A day at Caulfield: Melbourne Racing Club

The weather was so beautiful in Melbourne this weekend but I think the sun was shining a little brighter at Caulfield.  The Caulfield Guineas was held on Saturday at the Melbourne Racing Club and I was invited along.  Such a spectacular setting! 


I spent most of the day in the general admission area enjoying seeing the horses up close and checking out the food vans (a welcome addition to trackside food). I also popped in to the Young Members marquee although I could have been stretching the definition of what a “young” member is.  

Tuna ceviche with avocado at Caulfield Young Members

Fashion blogger Gary Pepper Girl is heading up the style stakes at Caulfield this year but they are also  upping the ante for food and drink.  Ian Curley is in the Black Caviar Restaurant (see my preview review here) and Timothy Martin has been appointed as the chef for the Young Members marquee.  Martin is head chef at The European and won Young Chef of the Year in this year’s Age Good Food Guides Awards.

Timothy at work at the Caulfield Young Members Marquee
Timothy at work at the Caulfield Young Members Marquee

Canapés were a notch above your usual fare with beef tartare, tiny roast beef and horse radish toasties and tuna ceviche with avocado.   There were also plenty of them – take note marquee organisers – quantity is just as crucial as quality! 

Track side at Caulfield
Track side at Caulfield

The good news is that Caulfield is off and racing on Wednesday again and for the big one on Saturday – Caulfield Cup Day.  There’s racing, fashion and now a renewed emphasis on food and drink.  

Gourmet Chick was a guest of the Melbourne Racing Club. 

Toasties Caulfield style
Toasties Caulfield style

Details: Young Members Marquee, Melbourne Racing Club, Caulfield.  
Damage: Pricey. Tickets are $100 for the Young Members Marquee which includes your first drink and canapés.  


  1. I live right near the races in Sydney’s Randwick but rarely go for some reason!

  2. Quality plus quantity equals satisfaction. $100 is indeed a bit on the pricey side :). Thanks for sharing, Cara! You always keep us updated on what’s goin’ on :)…

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  3. Ooh, the food looks great! Especially the tuna! I’ve never been to the races before, despite living in Melbourne all my life! I gotta do it!! 🙂

  4. Very glam! And you’re definitely on the right side of young, I say 🙂

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