Melbourne does Spring and Sydney does Easter. May is all about Morphettville, the iconic home of racing in South Australia, where the Adelaide Racing Carnival is on over three unmissable Saturdays in May. We’re starting the festivities with the Schweppes Oaks on May 6, followed by Derby on the 13th. Finally, the whole shebang will be capped off by another Group 1, the Goodwood Day, on May 20th.

My husband was the first trainer in more than a century to claim a rare Group One double Adelaide Cup and Goodwood Handicap at Morphetville in 2005.  Demerger won the Adelaide Cup and his mare Glamour Puss won the Goodwood Handicap the following weekend.  It hasn’t been done since!

With the lure of quality black type races and great fashion, Adelaide is set for one big party for the month of May!  Below are a few of my favourite Autumn Racing outfit inspirations: lots of bell sleeves, lace, florals, suede pumps, and leather clutches. Oh, and don’t forget the elegant, structured hats. Millinery Jill, anyone?



Temperley London Mini Aura embroiled dress buy here


Nerida Winter Kahlo buy here

Aquazzura Nomad suede sandals buy here

Diane Von Furstenberg Soirée bag buy here










Red Valentino Dress buy here


Millinery Jill Autumn Swept buy here


Gianvito Rossi Suede Pumps buy here

Gucci GG Marmont camera quilted bag buy here











Self-Portrait Grosgrain-trimmed guipure lace dress buy here


Witchery Disc Trim Fedora


Jimmy Choo Duke suede boots buy here

Alila Valentina Leather Clutch buy here










Zimmermann Ruffled Floral Silk Dress buy here


Millinery Jill Lavender Posy buy here

Prada Glossed textured pumps buy here

Anya Hindmarch Georgiana velvet clutch buy here











Witchery Flare Sleeve Ponte Dress buy here


Millinery Jill Floating Petals buy here



Prada Glossed textured pumps buy here

Gucci Marmont Mini Bag buy here








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