Melbourne Cup race guns will fire on 7 November, so don your fanciest fascinator and place your bets at Ostro’s Day at the Races, presented by Veuve Cliquot.

The race of the year is upon us. Since 1861, the Melbourne Cup has celebrated the fastest horses, the best bubbles and of course, the season’s finest millinery. You may not be at Flemington this year, but you won’t miss a minute thanks to Ostro’s lush Day at the Races festivities. Presented by Veuve Cliquot, there are options for everyone, so count yourself in with Auckland’s best-dressed crowd for an afternoon of indulgence!

The Veuve Cliquot Long Lunch starts at 12 pm, and you’ll have a glass of bubbles in hand as soon as you walk in the door. Place your best bets at TAB betting stations and music while you enjoy a special menu created exclusively for this event by Josh Emett and Daniel Na. Highlighting the finer things in life, the menu wows from the first taste of Te Matuku Oyster with caviar to the last bite of Matcha Tea Opera Cake. All the race action will be streamed live from Melbourne in the dining room, you won’t miss a moment. $170 per person.

For a liquid lunch option, head to the Veuve Cliquot Lawn. The rooftop bar will deliver race day energy in spades all day long and late into the night – with music, TAB betting stations, drink and platter specials galore. The perfect chance to duck out of work early and spend the afternoon with bubbles in hand, your ticket includes a glass of Veuve on arrival and a sharing platter for two. $65 per person

Feeling frivolous? Indulge your group with the Veuve Cliquot Upgrade and add on a Veuve Cliquot Magnum for your table. The Magnum upgrade is available to guests of the Long Lunch or the Lawn, but numbers are limited, so book when you buy your tickets. Available to groups of 4 or more only.

Reserve your spot today by emailing reservations@seafarers.co.nz