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Nadia Bartel Talks All Things Caulfield Cup Racing Carnival In Melbourne

This year, the Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) are launching their new fashion concept along with brand new BMW Caulfield Cup Carnival Style Ambassador Nadia Bartel.

If ever you were planning on going to the Caulfield Cup, this year is it!

We had a chat with Nadia about her new role, what racing means and the Caulfield Cup itself, one of Melbourne’s most iconic race days!


How exciting is it for you to be 2016 Caulfield Cup Carnival Style Ambassador?

I was thrilled to be offered this role as it combines my two passions of racing and fashion. It’s an exciting time to be working with Melbourne Racing Club as they are shaking things up with their new fashion offering, the David Jones Fashion Stable, and I can’t wait to be part of it.


How do you think your sense of style fits in with that of Melbourne’s racing culture?

My style is quite classic and timeless. I love clean lines, tailored cuts and beautiful silhouettes, which I think naturally fit in with racewear.

Can you list three things you’re most looking forward to seeing this year at the Caulfield Cup?

I can’t wait to see the squad photos for the Westfield Style Stakes – I think people are going to have so much fun posing for a group picture with their friends at the races. I am also excited to see the twice daily runway shows in the David Jones Fashion Stable featuring designers such as Ellery, Manning Cartell and  Romance was Born.

Lastly, I am looking forward to sipping a champagne and hanging out with my close girlfriends in the David Jones Fashion Stable. I love the idea of watching a runway show and then seeing a Group One race from the one location!

Do you think the new invigoration of the Caulfield concept will see a boost in racegoers? How?

I think Melbourne Racing Club’s new approach to fashion is modern and original. It will appeal to a bigger, broader audience as it is inclusive, easy to access and located in the general admission area of the racetrack. Race Day is also social and fun, with the new squad category in the Westfield Style Stakes a great way to connect with younger people, who may not have considered entering Fashions on the Field in the past.

What is your favourite thing about the Caulfield Cup?

It’s my favourite racing event of the year as it is so relaxed, inclusive and everyone lets their hair down.

I also love that at Caulfield Cup you are so close to the track and genuinely feel part of the racing action no matter where you are. It really is a special place to watch racing.







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James Banham is an Australian lifestyle, fashion and entertainment journalist. His writing can be found on these many topics and more in print and online publications around the country.
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