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Summer racing is back. Will you go the distance this season?

Whether you enjoy a punt or get your thrills standing trackside, horse racing can add an exciting dimension to your Perth summer lifestyle.

In October, racing returns to Ascot, marking the start of the 2014-2015 Perth Summer Racing Carnival. With a packed calendar of events both on and off the track, you needn’t be a racing enthusiast to enjoy a day of glamour and excitement. Here’s a sneak peak at the line-up, plus top tips to help you look good and survive the season.

What’s on?

Spring fling, anyone? Kick off your racing season on October 18 with the Crown Perth Spring Fling. Dress to impress when you enter the State Final of the Myer Fashions on the Field for your chance to represent WA at the Flemington Racecourse on Crown Oaks Day. Spend the day in general admission or upgrade to an exclusive trackside event in the Crown Perth Lounge.

Family fun: On November 1, Ascot hosts the annual Variety at the Races, a fun day out for the whole family. The Spectacular Variety Bash Cars, fantastic food and fashion parades make this children’s charity event a favourite for many Perth punters.

The race that stops the nation: Few races command the hype and anticipation of Melbourne Cup, undoubtedly the highlight of the Australian summer racing season. For the ultimate guide to celebrating Melbourne Cup Day in Perth, visit experienceperth.com.au.

Ladies’ day at the races: On Saturday, November 15 Ascot celebrates the fine fillies of Perth – furry and otherwise – with Ladies’ Day at the Races. This unmissable summer event features the exclusive Fillies a Flutter on the Deck party.

Super Saturday: Carlton Draught Super Saturday – reputedly Perth’s biggest combined music and fashion event – unfolds at Ascot on Saturday, November 22. With 10 big races, huge prize money up for grabs, an exclusive beer garden and a private party at the Ascot Enclosure, this is one event you won’t want to miss.

Perth Cup: What better place to start the New Year than at Perth Cup, WA’s premier thoroughbred racing event? This immensely popular event attracts a crowd of around 35,000 each year. If you miss out on a ticketed event (they sell out pretty quickly) general admission offers a full day of racing fun, fashion and entertainment.

Fashions on the field

We’ve all faced the ‘dress dilemma’ before a day at the races. To stand out from the crowd this summer (for all the right reasons) and adhere to race day etiquette, it helps to keep your finger on the pulse. From pencil skirts, pastels and printed silks to hats that just keep getting bigger, discover some of this season’s hottest looks from fashion powerhouses Vogue, David Jones and Myer.

More racing style commentary can be found at Fabulous Femme, On Track On Trend and Racing Fashion Australia, with great style ideas and inspiration for men at the immaculately groomed GQ.

Your race day survival guide

A little planning can go a long way before a day out at the races. How will you get there? How will your feet fare? Will you cope in the heat? Follow these steps to get the most out of this coming summer season:

Stay hydrated
Perth summers can get warm. When combined with a few drinks, the sun can prove too much for some racegoers. Rather than replenishing your water stores, alcohol actually dehydrates you, so pace yourself and keep tabs on your drinks to avoid dehydrating.

Choose your shoes – carefully!
Your shoes can either make or break your day at the races, so don’t completely forgo comfort in the name of fashion. Those 10 inch stilettoes won’t complete your outfit when you’re repeatedly digging them out of the grass – or walking on bare and blistered feet carrying them.

Plan your transport

Ascot’s nearest train stations are Burswood and Belmont. The Circle Route Buses (98 and 99) stop at the racecourse, with additional shuttle busses available from Belmont on big race days. Parking is also available onsite. Visit Perth Racing and Transperth for your full transport options.

Living close to the action

If you’re lucky enough to live in or near the city, the summer racing season could be right on your doorstep. Current properties of interest include Edge, Hub, Sellenger, Depot and flo by Psaros. To create your own exciting and sustainable Perth lifestyle contact Psaros today.