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FASHION | A trip to Melbourne beckons for winner of The Ned Prix de Fashion

Auckland Thoroughbred Racing (ATR) is pleased to announce the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) is, once again, a major partner of the prestigious national fashions in the field final, The Ned Prix de Fashion.


Thanks to the VRC, the winner of The Ned Prix de Fashion will get to enjoy the colour and sights of the Melbourne Cup Carnival 2022 as part of a prize from the club valued at $5,000.


Boasting a $20,000+ prize package, The Ned Prix de Fashion was due to take place on Vodafone Derby Day (5 March 2022) as a part of Auckland Cup Week® however, due to COVID-19 restrictions on event attendances, it has instead found a home online for the second year in a row. More here.


The Ned Prix de Fashion 2021 Supreme Winner, Laura Campbell
The Ned Prix de Fashion 2021 Supreme Winner, Laura Campbell

The VRC, who created the extremely popular digital Myer Fashions on your Front Lawn® competition in response to pandemic challenges in Australia, will be welcoming the lucky winner of The Ned Prix de Fashion to Melbourne for the world-renowned Melbourne Cup Carnival, which begins with Penfolds Victoria Derby Day on Saturday 29 October, followed by Lexus Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday 1 November, Kennedy Oaks Day on Thursday 3 November and Paramount+ Stakes Day on Saturday 5 November 2022.


ATR's executive general manager of marketing, Olivia Kinley, says the renewed partnership with the VRC is the result of great synergy between the clubs over the duration of the 2021/22 season.


“After another summer whereby both clubs have faced challenges resulting from the implications of COVID-19 restrictions, we are thrilled to see the VRC return to our Ellerslie ‘stable’ and are deeply appreciative of their support of this trans-Tasman partnership.


“Our relationship with the VRC is beneficial to not only both parties, but to the winner of The Ned Prix de Fashion who will now get to experience first-hand the spectacle that is the Melbourne Cup Carnival in 2022.


“We look forward to seeing who that winner might be and going on to live vicariously through them as they head to Flemington Racecourse later in the year!” says Ms Kinley.


VRC Chief Executive Officer Steve Rosich said he was delighted to support Auckland Thoroughbred Racing and the long-standing connection between the two clubs and nations.


“Fashion is synonymous with the Melbourne Cup Carnival and we look forward to hosting this year’s Ned Prix de Fashion 2022 winner, along with the 2020 and 2021 winners who could not attend due to restrictions, at Flemington this year.


“This strong fashion contingent will be joined by many of New Zealand’s top horses, trainers and jockeys, hoping to emulate the recent success of New Zealand-bred mare Verry Elleegant, who took out the 161st Lexus Melbourne Cup, trained and ridden by Australian-based Kiwi expatriates Chris Waller and James McDonald.


James McDonald aboard Verry Elleegant, taking out the 161st Lexus Melbourne Cup

“The relationship between Flemington and New Zealand racing is not only on show in our feature staying races but also in our sprints, with Roch ‘n’ Horse becoming the first New Zealand horse in more than 130 years to win Australia’s premier sprint, the $1.5 million Group 1 Yulong Stud Newmarket Handicap, at Flemington earlier this month.


“We look forward to celebrating that deep connection, along with the very best in racing, fashion, hospitality, food and entertainment with New Zealanders on track this Melbourne Cup Carnival,” says Mr Rosich.

 

The winner of The Ned Prix de Fashion 2022 will take home a prize valued at $15,000 from Marisco Vineyards as well as a $5,000 prize from the VRC that consists of:


  • Three nights’ accommodation for two at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins (or equivalent)

  • Two tickets to Lexus Melbourne Cup Day 2022

  • A full hospitality package for two people on Lexus Melbourne Cup Day 2022 in a syndicated restaurant at Flemington Racecourse (package includes three course lunch and a standard beverage package)

  • Two Lawn Stand seats on Kennedy Oaks Day 2022


Entry into The Ned Prix de Fashion is only open to those contestants who have won a qualifying competition from around the country. However, it’s not too late for would-be contestants to throw their hat in the ring with five final spots available via the last of the season's qualifying competitions (both virtual) - one via Wellington Racing Club (entries close 27 March) and the other – the Adashiko Fashion Qualifiers - via ATR (entries close 31 March).


The Ned Prix de Fashion will take place at the conclusion of the final qualifying competition. For more, click here.


For more information on the 2022 Melbourne Cup Carnival visit vrc.net.au.


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