Bet in style on Melbourne Cup day


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The Spring Racing Carnival is officially upon us, and for many men out there, getting ready for Melbourne Cup can be a last minute rush!

From race day fashion and essentials to beating the betting queues with an easy-to-use app, my quick tips will help make your Melbourne Cup style decisions easy.



What to wear on Melbourne Cup day

What to wear on race day depends on the weather. As Melbourne can be unpredictable, being able to add or remove layers with ease is a must.

Three Piece Suit

For those who want a suave and classic look, going for a three-piece suit will help with versatility as you can easily take the vest or jacket off if it warms up. This can also be done with suit separates or sporting garments.

Sports Look

For a more smart-casual look, opt for a sports jacket, shirt (with or without a tie) and a pair of smart trousers or chinos.

To cut down on bulk, make sure your jacket has a few inner pockets to carry your personal items, including your phone for easy access to a quick bet using the super convenient Sportsbet app. Make sure you never put your phone or wallet in your back pocket as you may lose or break it in the crowds.



Choose light wools or cotton fabrics. Linen is a great summer fabric, but not so warm if the day turns cold and wet.


A hat is a great accessory for the races and quality animal felts can be a perfect complement to your outfit, with a range of colours to choose from. If it's a sunny day, go for a Panama hat to block the UV rays and keep you cool. Unfortunately, if it does rain and you get caught in it, a Panama hat will shrink – so keep an eye on the weather forecast.


Something else to take into consideration is footwear. Most people spend a long time on their feet at the races, so wearing a comfortable and the quality shoe will help make the trek home a little easier. The leather is a durable and breathable material for shoes, as is suede, but we all know a few drinks are likely to be spilt on the day and suede can absorb liquids quickly.

A big no-no is not wearing socks – in fact, some areas won’t allow you to enter without them. It’s always fun to jazz up your socks, so if you’re wearing a neutral outfit, team it with colourful socks for a pop of colour.

Place your bets!

The avid race goer will not only want to look sharp on the day but will also want to make a few bets. Punting is part of the excitement of race day – especially when you win!

However, the lines to place a bet can be lengthy, meaning punters miss out on enjoying the on and off-track action. A great alternative is to place your bets using the convenient Apple and Android app from Sportsbet. Betting online is a great way to skip those draining lines and the app makes the experience easy, fun and super-convenient. Simply join, deposit and place your bets and you won't miss a thing at Melbourne Cup.

I hope this was helpful for everyone attending Melbourne Cup. Now with your outfit, your accessories and your Sportsbet app ready to go, there's nothing left to do but relax and have fun!