It’s that time of year again, with the Aggies Race Day this weekend.
The Wagga Ag Races were created to raise money for Peter Worsley, an old boy of Ag college who broke his neck in a game of rugby, leaving him a quadriplegic.
Thirty years later, the races still support him.
Have you thought about how you will navigate the week and make it to the other side of one of the city’s biggest social events?
Here’s your insiders survival guide on what to wear, how to bet, how to get there and where to continue the party.
1. Dress to impress
Ladies, while sky-high heels and a mini skirt might seem like a good idea at the time, do yourself a favour and skip the blisters and goosebumps by dressing appropriately.
Not only does this mean adhering to the dress code, but also dressing with smarts. There is a possibilty of showers, so invest in a good quality clear poncho.
If you decide on wearing heels, stash a pair of flats in your bag just in case you regret that choice.
Florals, bright colours and, crowns and Dior brim headpieces are the way to go, said Dianne Barbour, the owner of Dianne Barbour Millinery.
If you haven’t already, it’s a good idea to purchase your tickets because prices for general admission will increase to $25 at the gate.
3. Tackling transport
There’s nothing worse when you’re dressed and ready to go only to realise there’s no taxis available. Make sure you’ve pre-arranged your wheels.
The club have arranged for courtesy buses from the Mini Mart, the playground in Booroma and Estella Medical Centre 11.45am to 3.00pm to the Races club. From 5.30pm till 6.30pm buses will run from southern gate to The William Farrer Hotel.
4. Show your form
Thoroughbred horses are amazingly consistent animals and if you can crack the code in the form guide, you can beat the bookies.
Look for horses that are good at the track and distance, have solid recent form and have drawn a good barrier.
For short races (1000m-1400m), look for horses that are compact and stoutly built, with big strong behinds. Don't worry too much about how fit they look, pick the ones that looked keyed-up, bouncy and ready to go.
If they're sweating a lot between the legs or around the flanks (near the lower ribs), your horse has already expended a lot of energy.
For longer races (2000m+), look for horses that have a longer, narrower look about them. You also want your distance horses to be relaxed, rather than champing at the bit.
The William Farrer Hotel is hosting the official after party, but you can continue the good times at post-race parties at Sporties (who have also arranged a courtesy bus), The Victorian Hotel and Que Bar – or your venue of choice.
Make sure to stay safe, gamble and drink responsibly and enjoy the weekend!