First thing I tick off the list is my race day outfit. It’s a day time event so everything gets noticed and simplicity is key. Plan your outfit early, remembering to keep it simple – I like to let the dress do the talking but I’m not afraid of a bit of colour. This weekend I’ll be wearing a splash of red, embracing the iconic colours of Colgate Optic White. (I’ve been prepping my pearly whites with Colgate Optic White Express White, for when I win big of course!)
Leading up to the day, I try to eat really well and get plenty of rest. The races are a marathon, not a sprint and you have to pace yourself. This week, I’ve only just arrived back from New York after a long flight, so I’m having a few early nights and staying hydrated.
On race day, first I do is start the day by preparing my skin to make sure it is moisturised and primed for the day ahead. Moisturiser keeps me looking fresh and primer ensures long lasting coverage on the day. I also look for a foundation with SPF protection, and a day at Royal Randwick in the spring sun is no exception. My go-to at the moment is Mecca, In a Good Light tinted moisturiser. It’s SPF 30 and so great for my fair skin. Before heading off I apply a finishing hairspray. I love Elnett Hairspray Strong Hold by L’Oreal Paris. It has great hold and leaves my hair looking shiny.
When packing my bag, I aim for the three essentials – make up, phone and money. A lipstick, bronzer and brow gel allow me to refresh my look through the day. My favourites are Colour Riche Nude lipstick, Stila cream bronzer in Marigold and Mac brow gel. I make sure my phone is charged before leaving home and I recommend having some cash on you to avoid ATM queues. Finally, I plan a big breakfast that will keep me going during the day. I love avocado and Vegemite on good sourdough bread.
Then when you arrive, grab yourself a race book. It’s always fun to pick a horse base on their name or the jockey’s silks but it is also great fun to ask around and check the form guide. After all, you’re there for the horse racing. My sneaky tip for this weekend is Chris Waller’s Kermadec, which I’ve heard is the favourite.
Don’t forget to buy your tickets online here before the day, for a free flute of Moët & Chandon. See you there!
TIP: The Sydney Spring Carnival runs until November 3 at Royal Randwick and Rosehill Gardens, with tickets available at www.theraces.com.au. Ksenija is an ambassador for this Saturday’s Colgate Optic White Stakes Day.