Rock legend Darryl Braithwaite will perform at this year’s Balaklava Cup, adding his singing talents to the state’s largest country race meeting.
The popular crooner will play two sets at the event on Wednesday, September 2 and sing much-loved hits such as Horses in between the on track action, the Fashion at The Races competition and the general merriment which is a day at the races.
Also new this year is the food and dining precinct, the Village Green, where racegoers can dine on a varied range of top-notch nosh, including oysters, sliders, yiros and pizzas. The area will also include a super-screen TV and TAB, meaning you won’t miss a minute of the action while indulging.
On the track, you’ll be able to witness Streaky Bay-born jockey Kerrin McEvoy, best known for riding Brew to victory in the 2000 Melbourne Cup, work his magic. McEvoy also rode winners at the high-profile St Leger Stakes and the Racing Post Trophy in the UK and is just one example of the calibre of riders which grace the track at Balaklava each year.
Balaklava Race Club Chairman Wayne Henson expects a crowd of 10,000-plus to attend this year’s event.
“The Balaklava Cup is the unofficial start of the spring racing season and South Australia’s premier country thoroughbred race meet.” Mr Henson said.
“We pride ourselves on offering an entertaining day out for all racegoers and the inclusion of the Village Green and Daryl Braithwaite adds to this.”
The face of this year’s Balaklava Cup is Stephanie Robertson, a fashion-forward Adelaide-based model who is also the face of the state’s biggest shopping precinct, Rundle Mall. She will be joined by fashion ambassadors Amy Rowley and Nerida Foord.
Channel Seven weather presenter and Fashion at The Races ambassador Amelia Mulcahy will host the competition’s Balaklava heat and is looking forward to seeing style come to life.
This year’s fashion prizes provide plenty of incentive to frock-up, with over $10,000 in prizes up for grabs.
This includes the Best Dressed Female prize of a $3000 ‘Diva Bracelet’ from Feri Designer Lines courtesy of Emily Santic, a $2000 voucher from Australian Fashion Labels, $1000 worth of dining vouchers from some of Adelaide’s best venues, including Jack Ruby, the King’s Head Hotel, La Trattoria, Howard Vineyard, Cos and the Pink Pig wine. A $250 voucher from Adelaide Hatters is the icing on the cake for the lucky winner of this category.
The Best Dressed male will take home an equally impressive prize – a $3000 voucher from Tailors of Distinction.
Judges expect the Best Dressed Couple category to be hotly contested, where another $2500 prize, this time from Photography Room is up for grabs. The racegoer deemed as wearing the best hat will also win a $250 voucher from Adelaide Hatters.
2015 Balaklava Cup
DATE: Wednesday, September 2
COST: General admission $25
TRANSPORT: $25-35 per person return
GATES OPEN: 9am
PACKAGES: Starting from $169 per person
FASHION: The Fashion at the Races Balaklava is a qualifying heat for the State Final