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An all-access pass to Cup Day fashion

7 October 2021
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IRT NZ Trotting Cup Day is being reinvented and so too is its dress-up element. The iconic competition, The Crossing Fashion Starts Here, will run online and across new themes, welcoming multiple entries per person.

Fashion lovers can showcase their looks in more ways than one with this newly imagined celebration of fashion. In the same vein as Melbourne Cup Day, Addington’s fashion competition is accessible to everyone, everywhere, with all entries made online.

As well as garnering style kudos and social media cred, prizes worth over $12,000 are on offer.

Creative new categories

The Best Dressed Man and Lady categories remain, with news of three fresh categories to inspire and excite race-day participants:

  • Contemporary
  • IRT Something Blue
  • Best Dressed Family

“All you need to do is take a picture and have some fun with it – get dressed up with your friends, your child, or even the dog! We want to find New Zealand’s most stylish and creative folks,” says Addington’s Carlo Gomez.

Individuals are entitled to submit up to four entries, each showcasing a different outfit. Anyone in New Zealand can participate.

Carlo is confident that, by opening the competition to home entries, with new themes and broader submission criteria, more punters will participate.

To enter

  • Get dressed in your race wear.
  • Submit a series of photos that best capture your outfit and ‘look’. (See the website for details of what type of photos must be included.)
  • Register and submit your photos on
  • Entries are open October 15 – November 9.
  • Finalists and winners will be announced November 9.
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