If you’re heading to the races for the first time this year, there’s a chance you still don’t know exactly what your day will entail, aside from frocking up in a pretty dress and headpiece, enjoying some canapés and champers with your friends, and perhaps a little betting. Race day veteran Emma Freedman, who yesterday told us the difference between the events, gave us some insight into what an average day at the races is like for her, and shares some tips on how you can enjoy your day, too!
What Emma’s race days are like: “I will get up at around 4 a.m. to work on Today, go home and glam up and then head to the track at around 10:30 a.m. At the track my duties can vary depending on the day. I could be spending the day with David Jones clients, working for Channel Nine on the broadcast of a particular day, possibly shoot some interviews to play the next morning on Today or on the Wide World of Sport, spend time with my dad when we have runners in big races, and after all of that visit some of the beautiful marquees such as Emirates. It can be a long day, but very enjoyable for someone who loves racing!”
How to enjoy race day if you’re not in a marquee: “Some of the best times are when you pack a picnic with your friends and bask in the sunshine with those close to you and enjoy the racing. Though I think taking an interest in what is happening on the track is a must. Just ensure that you pace yourself and remember the track is all about embracing that inner lady!”
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How she’s spending Derby Day (Oct. 29): “I get to spend Derby Day with my boyfriend Tim and some of our work mates, which will be fun. As my family has been involved in racing for over 100 years, I know a lot of people involved in the industry. I really enjoying catching up with owners, trainers and jockeys and all of the fabulous people who are passionate about the industry and are involved in breeding or marketing or whatever it may be. They are very special and down to earth people who I love to see trackside. Cup Day will be more of a family affair as we have a runner in the Cup this year which is always a great thrill.”