrics.

Kirks Doomben Cup DayNext up on the racing calendar is the Kirks Doomben Cup Day on May the 18th.  For this fun-filled day, why not bring the whole gang and head to the Family Zone Marquee. With free children's rides and activities, you won't miss out on any racing action from the trackside St Leger lawn.

Style Note: Because you can spend a lot of the day out of doors (all the better to see the horses gallop by) you are at the mercy of the weather. Luckily, the weather in Queensland is pretty darn perfect, so this is not so much of an issue as it if for our Southern compadres. That said, a fitted blazer is a classy addition to a cute dress, and means all your bases are covered should the mercury drop.

Carlton Mid Doomben 10,000 Day The Carlton Mid Doomben 10,000 Day on May the 25th is sure to be a whole heap of fun. Enjoy the full luxe experience in the Sea Siren Marquee, ideally positioned to watch all the track-happenings with a lush green courtyard, and featuring a three-course menu and a glass of Bollinger on arrival. We know where we'll be on Doomben 10,000 Day.

Style Note: A word on hats. The hat is tricky to get right—especially when you're trying to balance out big hair. Wearing an extravagant work of art on your head might look great, but five hours in you're going to wish you'd left the statement-maker at home. The autumn racing carnival calls for heavier materials and darker coloured headwear (leave the straw for spring). We suggest you opt for an elegant, wide-brim, felt number. Your neck will thank you.

Queensland Oaks Day Pre Oaks Day, the Carnival Oaks Ball at Moda is set to be the highlight of the carnival. Take in views of the waterfront and Brisbane skyline while enjoying a three-course menu to the smooth sounds of Jessica Mauboy performing live. Then, dust yourself off the next day for Oaks Day on June the 1st, where the Stewards' Lawn Marquee is our most glamorous go-to location. With a cocktail menu designed by Philip Johnson and an enviable lawn position, this gorgeous marquee is the place to be on this elegant race day.

Style Note: Queensland Oaks Day is traditionally 'ladies day' track-side. This means the fashion becomes ultra feminine (think pastels, floaty florals, and pink roses in lapels for the gents).

AAMI Stradbroke Day The carnival wraps up with AAMI Stradbroke Day on June the 8th, and this is the perfect occasion to go for broke (but only in the fashion stakes, of course).  Our pick of the marquees is the Fashion Marquee, with bubbles and canapés greeting you on arrival, and lunch, dessert and more bubbles to follow. A make-up artist is on hand all day for those essential touch ups (a race day necessity). And budding style police have a front-row seat to all the fashion action, as the Fashions on the Field competition is judged within the marquee.

TUL Note: Today's List Love post is proudly sponsored by Brisbane Racing Carnival and endorsed by The Urban List. Our sponsored posts will never be a secret - the List Love seal will be stamped on any sponsored material you see on the site. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible.

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