2017 AAMI (Victoria) Derby Day Wrap Up
Widely regarded as the day for racing purist, punters were in for a brilliant day of racing to kick off the Carnival as Flemington hosted Four Group 1s, Two Group 2s and Three Group 3s.
Ace High claimed the $1.5 million Victoria Derby, with a two length win over Sully and James Cummings-trained Astoria. Former South African champion trainer, David Payne, fulfilled his Australian dream with his first Flemington Group 1 win. Jockey, Tye Angland, reflected on his victory with Ace High saying “He’s definitely an even better horse ridden from behind and he’s pulled so well, he could go around again.”
Both fresh and familiar faces alike were greeted with bubbles, and treated to a deliciously tailored menu from our resident caterers, Atlantic Group, throughout the day. This year, the Home Straight Enclosure relocated to now sit adjacent to the Winning Post Enclosure Elevated Marquee. From this move emerged a shared outdoor entertainment precinct, allowing guests to soak up all the fabulous food, fashion and festivities the Carnival has to offer.
The traditional black and white ruled the runway at the second annual Styles on the Straight competition. Women’s first place was taken out by Lucy Lou, wearing a structured black and white mini. Bianca Shepard-Furler, wearing a Misha Collection plunge jumpsuit and Gregory Ladner wide brim, stole second place, followed by Adriane Logue looking super sweet in a white lace Zimmerman dress paired with Mimco headwear.
First place in the Menswear Category was claimed by Daniel Lynn, donning a statement sand blazer by Politix. Darren Partridge, sporting a long line patterned Borries jacket complete with a classic top hat, took out second place, followed by Andrew Green, wearing a Peter Jackson suit paired with the traditional cornflower blue accessories.