Having spent her life around horses, this year’s Myer Fashions on the Field Ambassador Rebeccah Panozza certainly knows a thing or two about the Spring Racing Carnival. A passionate equine enthusiast, Rebeccah has grown up in Melbourne and is well versed in prepping for a race day.
From backing a winner to styling the perfect look for each day, we caught up with Rebeccah to get all her tips on having a successful day at the races…
- Wear your shoes in before the big day at the track to avoid any pain on the day. And pack band aids in case of emergency!
- Plan for weather –it is Melbourne after all! You can still wear that fabulous new dress but add a matching cape or lightweight trench in inclement weather.
- Take a chance. Of course you can get it wrong, but with clashing patterns, pastel colours and bold prints a-plenty, chances are you’ll nail it. So be daring and give it a go; you might just surprise yourself.
- Get your underwear right. Ill-fitting underwear can ruin a great outfit, so get your foundations right and everything else should fall into place.
- If you are not a huge fan of hats there are plenty of alternatives. I love the structured headpieces that milliners such as Kerrie Stanley and Natalie Bikicki have produced this season.
- A bag with a shoulder strap is a great idea as it’s more functional than a clutch – it will allow you to have your hands free to place bets and juggle the race book with a glass of champagne.
- Speaking of champagne, the races are the perfect excuse to indulge but make sure you stay hydrated. Swap every second champers for a glass of water and you’ll look and feel fantastic all day (and more importantly the day after!).
- A race book is a must-have accessory whatever day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival you’re attending. It will make backing a winner easier as you can check a horse’s form and get all the tips from the experts.
- If on the other hand you fancy using your own judgement, head to the mounting yard before the race. Look out for a horse with a shiny coat and bright eyes. They should be primed for peak performance but steer clear of any that are overexcited or sweating up as they may exert all their energy before they get to the gates and fall short on the track.
- When you’ve chosen your favourite head to a bookie or the TAB. Shop around to get the best odds and make sure you place your bet with plenty of time to so you can get back trackside to cheer on your winner! Alternatively, placing all your bets at once just after you arrive on course means you can relax all day.
Rebeccah will be a guest judge on each day of the Myer Fashions on the Field Competition held at the 2014 Melbourne Cup Carnival. To find out more about how you can enter the competition, read our blog post here.
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