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What makes Relaxed Racing different?

Goodbye fascinator, hello sun hat: here’s why the most chilled-out part of the racing season is also our favourite

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Love the buzz of a raceday, but feel you could do without the dress codes and the crowds? We feel you, which is why we’re saddling up for Relaxed Racing: a seven-week run of race days across Victoria’s best tracks, where you’re encouraged to dress casual, bring the family, and enjoy a gourmet picnic on the lawn. If you’re a Spring Carnival regular, or you’ve always wanted to see what the fuss is about, here’s what you need to know:

It’s your chance to rock your best casualwear
Just because this is a fascinator-free zone, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dress to impress. Sun dresses and open-collared shirts at the ready, Melbourne: Fashions on the Field remains part of the tradition here, and the right floppy straw hat could make or break your look.

It’s where the future champions of the sport come to stretch their legs
While you might be taking it easy on a deck chair, the talent on the tracks is nothing less than breathtaking. Relaxed Racing showcases the first Group 1 race meetings of the year, which means you’re in prime position to watch elite thoroughbred horses do what they do best.

It’s the perfect addition to your summer social calendar 
Roadtrip, anyone? While you could head to Flemington or Caulfield for a Relaxed Racing day, you could also venture further out to regional Victoria. Sunny Mornington and the pastoral Yarra Valley are just two of the picturesque locations on offer – and once you’re there, you’ll find lush lawns, deck chairs and top-notch restaurants. Relaxed Racing is a thoroughly family friendly event; kids are kept entertained by face painting, craft activities and rides. Add trackside live music and gourmet picnic hampers to the equation and you’re laughing all the way to the finish line!

Lawn passes are available from $10. Follow @RelaxedRacing on Instagram or head for the latest fashion tips and a taste of the gourmet goodies you can expect on the day.

Relaxed Racing is celebrated across Victoria, so visit for a full list of all events, hospitality packages and race days. Also keep an eye on the Relaxed Racing site for style tips, entertainment ideas and race day insights.


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