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Fun fest

Racing: like Schoolies for grown-ups

Luke Malone Booze, sex and dress-ups: why racing is more popular than ever.

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Top tents ready for celebrity circus

The Age
picture Justin McManus.
Final touches being put on the Birdcage Marquees for the Melbourne Cup.
Mumm Marquee, L'Ange de Mumm Leanne Kelly pours a champagne for Julien Marteay.

Forget the horsepower, Flemington's Birdcage is all about star power.

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Cup couture

Hearts racing in outfit stakes

Megan Gale

With the Melbourne Cup comes the Fashions on the Field - and women can't get enough, writes Georgina Safe.

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Sporting chance

Emma Freedman: track and TV star

Emma Freedman

Rick Molinsky She's a racing identity, she's colourful, and she has a big future. Meet Emma Freedman.

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Millinery marvels surface for spring


Janice Breen Burns Our best hatters unveil this year's creations.

Romance blooms at races

Orlando Bloom Miranda Kerr

The track has traditionally been a place for juicy celebrity gossip, writes Shelly Horton.

Turf wars


Natalie Craig Come spring racing time, big-name guests equal glamour. Natalie Craig explores the battle to lure the brightest stars to the trackside marquees, and why no one beats Sarah Jessica Parker.

DIY creates a new field of fashion

Randwick Races,Fashion On The Field:  Melissa Hann and Lisa Wellins. SHD NEWS PIC BY LEE BESFORD. SATURDAY October 1st  2011.

Kate Waterhouse, Angela Kelly ONE of the harsh realities of spring carnival is the prospect of arriving in the same outfit as half a dozen other women.

Timeless looks hit purple patch

Myer Mad About The Hat Day.

Kate Waterhouse and Shelly Horton THE hat styles are more structured but the colours in this season's Spring Racing Carnival palette are totally wild.

Hats get a head start as the duchess look takes to the track

Ladylike ... model Caitlin Hodgson and designer Carla Zampatti in the latest race looks.

Georgina Safe THIS year's spring racing fashion will be less Kath and Kim and more Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

Derby colour from the Marquees

Sunday Age photographers Craig Sillitoe and Ken Irwin spent the day photographing the beautiful and glamorous.

Colour of Caulfield

All the colour and fashions from Caulfield Cup Day as captured by Sunday Age photographers.

Spring racing fashion

Think chic and ladylike, with lace, crystals and pretty spring hues, and you'll be right on track for race day.

Racewear do's and don'ts

Paula Joye speaks to Emma Freedman and milliner Nerida Winter about racewear etiquette.

Fashions on the field

The strongest trends in race wear this season.

Spring Carnival Lunch

The Wishlist Spring Carnival Lunch showed the the Sunshine Coast knows how to throw a top-tier noon-day event, potentially even better than the glittery lunches the Gold Coast is famous for.

Caulfield hosts the opening weekend of Victoria's Spring Racing Carnival for 2011

Caulfield hosts the opening weekend of Victoria's Spring Racing Carnival for 2011. Sunday Age Photographer Craig Sillitoe captures the colour of the day, Saturday 17th September 2011.

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