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The Deck Marquee: Raising the racing bar

Beatrice Smith

Race days can be tricky.

There’s nothing better than gathering your friends together for a day trackside, but navigating seating, drinks and shade for a large group of people can be challenging – no less in the fever of race day and in your best pair of heels.

Luckily, race days can now be enjoyed in a fashion similar to a cocktail party at a country estate; savouring the day in elegant surrounds rather than searching or rushing.

The Deck Marquee at Thoroughbred Park is an event space designed to complement the effort that goes into the perfect race wear outfit. Styled by Canberra’s premier event styling company, Show Pony, the Deck’s luxurious touches bring a sense of cool glamour to the frenetic pace of race days.


There is ample space to sit, watch and chat with canapés being served throughout the day.

Seppelt Sparkling and a carefully curated list of cocktails will appear at guests’ request and private tab facilities, plasma screens and racebooks will make sure you don’t lose sight of the day’s races, although it would be hard to, with the Deck Marquee’s track side location proving an uninterrupted view of the track, mounting yard and winning post.

When not in use for elegant corporate race day events, you can hire the Deck Marquee for private functions of 50 people or more. The interiors are a perfect fit summery cocktail parties, corporate Christmas events, special birthdays or even wedding receptions.

The sunny outdoor terrace area with generous amounts of seating is perfect for watching the sunset with a cocktail or even a dance floor, while the airy indoor space allows for any kind of weather eventuality.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that you’d stepped into the Birdcage at Flemington Racecourse or an elegant New York bar as you enter. The Deck Marquee is a world of its own, a private sphere where you can focus on the important things, whether they be the fashion, food and drink, races or whatever special event you would like to hold in the Marquee.

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With in-house Chef Eugene Utting on hand to craft a menu to suit your every need and a full time event manager taking care of all the essentials, the Deck Marquee is the ultimate place to celebrate this Summer and beyond.

The Deck Marquee, sponsored by tab.com.au, will be available exclusively via a select number of tickets for Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday 3 November as ‘The Seppelt Marquee’. There are also private corporate St Covet Row Marquees that offer a luxurious, private retreat for up to 30 people.

With the Silks Room and Platinum Luncheon in the Rich Rewards Room already sold out for Melbourne Cup Day, get in quick to secure your place. You can enquire online now via the Thoroughbred Park website. With Seppelt Sparkling flowing, unlimited canapés and plasma screens, it’s sure to be a memorable day.

Don’t worry if you do miss out on tickets, though. The Deck Marquee will be available for the 2016 Black Opal Stakes on 6 March.

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Beatrice Smith

Bea loves that her job as HerCanberra’s Online Editor involves eating, drinking and interviewing people - sometimes simultaneously. The master of HerCanberra’s publishing schedule, she’s usually found hunched over a huge calendar muttering to herself about content balance. Otherwise, you’ll find her at the movies or ordering a cheese board. More about the Author