Ready for the race that stops two nations

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It’s time to get out the hats and the fancy dresses for the horse race that stops two nations. 

The Melbourne Cup is being well celebrated in the Wakatipu with plenty of options for those wanting to get amongst the atmosphere without heading across the ditch. 

Models taking part in the fashion parade at The Ballarat Trading Co do this coming Tuesday are (from left) Lizzie Johnson for Wallace & Gibbs, Eilis Dowling for Nine, Kate Batkin for Monique Adele and Amy Williams for Nine.

Plenty of choice in the Wakatipu come Cup Day Tuesday

Where: SkyCity Queenstown Casino
When: Party from 4pm (races live all day)
Cost: Free
Extras: Two TAB terminals, $200 cash prizes for best-dressed man/woman. Calico live from 6pm.

Where: The Ballarat Trading Co
When: from noon
Cost: $25 (or $20 for groups of 10), $75 (three-course set meal and wine)
Extras: Men’s/women’s fashion parade. Charity fundraising race sweepstakes all day. Live band from 5pm.

Where: Eichardt’s Private Hotel
When: from 3pm
Cost: $89 (includes bubbles on arrival and canapes)
Extras: Silent/live auctions, Cancer Society fundraiser

Where: Wakatipu Senior Citizens’ Malaghan House rooms, Memorial Street
When: from 3pm
Cost: $15 (high tea and fashion parade)
Extras: Spot prizes for best hat and best dressed