2017 BMW Caulfield Cup Carnival

The Caulfield Cup, a day on the calendar that sparks joy in the racing world. There is nothing quite like the buzz of a major racing event and the 2017 BMW Caulfield Cup was a day full of surprises, glitz, glamour and triumph.

The air was electric with excitement. Racegoers immaculately dressed, looking very prim and proper, which is generally the case at the beginning of the race day. The afternoon however, usually tells a different story. Fascinators clinging for dear life onto windswept hair, women hobbling around holding their heels and do I even need to mention the blisters? Oh the blisters.

In the Heath enclosure, The Caulfield Lounge, partnered with David Jones, was an experience like no other. EP & LP’s signature cocktail Where Love Lives was served on arrival, a delightful mix of guava, passionfruit, chilli, mezcal, and damiana presented in a salt rimmed glass. Moet & Chandon flowed freely and guests enjoyed an exceptional menu of tantalising treats, including baby abalone served in petite shells, lobster rolls with creme fraiche, exquisite hot and sour beef tartare, and the most divine desserts I have ever laid eyes on.

If that wasn’t impressive enough, then came afternoon cocktail hour and more, yes I repeat more, delectable goodies. The David Jones signature chocolate dipped strawberries were simply delicious and the perfect pairing with the bottomless champagne. Julian Robertshaw, Executive Chef at Melbourne Racing Club is a culinary genius and designed the perfect race day menu.

The David Jones Fashion Stable was a style hotspot and featured show stopping runway collections, providing fashion inspiration for upcoming racing events. Guests enjoyed the spring catwalk presentations whilst sipping wine out of stylish pink and blue champagne flutes.

The Moet and Chandon lawn proved a winner, and it was no surprise that the trackside location sold out. Guests were treated to an all-inclusive drinks package and grazing menu, designed by event specialist Tommy Collins. Whilst the weather left a little to be desired, it certainly didn’t dampen the vibe and excitement of the exclusive garden party inspired soiree.

The prestigious Caulfield Cup was first run in 1879 and has been the race where legends have been made with nail biting finishes, favourites pipped at the post, and most recently, where a 6 year old named Boom Time stunned punters and claimed Caulfield Cup Victory (and won me $41). It was a spectacular day full of fun, frivolity, champagne and immense appreciation for the wonderful world of Australian horse racing.

Tennille Moore is a fashion loving, adventure seeking Melburnian, on a quest to find the hottest events throughout Victoria and beyond. You can find her at @travellingsoulsister.

The 2017 BMW Caulfield Cup Carnival will be back in 2018. Keep an eye out for the 2018 dates on their website.

The Plus Ones were invited guests of Melbourne Racing Club.
Image Credit: Caulfield Racecource