2019 Melbourne Cup In Lane Cove

Melbourne Cup is on Tuesday, the 5th of November 2019.

It is the race that stops a nation. Well, maybe it used to when it was run at around 2.45pm (back in the day), but a 3pm race time means school pick-up time for many and an interruption to those champagne focused festivities.

That said, just being a part of the Melbourne Cup hype is fun, and a great excuse to get together with a group of friends for lunch, gossip, and to show off your new fascinator.

Big Screen at Lane Cove Plaza

You can view the race that stops a nation on the big screen in Lane Cove Plaza. All the action from 2pm.

melbourne up plaza


The Alcott


Mediterranean Table Share
Ground Floor // $70pp​

The Alcott Experience – 3 Course Set Menu
Level 1 // $120pp

The Alcott is a NSW Registered Club. If you live within 5km radius of The Alcott you need to be a member to gain entry, or be signed in by a member. Membership starts from as little as $10. Reciprocal rights for The Greens North Sydney + NORTHS members.

Lane Cove Golf Club

Pop along to the Lane Cove Golf Club and watch the Melbourne Cup in style

Details are:
Lunch starts @ 12:30pm
Delicious 3-course Buffet Lunch Menu catered by Your Little Secret
Range of sweeps available
Be part of ‘Fashions on the Field’ and ‘Hat Parade’
Cost $50.00 per head

View the Event Flyer here. For bookings, go online to https://www.trybooking.com/BFWAY

The Diddy (aka Longueville Sporting Club)

The Diddy’d Melbourne Cup Luncheon is a 3 course menu at $65 per person. Full menu here – Melbourne Cup 2019

Bubbles at Porters Liquor Northwood

Whether you’re hosting a Melbourne Cup Luncheon, or are attending one and need to bring a gift – entertain in style with these best dressed bubbles in great limited edition packaging! Don’t forget, we can deliver your drinks FREE within the local area (no minimum spend), just give us a call on  9427 1337 to place your order or pop in-store to pre arrange and discuss your function requirements.


Are you holding an event at home?  Why not get one of our local caterers to help you out.  Here is an idea from A Cut Above Catering.

This recipe is also delicious with Salmon. A good idea for Melb Cup is to serve this salad on a big platter garnished with lots of fresh herbs & lime wedges. Provide noodle boxes for guests to serve themselves. Easy to eat while standing up & no washing up.  Recipe here.

Chargrill Charlie’s

Planning a Melbourne Cup lunch at home or at the office?. Please contact the Lane Cove store to order on (02) 8095 9761.

Dapper Men

Gazman is the place to go for stylish outfits for Melbourne Cup this year.  Tailoring is the cornerstone to race day dressing and that means a blazer is essential. A linen blend is ideal, thanks to its breathability and lightweight finish. Plus, you can layer it up easily without the unnecessary bulk. Neutral colours like beige and grey spell out spring, but you can’t go wrong with a classic navy blazer either.  Read more hints here.


Look Beautiful

Make sure you book early at your hairdresser – if you don’t have a local hairdresser then we have some great ones listed in our business directory.

The Beautician



Heading out for Melbourne Cup? Looking the part is all about preparation – whether it’s smooth silky legs after a wax, glowing and hydrated skin post-facial, fabulous lashes and brows to shape your face, or an all over summer tan, The Beautician at Lane Cove West has you covered! Plenty of free parking on site so you can dash in and out with ease – phone 9420 8880 for appointments (please note the salon will be closed on Melbourne Cup Day).

Pure Flowers


Wear flowers in your hair and celebrate in style! We can create a stunning flower crown or just a few blooms for you to wear to a Melbourne Cup Lunch or Party. Or a traditional yellow rose buttonhole for the men.
Call 9427 8214 or pop by to order your flowers. Pure Flowers at 3/23-25 Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove, behind Baker’s Delight.

Bella Cove


Any great outfit starts with great underwear. Bella Cove Lingerie in Central Arcade have an extensive range of shapewear from Spanx and other leading brands to help smooth those lumps and bumps under your favourite outfit for Melbourne Cup and the upcoming party season. Full range of control briefs, strapless bras, stockings, and beautiful European and Australian designed lingerie in-store. Bring your outfit with you so we can find your perfect fit!

Pick a Winner?

In Lane Cove we have a Melbourne Cup Expert called MelbourneCupMax (read more here).

Do YOU have an omen or a superstition relative to racing or the Melbourne Cup?  (This article could be your Melbourne Cup omen!) Riverview resident, Max Hitchins, knows a lot about racing omens and superstitions.

Max is known around Australia as MelbourneCupMax. Possibly because his Melbourne Cup system for selecting the Cup winner has worked for 26 out of the last 31 years. Possibly because he has memorised the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place-getters for the last 100 100 Melbourne Cups. (Click here to see him tested on Channel 9).

Between now and Melbourne Cup Day, on the 5th of November, Max is going to share some ‘racing omens and superstition’ stories with ITC.   And….if you have a racing omen or superstition it could win you a special prize.  (See below).  Take it away Max…

My Dad, Ernie Hitchins, was a bookmaker in the northern NSW town of Moree.  Every Saturday, when he fielded at the various race meetings around the area, he always wore his special felt hat – for luck.  There was a lot of stress in our house on Saturdays if my Dad could not find his lucky hat!

A very intelligent lawyer friend swore by this system he ‘discovered’.  It was simple.  You bet on the the horse with the same number saddlecloth as the race number.  Eg. In Race 1 he backed #1.  In Race 2 he backed #2. etc. etc.  I was with him one day when, using this system and betting in a pub on a trotting meeting, he backed the winner #8 in Race 8 at the price of $88. He also had a ‘back up system’ if the horse horse chosen was scratched from the race.  Eg. If #8 was scratched in Race 8 he substituted the horse in Barrier #8.   (Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear!)

A bookmaker’s wife we know always has to look at horses in the mounting yard before each race. If any horse looks at her and nods its’ head she believes that is ‘a sign’ to back that horse.

A friend, who regularly goes to Randwick races in Sydney, believes he ‘must’ stand in a certain place in the stand otherwise his chosen horse will have no chance of winning.  I’ve seen him gently shove old ladies out of the way if they are standing in his ‘lucky’ spot.

World renowned jockey, Frankie Dettori, who will be riding Master of Reality in the Melbourne Cup, likes to put white tape on his saddle before a big race when riding in the UK.  Wonder if he will do it in the Melbourne Cup?

Many people will not bet on the horse drawn in Gate #18 in the Melbourne Cup. This gate is considered ‘unlucky’ as no horse has ever won from Gate #18. It is the only barrier that has never been successful.

Could this article be an omen? Do you have a racing omen or superstition you use or know about ? If you would like to share it with Max you will receive a complimentary copy of “How To Pick The Winner Of The 2019 Melbourne Cup.”   Simply send it to him at [email protected]   See: PickTheCupWinner.com.au


The Day After……..

Chargrill Charlie’s has created the Bloody Mary Burger to help Australians get back in the saddle the day after Melbourne Cup. This culinary lifesaver will be available for one day only, Wednesday 6 November, in store or delivered straight to the office as part of their Melbourne Cup Hangover Pack, feeding the team with eight burgers, devil wings and wedges.

For the last 30 years, Chargrill Charlie’s has been creating dishes to suit every craving. Now the proudly-Australian, family-run chicken institution has a remedy for the heaviest of heads with their ultimate post-Cup pick-me-up, dripping with their secret finger-licking Bloody Mary sauce. The burger will be available at any of their fourteen stores across Sydney and Melbourne and includes beef, cheese, tomato, grilled onions, pickles and a fried egg. Diners who need an extra kick can purchase a bottle of homemade Bloody Mary Sauce to take home and keep on hand for next time they celebrate a little too hard.

For those who can’t quite muster the energy to venture outside, Chargrill Charlie’s has created the Melbourne Cup Hangover Pack, available to pre-order exclusively through their new online catering service. Delivered straight to your desks, the Hangover Pack is jam-packed with all the things needed to blast the bleary head away, including eight Bloody Mary burgers, a bottle of homemade Bloody Mary sauce, devil wings and wedges.

Chargrill Charlie’s also has Melbourne Cup office parties sorted, with their Melbourne Cup Party Pack, available to pre-order now. Chookas’ fans in Sydney and Melbourne can choose-their-own party packs, hand-picking their famous BBQ or Portuguese chicken, selection of fresh salads, vegetables and bread rolls.

The Hangover Pack and The Melbourne Cup Party Pack are available for pre-order now here

The Bloody Mary Burger and Bloody Mary Sauce will be available in-store on Wednesday 6th November.

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