Polo in the Barossa

After a successful McLaren Vale event earlier this year, the polo is now descending on one of Australia’s most applauded wine regions, the Barossa Valley, for the next instalment.

Barossa Polo is two-day event that kicks off on Friday 3 Dec with a twilight polo match. The all-inclusive hospitality evening is for over 18s and will have a corporate skew, encouraging visitors to celebrate the end of 2021 in style with clients, colleagues and friends.

Saturday 4 Dec is for event goers and families – one side of the field will come alive with a pitch-side party (Club Barossa), while families can enjoy family-friendly activities (including a giant slide and face painting) in a designated family area. There will also be plenty of shade and tables for those who want to enjoy a polo picnic, with hampers available for purchase.

Those wanting a complete package can head to the G.H Mumm Marquee, where you’ll enjoy French Champagne on entry, plus four hours of premium grazing food, beverages and transport to and from the event.

There’ll also be Fashions on the Field, divot stomping between polo matches, as well as a new Cellar Door Trail, which aims to showcase outstanding local producers, highlighting the very best of the region.

Barossa Polo will run from Friday 3 Dec – Saturday 4 Dec at Chateau Tanunda, Barossa Valley.

For tickets click here.

Morphettville’s Irish Spring Fling

We will be welcoming the luck of the Irish as the South Australian Jockey Club presents the Irish Spring Fling at Morphettville Racecourse. This race will be closing Morphettville’s Spring Carnival season and is the perfect welcome into summer.

The Irish themed event is a summer celebration to attend. Enjoy the on-track racing while watching the prestigious Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes live on the big screens. Pair your viewing with an exclusive hospitality package or enjoy the Guinness on tap with general admission.

Leaving spring with a bang, the day will conclude with a concert from Vertigo The U2 Experience.

Date: Saturday, 6 November 2021

Gates Open: 11am

Where: South Australian Jockey Club, Morphett Road, Morphettville.

Parking is available at The Junction on Anzac Highway for $10.

Off to the Races with Kate Freebairn

With the races approaching faster than the horses set to race, the time crunch to find that perfect outfit is becoming realer by the minute. To provide some much need inspiration, South Australian Style spoke to Network 10’s Races Fashion and Entertainment Co-Host, Kate Freebairn.

What are the biggest trends that you’re expecting to see this racing season?

Coming out of COVID restrictions, this year’s Carnival is a big celebration and I expect the fashion to reflect that. We’ll be seeing lots of bold, bright, block colours and balloon sleeves. I’m a big fan for tailored suits and I think they’ll be big this year.

When it comes to headwear – a classic hat is always beautiful but this year headbands are the new fascinators. They’re fresh and fun and so easy to wear.

What are the fashion faux pas of the races?

Elegant is always best for a day at the races. Don’t go too short with your dress, too low with your neckline, or show too much skin. This season, cut-outs are everywhere but they’re on the banned list at the races in Sydney and Melbourne. Although Adelaide’s race days are generally a little more casual, it might be best to err on the side of caution.

This goes without saying – the ultimate faux pas is taking off your shoes. You’ll have big regrets the next day!

With that being said, what’s a full-proof races outfit?

For me, it’s a tailored suit with a classic wide brimmed hat. It’s classy, flattering and comfortable to wear all day. Add a statement pair of shoes and a bag and you’re set.

So…what will you be wearing?

I’m hosting the TV coverage on all four days of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, so I’ve mixed it up. I’m usually a minimalist but we’ve pushed the boundaries for Cup Day! I’ve teamed up with an incredible designer, who is creating something amazing for me. It’s bright, bold and will be a lot of fun to wear.

In terms of entertainment, what’s on offer this season?

You can catch the broadcast of the Melbourne Cup Carnival on Network 10 and we’ve got plenty in store for people watching at home or on the big screens at events across the country.

I’m teaming with up with Rob Mills to host the fashion and entertainment and as part of that we’re featuring the best dressed racegoers from across the country for Myer’s Fashions on Your Front Lawn. There were some great entries from SA too, so I’m looking forward to chatting to some of the entrants and seeing how our locals go.

Now, I hear you have some exciting news to share…

I’m having a baby! It’s a little girl and my partner, Nick and I couldn’t be happier. I’m almost halfway, so pregnancy has made dressing for the Carnival a little more challenging this year but it will be nice to see the bump on the screen! I’m due at the end of March and can’t wait.

Be sure to catch all the racing coverage on Network 10 this racing season.

Melbourne Cup at Morphettville

There is no better place to enjoy the race that stops the nation than at Adelaide’s premier racecourse, Morphettville. The Melbourne Cup is hosted this year by the South Australian Jockey Club on Tuesday, 2 November with gates opening up at 10am.

On the day, Morphettville Racecourse will be hosting amazing on-course racing, available to view, and also presenting the prestigious Melbourne Cup live from Flemington on their big screens.

With a range of hospitality packages to choose from, you can get down to the races with corporate guests, friends or family and feel taken care of appropriately.

Date: Tuesday, 2 November 2021

Gates Open: 10am

Where: South Australian Jockey Club, Morphett Road, Morphettville.

Parking is available at The Junction on Anzac Highway for $10.

VIC Derby and Golden Eagle Day

With racing season just around the corner, it’s time to get your tickets to race day and find the perfect outfit. The South Australian Jockey Club is presenting the VIC Derby and Golden Eagle Day at Morphettville Racecourse and they invite you to dress up in your best black and white outfits and enjoy a day of racing.

This event is not only a must-attend for all racing enthusiasts, but also anyone in search of an entertaining day on the backdrop of fashion, racing and hospitality.

You can watch premium local racing on the track or be captivated by the big screens playing Sydney’s Golden Eagle and Victoria’s Derby.

Date: Saturday, 30 October 2021

Gates Open: 11am

Where: South Australian Jockey Club, Morphett Road, Morphettville.

Parking is available at The Junction on Anzac Highway for $10.