A Checklist before Going to Horse Racing Melbourne Cup 2019

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A Checklist before Going to Horse Racing Melbourne Cup 2019

Are you planning to attend the 2019 horse racing festivity season in Australia, which is crowned by the Melbourne Cup? You are not alone, racing fans, pundits, and punters are looking forward to the ‘race that stops a nation.’

The first step to enjoying the Melbourne Cup celebrations stress-free is to pack right. Ensure you carry all that you will need for the horse racing Melbourne Cup carnival. Here are eight must-haves on the checklist.

Buy the right tickets

The Melbourne Cup is at 3 pm every first Tuesday of November, but it is not the only event. There is a curtain raiser event on the Saturday before the event. The Saturday after the Melbourne Cup race is the day for the Ladies’ Oak day, though many men show up too. The party closes with a Lexus Stakes day on 11th November.

The three extra races add a unique flair to the Melbourne Cup carnival week with sports, food, and entertainment. Besides, they are for ticket holders only. Ensure you have one for these besides your Melbourne Cup tickets.

Hotel booking

There is more to the Melbourne Cup than just the race. Festivities overrun in the city for the first two weeks of November and even after. Consequently, finding accommodation is hard if you wait to book the last minute. Early hotel booking will guarantee you a spot close to the centre of the action, the Flemington Racecourse.

Flemington race-day guide app

Flemington Racecourse is the epicentre of the Melbourne Cup festivities. It is the home of the famous Victoria racing club. Its capacity is 120,000 and is surrounded by several neighbourhoods including the Makybe Diva lounge.

Due to the size and the expected crowd, you can simplify your navigation using the race-day guide mobile app.

Know the pundits’ favourite winners

Having a favourite horse for the Melbourne Cup gives you something to watch and adds excitement to the event. Find out what other pundits say about the thoroughbreds that are likely to win or flop in various races. If this is your debut visit to the cup, then a Melbourne Cup form guide will come in handy.

The form guide is also invaluable if you plan on to put your money on a horse.

Budget for the bookmakers’ share

Punters invest more than $AUD 300 million on the Melbourne Cup carnival week. You need to set some money aside for the bookmaker. Ensure you have a budget of how much you wish to risk on various competitions, and then stick to the plan.

A quality camera

You are possibly thinking of using your phone to capture the great moments of the Melbourne Cup. However, a high-quality camera will be better since it has better focusing and zooming capability. Use it to capture all the exciting moments during the festivity.

A change of black or white clothes

The derby day is considered as the day for racing purists. As a result, the spectator dress code is black and white. The locals follow this code with religious adherence, and you should follow it too. Therefore, add two white and black pieces to your packing list, one for the stadium and another for the evening party and dinner.

Return ticket

Finally, ensure you have a return ticket. In addition to this, ensure you have a package for emergencies, in case you have to cut short your trip. Do not plan to fund your return trip with the proceeds from your betting wins. Just do it for the excitement.

The Melbourne Cup offers a lifetime experience to racing lovers. Avoid stress by planning correctly and packing adequately for the event. Use these eight items to start your checklist and add other essential ones.

Katherine Perkins

A woman who loves traveling and eating. Living for fashion, beauty, kiss and makeup!

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