What to wear to the races at Ellerslie Racecourse

Dressing up for the races is no new phenomenon - from the olden day tales of women putting ostrich feathers in their hair in order to attract a suitable husband out of the crowds, to model Jean Shrimpton's legs that stopped a nation at Australia's Victoria Derby Day in the 1960s, right through to current day where the likes of Instagram is flooded with searches for racewear inspiration coming out of major events such as Royal Ascot or the Melbourne Cup where the Royal Family & celebrities alike dress up & enjoy the occasion of a day spent trackside.

Racedays at Ellerslie are no different - racegoers are warmly encouraged to get dressed up for the occasion, no matter where they may choose to spend their day on course.  

After-the-last-race activities  

Selected dates

  • If you are staying on course after the last race to continue the fun, you must be suitably attired to ensure you can be admitted to any post race activity

  • Strictly no jeans, denim, singlets, jandals, sneakers, sports shoes or collarless shirts such as t-shirts or anything else that does not meet requirements*  

  • Smart dress shorts with a collared, short or long-sleeve shirt (for men) may be worn

  • Most people will be in raceday attire, i.e. pants & shirts, suits and dresses (with headpieces on major days), and a smart standard of dress is encouraged 

Ascot Stand 

Various dates

  • Most people will be in raceday attire, i.e. suits and dresses (with headpieces on major days), and a high standard of dress is encouraged in this stand

  • Strictly no shorts, singlets, jandals or collarless shirts will be accepted in any area of this stand 

  • No jeans or denim are permitted on Level 2 of this stand & it is discouraged elsewhere in this stand, particularly on premier days such as Melbourne Cup Day, Twilight Summer Night, the Boxing Day & New Year's Day Races, Karaka Million & Auckland Cup Week where a high standard of dress is expected

  • Traditionally guests into this stand have dressed smartly for the occasion & this tradition continues to current day, especially so on our major racedays (as above) where suits, ties & headpieces are most common. A smart casual dress code is more regularly adopted on other racedays

Cavallo Club

22 Jan

  • Strictly no shorts, jeans, denim, singlets, jandals, sneakers, sports shoes or collarless shirts such as t-shirts or anything else that does not meet requirements*  

  • Most people will be in raceday attire (i.e. pants & shirt / suit & tie / dresses), and a smart standard of dress is expected in this area 

  • As this is one of our premium precincts and the dates listed are some of our major events, we suggest guests rise to the occasion and take advantage of the opportunity an evening at the races presents whereby it's completely acceptable, and commonplace, to dress up

Champagne Lawn

9 Dec

  • Strictly no shorts, jeans, denim, singlets, jandals, sneakers, sports shoes or collarless shirts such as t-shirts or anything else that does not meet requirements*  

  • Most people will be in raceday attire (i.e. pants & shirt / suit & tie / dresses), and a smart standard of dress is expected in this area 

  • As this is one of our premium precincts and the date listed is one of our major events, we suggest guests rise to the occasion and take advantage of the opportunity an evening at the races presents whereby it's completely acceptable, and commonplace, to dress up
     

26 Dec 

  • Strictly no jeans, denim, singlets, jandals, sneakers, sports shoes or collarless shirts such as t-shirts; or anything else that does not meet requirements*  

  • Smart dress shorts with a collared, short or long-sleeve shirt (for men) may be worn 

  • Note that most people will be in raceday attire (i.e. pants & shirt / suit & tie / dresses & headpieces), and a smart standard of dress is expected in this area 

  • As this is one of our premium precincts, we suggest guests rise to the occasion and take advantage of the opportunity a day at the races presents whereby it's completely acceptable, and commonplace, to dress up

Cuvée / Cuvée Riche 

2 Nov; 26 Dec; 1 Jan; 5 & 13 Mar

  • Strictly no shorts, jeans, denim, singlets, jandals, sneakers, sports shoes or collarless shirts such as t-shirts or anything else that does not meet requirements*  

  • Most people will be in raceday attire (i.e. suit and tie / dresses and headpieces), and a high standard of dress is expected in this area 

  • As this is one of our premium precincts and the dates listed are our major events, we suggest guests rise to the occasion and take advantage of the opportunity a day at the races presents whereby it's completely acceptable, and commonplace, to dress up
     

4 Dec 

  • Strictly no jeans, denim, singlets, jandals, sneakers, sports shoes or collarless shirts such as t-shirts; or anything else that does not meet requirements*  

  • Smart dress shorts with a collared, short or long-sleeve shirt (for men) may be worn

  • Note that most people will be in raceday attire (i.e. pants & shirt / suit & tie / dresses), and a high standard of dress is expected in this area 

  • As this is one of our premium precincts, we suggest guests rise to the occasion and take advantage of the opportunity a day at the races presents whereby it's completely acceptable, and commonplace, to dress up

Garden Party

9 Dec & 22 Jan

  • Strictly no shorts, jeans, denim, singlets, jandals, sneakers, sports shoes or collarless shirts such as t-shirts or anything else that does not meet requirements*  

  • Most people will be in raceday attire (i.e. pants & shirt / suit & tie / dresses), and a smart standard of dress is expected in this area 

  • As this is one of our premium precincts and the dates listed are some of our major events, we suggest guests rise to the occasion and take advantage of the opportunity an evening at the races presents whereby it's completely acceptable, and commonplace, to dress up

General Admission areas & Family Entertainment Zone
General admission (all dates) and Family Entertainment Zone (26 Dec)
  • While there is no specific dress code in general admission areas or the Family Entertainment Zone, tidy dress is expected in line with general requirements*

  • Please take note of the after-race activity dress code guidelines if you intend on joining in, along with the guidelines for any other precincts you may have tickets for

  • On major racedays (such as the Karaka Million, Auckland Cup Week, Melbourne Cup Day and the Christmas Carnival), guests in general admission are encouraged, but not required, to wear raceday attire i.e. suits, dresses, headpieces

Martini Henry Lounge 

2 Nov

  • Strictly no shorts, jeans, denim, singlets, jandals, sneakers, sports shoes or collarless shirts such as t-shirts or anything else that does not meet requirements*  

  • Most people will be in raceday attire (i.e. pants & shirt / suit and tie / dresses and headpieces), and a high standard of dress is expected in this area 

  • As this is one of our premium precincts and the date listed is one of our major events, we suggest guests rise to the occasion and take advantage of the opportunity a day at the races presents whereby it's completely acceptable, and commonplace, to dress up

Mini Marquee Village on Newmarket or Barrett
2 & 27 Nov, 4 & 9 Dec, 13 Mar
  • Strictly no jeans, denim, singlets, jandals, sneakers, sports shoes or collarless shirts such as t-shirts; or anything else that does not meet requirements*  

  • Smart dress shorts with a collared, short or long-sleeve shirt (for men) may be worn

  • Note that most people will be in raceday attire (i.e. pants & shirt / suit and tie / dresses and headpieces) and a smart standard of dress such as this is preferred 

  • As these precincts are only open on our bigger racedays, we suggest guests to rise to the occasion and take advantage of the opportunity a day at the races presents whereby it's completely acceptable to really dress up

Silks 

2 Nov; 9 & 26 Dec; 1 & 22 Jan; 5 & 13 Mar

  • Strictly no shorts, jeans, denim, singlets, jandals, sneakers, sports shoes or collarless shirts such as t-shirts or anything else that does not meet requirements*  

  • Most people will be in raceday attire (i.e. suit and tie / dresses and headpieces), and a high standard of dress is expected in this area 

  • As this is one of our premium precincts and the dates listed are our major events, we suggest guests rise to the occasion and take advantage of the opportunity a day at the races presents whereby it's completely acceptable, and commonplace, to dress up

Any date not listed above

  • Strictly no shorts, singlets, jandals, sneakers, sports shoes or collarless shirts such as t-shirts; or anything else that does not meet requirements*  

  • Smart, un-ripped dress jeans may be worn 

  • Note that most people will be in raceday attire (i.e. suit / dresses), and a smart standard of dress is expected in this area 

  • As this is one of our premium precincts, we suggest guests rise to the occasion and take advantage of the opportunity a day at the races presents whereby it's completely acceptable, and commonplace, to dress up

The Enclosure

2 Nov & 13 Mar

  • Strictly no jeans, denim, singlets, jandals, sneakers, sports shoes or collarless shirts such as t-shirts; or anything else that does not meet requirements*  

  • Smart dress shorts with a collared, short or long-sleeve shirt (for men) may be worn

  • Most people will be in raceday attire (i.e. pants & shirt / suit & tie / dresses), and a high standard of dress is expected in this area 

  • As this is one of our premium precincts and the dates listed are some of our major events, we suggest guests rise to the occasion and take advantage of the opportunity an evening at the races presents whereby it's completely acceptable, and commonplace, to dress up

The Paddock

26 Dec

  • While there is no specific dress code in The Paddock (ref: General Admission dress code), tidy dress is expected in line with general requirements*

  • Guests in The Paddock are encouraged, but not required, to wear raceday attire i.e. pants & shirt, smart dress shorts & shirt, dresses, headpieces.  That said, shoes such as jandals and peak caps, casual shorts and jeans are permitted to be worn in this precinct

  • Most people elsewhere oncourse will be in raceday attire (i.e. pants & shirt / suit & tie / dresses), and a smart casual standard of dress is expected in this area 

  • Please take note of dress code guidelines for any other precincts you may have tickets for on this day

The Turf on Champagne

1 Jan  

  • Strictly no jeans, denim, singlets, jandals, sneakers, sports shoes or collarless shirts such as t-shirts; or anything else that does not meet requirements*  

  • Smart dress shorts with a collared, short or long-sleeve shirt (for men) may be worn

  • Note that most people will be in raceday attire (i.e. pants & shirt / suit & tie / dresses), and a smart standard of dress is expected in this area 

  • As this is one of our premium precincts, we suggest guests rise to the occasion and take advantage of the opportunity a day at the races presents whereby it's completely acceptable, and commonplace, to dress up

* Finally!

While we want you to have a fabulous time while you are oncourse, there are a few items that you should avoid wearing:

  • Ripped clothing

  • Casual Shorts (with the exception of General Admission, The Paddock and Family Entertainment Zone precincts)

  • Shirts without a collar (with the exception of General Admission, The Paddock and Family Entertainment Zone precincts)

  • Parkas, windbreakers, tracksuit tops, golf and yachting weatherproofs, bomber jackets, denim jackets, leather jackets, anoraks or zipped jackets (with the exception of General Admission, The Paddock and Family Entertainment Zone precincts)

  • "Costumes"

  • Safari suits or tracksuits

  • Peaked caps or beanies (with the exception of General Admission, The Paddock and Family Entertainment Zone precincts)

  • All clothing should be tidy and presentable

 

Dress Code

If you're coming racing, get excited!  Racing & fashion go hand-in-hand, offering you one of the best opportunities to get dressed up and make the most of an occasion like no other. 

A dress code applies to certain areas on course & entry may be refused if this is not adhered to. Please remember your responsibility to ensure both your attire and that of your guests meets the required standards.