Get your hats on ladies, the Spring Racing Carnival is here once again, and this year it promises to deliver much more glamour and style.
The main reason for this is that Jodi Gordon (who knows a thing or two about fashion) is this year's Royal Randwick ambassador. While she hastily admits she doesn't know all that much about placing a bet, she is more than confident when it comes to fashion.
"I don't know anything about betting, I'm so bad, I guess you just pick a colour or a lucky name or number and go for it," she said.
"For me it's all about the fashion. I think all girls are the same we enjoy the day and it's more about getting the outfit together and the fashion and the shoes."
This year Jodi, who will be a judge for Fashions on the Field, predicts racegoers will be opting for glamour and sophistication, with a hint of personalised style through their accessories.
She is also looking forward to spending some time at Royal Randwick's newest attraction, the Carousel, which will be full of essential race-day facilities, including bookies on-site, a pamper palace and a selection of lounges and bars.
Here is how she will be choosing her outfit and accessories and what she won't be leaving home without when the carnival kicks off.
What do you look for in a races frock?
I think the main things are style and elegance. The races are all about classic glamorous feminine outfits style and elegance.
What is your favourite races accessory?
I am a fan of accessories in terms of hats and little bits of jewellery and a beautiful handbag. This year it's all about the hat, the proper hat. But it depends on your outfit. You could also go for a fascinator or a floral head dress.
Do you often opt for a fascinator of a hat?
I think I like to mix it up, but I love a beautiful hat. I love the idea of a hat. I think I need to try a hat on with an outfit first, though. Really, at the races you want to look glamorous and stylish but you also want to be comfortable.
What are the top three things you make sure you have in your handbag at the races?
I think I'll definitely be having some party feet in my handbag and a bit of make-up to touch up throughout the day and my phone and my form guide to place a bet.
What should the men be wearing?
I think for the guys it's all about having a classic well-fitted suit and paying attention to detail with a handkerchief and a classic-style belt and polished shoes. Men should always have nice polished shoes.
The Carousel is an over 18s event. Tickets are priced at $120 and are available through Ticketek and include racecourse admission, Carousel access and transfers to an exclusive after party.
Sydney’s Spring Carnival at Royal Randwick will include Yellowglen Ladies Day featuring George Main Stakes on September 25, Epsom Super Saturday on October 2 and the bicentenary of racing will be celebrated on October 16.