Everest racing CARNIVAL 2019 LAUNCHED IN SPECTACULAR STYLE

The spectacular seven-week Everest Carnival, featuring over $40 million in prizemoney, led by the world’s richest turf race, the $14 million The TAB Everest and the new $7.5 million Golden Eagle, officially launched this morning, with a stylish Champagne brunch for media and the who’s who of racing and fashion at Royal Randwick.

To mark the event, official ATC Racing Ambassador, Seven Racing Expert and former Group 1 Jockey, Katelyn Mallyon, recreated today’s Daily Telegraph shot wearing a beautiful Velani flowing dress on-top of rearing retired racehorse Mr Bean, dazzling guests.

Hosted by TAB’s, Gerard Middleton, the Everest Carnival launch was held at Pony Palms, a new Palm Springs-inspired oasis where Sydney’s first trackside pool was unveiled along with high-profile DJ acts including house duo, Yolanda Be Cool, the finest in hospitality offerings featuring custom built bars by Heineken, Chandon, all-new poolside private cabanas and the Colgate Optic White Smile Studio.

Official Everest Carnival Ambassadors and Channel Seven’s Home And Away stars, James Stewart and Sarah Roberts attended alongside racing elite including Peter Snowden, winning co-trainer of the last two Everest editions with Redzel, Godolphin Head Trainer, James Cummings, Sydney Premiership Winning Jockey, James McDonald, famed chef partner of The Estate, Guillaume Brahimi, and a plethora of style leaders including Everest Carnival stylist, Jess Pecoraro, star milliners Nerida Winter and Viktoria Novak and official ATC Beauty Expert, Michael Brown.

This morning’s Champagne brunch further showcased the abundance of new activations and precincts that Everest Carnival racegoers can look forward to such as The Estate the ultimate destination for corporate and VIP guests at the races, TAB Country Club featuring croquet, custom-built Heineken bars and a big screen; Harrolds Fashion Chute featuring a photography studio and glam beauty touch-ups by Runway Room.

On display for guests to admire was this year’s $437,000 Everest trophy, designed by renowned jeweller Nic Cerrone featuring 7777 black diamonds symbolising the increasingly high stakes of the impressive 1200m event and the exhilarating Carnival atmosphere across coming weeks.

Guests tasted treats from Guillaume Brahimi’s The Estate menu including a spanner crab sandwich with coriander mayonnaise, sausage rolls with truffle, and jamon and gruyere toasties. All of these delicacies were accompanied by Moet & Chandon served in the iconic Moet goblets.

Jamie Barkley, ATC Chief Executive Officer said the Australian Turf Club is thrilled to welcome in the 2019 Everest Carnival, which commences with Colgate Optic White Stakes Day on Saturday 21 September.

“The Australian Turf Club is incredibly excited to launch the 2019 Everest Carnival, especially with a lucrative new spring program and many new offerings for racegoers including The Estate featuring The Manor and The Conservatory, Pony Palms, TAB Country Club, and elevated Harrolds Fashion Chute.

“We are much more than just horseracing we are a destination that offers a complete entertainment experience, including world-class racing, hospitality and fashion like no other in Sydney.

“The Everest Carnival has experienced significant growth year-on-year since inception three years ago and we look forward to welcoming all guests trackside.”

The third annual Everest Carnival is shaping up to be bigger than ever this year, championed by the world’s richest race on turf, the $14 million The TAB Everest on Saturday 19 October and the inaugural Golden Eagle Day at Rosehill Gardens worth $7.5 million on Saturday 2 November.

Source: Australian Turf Club


The Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour Arrives in Sydney

The Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour and Lexus campaign, Making of Amazing continues has continued it’s memorable journey, making a stop in Sydney’s iconic Campbell Cove in Circular Quay.

To welcome the Lexus Melbourne Cup, Lexus Ambassador and two-time Melbourne Cup winning jockey, Corey Brown was in attendance alongside Lexus Ambassador and racing icon Emma Freedman.

At this activation from the Making of Amazing campaign, Lexus were thrilled to unveil plans for this years Lexus marquee in the birdcage announcing it’s visionary LANDMARK by Lexus, formerly known as the Lexus Design Pavilion within Flemington’s Birdcage enclosure.

‘LANDMARK by Lexus is about creating a place where people can experience the ethos of the Lexus lifestyle without getting behind the wheel of one of our cars’, says Lexus Australia Chief Executive Officer, Scott Thompson.

In its second year as naming rights sponsor and taking pole position, the three-level LANDMARK by Lexus structure has been defined by the brands Japanese values – a spirit of hospitality, warmth and unwavering commitment to luxury design and innovation.

LANDMARK by Lexus, inspired by Lexus global platform Intersect by Lexus (in Tokyo, Dubai and New York) will offer 3 levels of luxury hospitality experiences. This includes world-class design, culinary experiences, entertainment and a hospitality offering that signifies what Lexus stands for – we’ve been expecting you.

Internationally recognised designer and advocate for sustainable living, Joost Bakker, brought a floral expression of the Lexus Melbourne Cup experience to this stop of the tour, which was displayed within the LC Coupe – a pinnacle model celebrating Lexus performance and craftsmanship.

‘I’m honoured to have the opportunity to bring the natural world inside and outside LANDMARK by Lexus, blurring the lines between interior and exterior. My piece will draw to attention the beauty and importance of nature’, says Joost.

The arrival of the Lexus Melbourne Cup in Sydney marks the final stop of the Making of Amazing, which has seen Lexus take elements of their Cup experience around the country to build anticipation towards the Lexus Melbourne Cup.

Source: Lexus Melbourne Cup


Remembering and Celebrating The Golden Years of Bill Collins

“Mr Movies”, Bill Collins, was be remembered and celebrated at a special event, hosted by Foxtel in Sydney. Bill passed away peacefully, at the age of 84, in June, bringing down the curtain on a remarkable life.

Bill’s passion for cinema led to an early career change from school teacher to television movie host in 1963. From the ABC, he went on to work at the Nine, Seven and Ten Networks before signing with Foxtel for its launch in 1995 and staying for the rest of his working life.

The Saturday night movie presentations, Bill Collins’ Golden Years of Hollywood, are fondly remembered across generations of Australians and are still available on Foxtel on demand.

Bill’s dedication to sharing his love of movies earned him awards and accolades, including the Order of Australia Medal in 1987, the TV WEEK Hall of Fame Logie Award in 2009 and, in July 2013 he was presented with the inaugural ASTRA Award for Lifetime Achievement.

 

 

Foxtel Executive Director of Television Brian Walsh said “Bill Collins was an iconic figure on Australian television for over 50 years and a treasured member of the Foxtel family.

“It is only fitting that we remember his extraordinary contribution and celebrate his illustrious career with a special event for work colleagues, friends and fans. It will be a great salute to a television legend.”

The celebration of Bill’s life on September 15 will be held at Foxtel on Oxford, in Paddington, Sydney.  The afternoon will include memoirs from some of those who worked with Bill over the years, both on and off camera, excerpts from some of his interviews and hostings and a screening of Bill Collins – Mr Movies, a one hour tribute special.

Source: Foxtel


HMS Pinafore at Hayes Theatre From November, 2019

Maverick director Kate Gaul makes her Hayes Theatre Co debut with this re-imagined, gender-bending, hyper-theatrical and kinky take on this Gilbert & Sullivan classic.

Starring Billie Palin, Katherine Allen, Tobias Cole, Rory O’Keefe, Thomas Campbell, Bobbie Jean Henning, Jermaine Chau, Sean Hall, Gavin Brown, Zach Selmes and Dominic Lui.

Mistaken identity, class warfare, sisters, sailors and the trickiest of tongue twisters abound in this nautical caper. The Hayes stage is a playground where performers sing, tell stories, play multiple musical instruments (all while changing not a word or note of Gilbert & Sullivan’s excellent work).

Gilbert and Sullivan were the undisputed masters of comic operetta, and the proud parents of the modern musical. Ample proof of their lasting brilliance is that their works are as in demand today as they were when created over a century ago, thanks to their ability to bend and adapt to modern eyes and ears.

Aboard the ship H.M.S. Pinafore, the captain’s daughter, Josephine has fallen in love with a lowly sailor, Ralph Rackstraw, despite her father’s plan to marry her to the First Lord of the Admiralty, Sir Joseph Porter. As the lovers lament their predicament and plan their escape, a surprise disclosure from an unlikely quarter shows that not all is at it seems.

“H. M. S. Pinafore answers the burning question of who, among equals, is the most equal and whether love can level ranks,” said director Kate Gaul, whose unique and fresh vision for Pinafore caught the eye of Hayes Theatre Co. “In this quirky chamber version, love is celebrated as the 21stcentury collides with the 19thcentury in unexpected ways, and the (mostly) young company re-claim G & S, test its boundaries and have a ship-load of fun.”

Featuring songs like I am the Monarch of the Sea, I’m Called Little Buttercup and He is an Englishman, H.M.S. Pinafore is a sharp and timeless satire of the social hierarchical system of the Victorian Age, promising a nautical flag dance with a message in semaphore; costumes, makeup and tattoos inspired by vintage post cards; silk cloth, knots, ropes, and a pulley or two – and at least one floatation device.

Source: Hayes Theatre


Georgia Fowler announced as special guest of the 2019 Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Carnival

Hot off the New York Fashion Week (NYFW) catwalk and straight to Caulfield Racecourse, celebrated international model Georgia Fowler is set to add a touch of glamour as she attends the 2019 Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Day on Saturday 19 October.

A special guest of the Melbourne Racing Club (MRC), the 27-year-old, New Zealand-born model rounds out the impressive line-up of celebrities making an appearance trackside this spring to take part in the New York City inspired festivities.

 

Having grown up between New Zealand and Australia, Georgia worked locally as a model before signing with IMG Models at 16 and making the career-defining move to the Big Apple. Now calling New York City home, she has swiftly become one of the world’s most sought-after fashion faces and is listed as one of the top earning models of 2018.

Georgia has graced the runway of the Victoria Secret Fashion Show for three consecutive years and worked for high profile fashion and beauty brands including Miu Miu, H&M and Prada as well as strutted her stuff for Chanel and Kanye West’s Yeezy label – travelling all corners of the globe.

With a professional golfer as a father, Georgia’s love of sport is in her blood. She is sure to make herself at home at Caulfield this spring where she will enjoy world-class racing including the Group 1, $5.15m Stella Artois Caulfield Cup, as well as the finest food, entertainment and trackside fashion.

Returning to Australian shores, Georgia is looking forward to experiencing one of Melbourne’s acclaimed sporting events and discovering how her home city of New York is translated trackside.

“I’m excited to be attending Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Day and seeing how Caulfield Racecourse will be brought to life like New York City. I love calling New York my home now, and I’m happy to be bringing a touch of the city with me to Melbourne,” said Fowler.

“I’ve always loved Melbourne and what is has to offer, its food, fashion and general vibe, and I’m looking forward to experiencing the fusion of this with New York at the Carnival”.

Peta Webster, Chief Commercial Officer at the Melbourne Racing Club shared the Club’s delight in having Georgia attend this year’s Carnival.

“Georgia is a charming character that has built a highly successful career in the fashion industry from a young age. We would love to call her our own but we’re truly excited to welcome her to Australia and to Caulfield to join in the celebration of New York City. We expect she’ll bring a sense of impeccable style and fun to Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Day,” said Webster.

Georgia joins a star-studded list of MRC special guests for this year’s Carnival including US-based musician and son of Actor Daniel Day Lewis, Gabriel-Kane Day Lewis, and power couple Jobe Watson and Virginia Slaghekke.

New Yorkers at heart, Georgia, Gabriel-Kane, Jobe and Virginia will share their love of the Big Apple trackside at Caulfield this year, taking part in the Carnival’s reimagination of New York City.

Source: Melbourne Racing Club