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Melbourne Cup Day w/ The Rose Garden @ Morphettville Racecourse


Melbourne Cup Day w/ The Rose Garden @ Morphettville Racecourse

Michaela McGrath

The glitz, the glamour, the punters and of course the race that stops the nation. South Australia’s own Kerrin McEvoy smashed the Cup, Adelaide’s dreary morning cleared up with the clouds parting just in time for the big race and Morphettville Racecourse was at the centre of it all. From the racecourse to bars to lounge rooms across the city, Adelaide indeed stopped to watch McEvoy bring home the cup for the second time. Ditching the usual workday sweep and uniform, we dolled up and spent Cup Day trackside with M One Eight’s The Rose Garden.


As if the abundances of florals and rose gold weren’t enough to make any girl’s heart sing, the Garden catered to the ladies with a touch-up bar attended to by Lia Vecchiotti and Hummingbird Hair. With a full range of makeup, including an extensive collection of Kylie Lip Kits, the girls had us covered. Offering to mend misplaced curls, reapply lipstick and lend countless makeup wipes, pampering was a plenty inside The Rose Garden.


Don’t worry boys, M One Eight catered to the gentlemen as well. Putting on a lounge for the most dapper amongst the crowds with exquisite cigars by Pacific Cigar Co. Not a hair was out of place with Il Barbiere ensuring that suits were fitted, shaves were clean and pompadours were perfectly styled. The Rose Garden brought the luxury of a spa day trackside, confirming the perfect amalgamation of casual and glam.


Although fashion takes front and centre on Cup Day, suits and fascinators weren’t the only things turning heads with the Garden’s exquisite selection of gourmet food and drink. The Rose Garden saw a delightful spread from Paella and Butter Chicken Aranchini style balls to Argentinian cuisine. With an exclusive champagne bar courtesy of Pol Roger and suitably spring-time Pimms cocktails a plenty, the trackside getaway presented a decadent backdrop for the race day festivities.


Sneaky Sound System kept the party going well after the race was over and the Cup was won. We loved jamming along to their nostalgic tunes and spending what turned out to be a fine spring day at Morphettville.


For happy snaps from the day, check out our gallery here

Photos via Ben Neale.