There’s money to be made off the field at Melbourne Cup Day at Thoroughbred Park – if you’re a style punter, that is.

Fashions on the Field  has a bonanza of gifts on offer this year, with the most stylish lady and gent both pocketing some serious prizes.

The best dressed lady wins a Canberra Centre gift card for $1000, a Review Card worth $300, a South Sea Pearl drop on white gold chain from Vangeli Jewellers worth $1000, Victoria Model’s Workshop, one night’s accommodation at The Avenue Hotel and a two-day Mercedes-Benz experience worth $1000, dinner at Natural 9 at Casino Canberra, a Mudd the Spa treatment worth $250, one month membership at Nextgen, a True Beauty PhotoDesign makeover and photoshoot plus $100 credit, and a Dendy Cinema experience.

First prize for the men includes a Canberra Centre gift card worth $1000, a neoprene bracelet featuring a black Tahitian pearl valued at $1000 from Vangeli Jewellers of Woden, a Victoria Model’s Workshop worth $500 – and even a barbecue worth $600.

Registration for Fashions on the Field starts at 12.30pm, with the men’s first heat at 2.10pm and women’s at 3.10pm. This year’s judges are Fiona Leahy for  Canberra Centre, Racing Ambassadors Adam Moore, Chynna Marston and Bethany Larsen, with Kirsten Henry as MC.

When Canberra’s own Single Gaze takes to the field for the Melbourne Cup, the best place to watch history being made is at Thoroughbred Park on Tuesday 7 November.

Trainer Nick Olive told that Single Gaze is in great condition for the race next Tuesday.

“I think she’s gone forward again (since the Caulfield Cup) and all her bloods suggest she has as well,” Mr Olive said.

“I think she’ll be in a forward position but probably not as forward as she was in the Caulfield Cup hopefully, although it will all come down to the barrier draw (on Saturday night).”

Whether Canberra’s favourite horse wins or loses, you can’t find a better place to cheer on the gutsy Group-1 winning mare than her hometown track, Thoroughbred Park.

Melbourne Cup Race Day is one of the biggest social events of the year for racing fans, socialites and fashionistas alike, who will witness the running of the Melbourne Cup on the big screen surrounded by the atmosphere and excitement of local racing.

Gates open at 10.30am, with the first at 11.25am, and don’t worry about pre-buying as tickets are available at the door.

Entertainment on the day will be from The Guitar Cases, billed as ‘outlaw country blues with folk and rock influences’, while four separate DJs will keep the tunes pumping – check out Tom Tuivaiti, Roshan Fernandez, Royce Burton and Mikah Freeman, one half of the Aston Shuffle.

The best way to get to Thoroughbred Park is to take the bus.  ACTION will be providing free charted services from Thoroughbred Park to the City Bus Station between 4.00pm and 7.30pm. Routes 56, 57 and 58 will be diverted down to Thoroughbred Park, and the Red Rapid 200 series will stop at the corner of Flemington and Randwick Roads. More information is available on the ACTION website.

For more information on Melbourne Cup Day at Thoroughbred Park, click here.