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In spectacular fashion

Christchurch kicked up its heels in spectacular fashion for the last Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup of the decade.




It was a perfect sunny day for the 116th Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day at Addington – the event of the year that approximately 20,000 people would not have missed. This month also celebrated the 25th anniversary of Cup Day’s naming rights sponsor and principal partner Christchurch Casino.

Glass clinked and fine food was feasted upon as the music, merriment and head-turning outfits bedazzled the year’s most coveted and anticipated event.


On the roof of the luxurious Lindauer Lawn, with its views across the racetrack, revellers in their finery danced to the R and B vibes of Vince Harder, the Kiwi band most renowned for number one song Everything. Retro DJ band Automatic 80’s unleashed nostalgia and inhibitions with tracks from a colourful era in The Edge Public Village.

It was unanimous among judges and organisers that fashionistas in The Crossing Fashion Starts Here Competition had upped the stakes this year to a very high standard. And colour was everywhere.


The Crossing Fashion Starts Here Best Dressed Lady went to Nikki Pagen for her sublime ensemble in white, red and blue – stunning in simplicity, yet with impeccable detailing. Runner-up Stephanie Murray matched the day perfectly in sunny yellow from head to toe.

The Crossing Fashion Starts Here Best Dressed Man Matt Anderson was sophisticated in his locally custom-design hand-stitched checked jacket in cobalt blue paired with cool white trousers.


Twelve exciting races set hearts pounding. The Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup was won by Cruz Bromac, driven by first-time winner Blair Orange. The Australian-owned winning horse was trained by Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen – their fourth consecutive win.

One dollar from each race book sold at both the Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day and Show Day Races went to St John, while 50 percent of revenue from the sale of the Cup Day Pin went to Ronald McDonald House South Island. The gold coin donation entry for the Show Day Races supported the Māia Health Foundation, where the kids’ entertainment zone and petting zoo proved to be a hit.




Editor’s Perspective: 21 November 2019

“Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.” – Gore Vidal



Looking down the line-up of The Crossing Fashion Starts Here Best Dressed Best Dressed finalists at Addington this year, I was struck by just how magnificent fashion is.

It was Rachel Zoe that once said, ‘Fashion is a way to say who you are without having to speak’ and I’m not sure a truer word has ever been said on the topic.

This year’s Best Dressed Lady sash was draped over Nikki Pagen’s white, red and blue ensemble; which was simple in aesthetic and yet impeccable in its execution. In a bright and brilliant contrast, runner-up Stephanie Murray was in sunny yellow from head-to-toe. Meanwhile, for the Best Dressed Man Matt Anderson, cobalt blue was the name of the fashion game, with a hand-stitched checked jacket that he paired with bright white pants.

Despite – or perhaps because of – fashion’s increasingly casual constitution, the opportunity to welcome a much more traditional aesthetic is a welcome one. And yet, irrespective of the conservative nature of the day, we still manage to have fun with fashion, with hats, shoes and fascinators that are as colourful and creative as the jockeys’ silks.

But what caught my attention the most was the fact that every attendee – and there were 20,000 of them – was having a ball.



Race Day Round Up

It’s the week we’ve all been waiting for. From horseracing and entertainment through to fashion and food (not to mention bubbles!), Christchurch’s most iconic event on the sporting and social calendar is creeping closer. Here’s a curated collection of some of the hottest happenings to help you celebrate Cup Week in style.




Bubbly Breakfast
The Tannery, 12 November, 9-11am
The Tannery’s Atrium will be transformed into a Cup & Show breakfast celebration, with shared-style breakfast – think croissants, danishes, fruit salads, granola, spiced sausages and more, alongside bubbles, beer, mimosas and juices!

The Crossing’s Fashion Starts Here Best Dressed Competition
The Edge Public Village, Addington Raceway, 12 November
If you’re a fashionista looking to become Christchurch’s fashion icon of the year, this is for you! Entries are now open for both Best Dressed Lady and Best Dressed Man, so fill out a form and purchase a gate entry ticket – head to

NZ Trotting Cup Day After Party
Louis, 123 Victoria Street, 12 November, 5pm-1am
After a fun-filled day of fashion, food, bubbles and racing, you’ll need something to keep you partying the night away… Head along to Louis for an after party like no other, complete with live music, magnums of Mumm (at the standard bottle price) and fabulous food!

Breakfast, Bubbles & Bus
Savoire Café of Merivale, Merivale Mall, 12 November, from 9am
If you’re planning a day of glamour and horse racing action this Cup Day, why not kick it all off in style with Savoire Café of Merivale with a delectable set menu? Bookings required.

Cup Day Breakfast and Bus
No.4 Bar, 4 Mansfield Avenue, Merivale, 12 November
No.4’s legendary Cup Day Breakfast and Bus sets the day up nicely. Not only does the bus get you there in style, it brings you back in plenty of time to continue the celebrations into the evening, with a lot happening back at No.4 all week for those staying behind as well.

Show Day Races
Addington Raceway, 15 November, 10:30am-7pm
Check out all the racing action at the Show Day Races, a fun day out for the whole family! Hang out on the Lindauer Lawn and enjoy live music, delicious food and drinks and a free kids’ entertainment zone (with a petting zoo!)

The New Zealand Agricultural Show
Canterbury Agricultural Park, 13-15 November, 8am-5:30pm
The New Zealand Agricultural Show returns for 2019, complete with fairground rides, demonstrations, competitions, live entertainment, the iconic Hazletts Farmyard, woodchopping, gumboot throwing and all things food and retail.




Are you the Best Dressed?: Q&A with Jackie O’Fee

The whispers of Cup and Show Week are starting to be heard around town, so Metropol caught up with Jackie O’Fee of Signature Style and six-time judge for Addington Raceway’s Fashion Competition to get her take on how to prepare for this year.




Signature Style is your company/brand. What do you do for your clients?
I work with them to create a look they love. I’m old school – trained in colour and body-shape analysis. I know the science behind what it takes to make my clients look fabulous.

Where are you from?
Although I was born in Auckland I grew up in Dunedin and Gore and I lived in Christchurch for seven years. I visit Christchurch often and have family there.

How did you come to be a judge?
I think initially through my work for one of the key fashion sponsors, but I loved it and I love that they have kept asking me! I’ve been lucky enough to judge/MC six times and this year will be my seventh!






What do you love most about judging?
The fashion is incredible. Where else do you have a chance to wear hats, gloves, and take an outfit to such an extreme level of detail?

What is the golden rule of race day fashion?
It’s all in the details – every single element must be considered from top to toe.

What will you be looking for on the day?
Immaculate presentation. Over the past few years judging at Addington has become so difficult as the standard has been incredibly high, which means you are eliminating finalists on the smallest of mis-steps: a scruffy shoe, a jarring note with a bag, poor finishing on a hemline etc.




What is the best way to catch the eye of the judges on the day?
Be on trend (yes, race wear also follows trends), have every part of your outfit working together and have fun up there – we want you to enjoy your day.

Local milliner Susi Meares of Seventh and Fig or Show Pony Millinery are quite popular in Christchurch. What are some NZ hat makers/milliners that you could recommend?
Monika Neuhauser is very clever, Belinda Green does beautiful work and Claire Hahn has made several of my own hats. Maria Wright is also brilliant.

How far in advance should contestants start planning their look?
I think some probably start when they are still at the track on Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day! Given how closely the Addington Raceway’s Fashion Competition community monitors international trends I think the planning begins as we start to see looks coming through from the many international meetings like Royal Ascot, Dubai World Cup (which was won this year by New Zealander Eleanor Campbell).

Coco Chanel was quoted as saying that ‘beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself’. How can women enlist this mantra on Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day?
I think you can tell when someone is uncomfortable in what they are wearing so it’s important to wear something that you love and feel good in.





Heart of the city: The Crossing

Feel the pulse of the heart of the city at The Crossing, where energy and spirits are sky high. This destination shopping hub within the CBD realises what we dreamed of for our reborn city. “The vibe is great, you get the sensation of shopping in Sydney or Melbourne, wandering the al fresco lanes where retail, dining and office space are mixed with intoxicating vigour,” The Crossing Centre Manager Kelly Morison says.



There is an amazing selection of stores and always something more to find. Kit yourself out for Cup Week and seasonal events with beauty, nails, shoes and accessories, as well as a stunning selection of men’s and women’s fashion, cafés and restaurants to keep your energy levels high while you hunt and gather your killer look.

“The team at The Crossing are so excited to be part of the movement bringing Cup and Show Week, wedding festivities and seasonal functions back to the central city,” Kelly says.

To celebrate, The Crossing has named the ‘Best Dressed’ competition at Addington ‘Fashion Starts Here’, reflecting its philosophy ‘The City Starts Here’. Visit for information on the fashion competition.

The Crossing hosts flagship H&M, Country Road, Ruby and Seed stores. Ivy Blu and Workshop stores carry their own stunning collections, as well as desirable pieces chosen from international labels. Renowned florist Bourbon Rose is upstairs, along with the food terrace – Joyful Express, and Cookai sushi train are a hit with families.


Madisons Off Broadway has the best range of special occasion wear in Christchurch, bringing in pieces from Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, and Ralph Lauren. Men have so much more choice than usual with Barkers, Country Road, Rodd and Gunn, H&M, and Workshop geared to fit out the discerning gent.

Stirling Women has wonderful leisure and workout gear, The Gift Shop is awesome for a forage for unusual gifts, Fresh Choice City Market lives up to its name, and an award-winning Coffee Culture sits in the middle of this meandering den of delights.

Parking is a dream at $2 for the first two hours and easy access on Lichfield Street opposite the central bus exchange, but the best kept secret is that The Crossing carpark hosts Christchurch’s newest, state of the art preschool. Open this month and taking bookings, this gorgeous facility has separate spaces for different age groups, a classroom for those transitioning to school, and a playground that your little one won’t want to leave, not to mention views across the city.

Open 9am-6pm weekdays, 10am-5pm weekends and holidays, plus extended hours for Christmas shopping, Customer Service always has someone to help. “The Crossing in the heart of the city is a vibrant fun place to be in our wonderful developing city,”  Kelly says.




Let’s Celebrate Addington Cup Week 2019

Spring is in the air, which apart from blossoms enveloping the city, means only one thing for Canterbury – the 116th Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup Day at Addington Raceway.



Harness racing, high fashion, food, friends and fun; Tuesday 12 November is the absolute highlight of Canterbury’s social calendar.

Celebrating 25 years in Christchurch, principal partner Christchurch Casino, in conjunction with Addington Raceway, offers an exceptional range of places and activities to toast their anniversary on Australasia’s biggest harness racing day.

Of course, a major focus of the day is fashion. Fashion and racing have had a long association, and this year’s extravaganza will be even bigger and better, with a new sponsor of the fashion competition, Christchurch’s newest retail heart, The Crossing!

The Crossing Fashion Starts Here Best Dressed Competition is the opportunity to showcase your style, elegance and understanding of current fashion trends. Not to be confused with evening wear, race wear is uniquely sophisticated – the latest silhouettes and colour palettes with a modern edge are ideal. Hat, fascinator, or hairpiece is essential for ladies; hat and perfected accessories for men.

There are some amazing prizes up for grabs, including $1,000 gift vouchers from The Crossing, Country Road and Barkers, return economy flights for two to Tokyo and Brisbane (courtesy of Air New Zealand), accommodation at the Peninsula Beachfront Resort in Mooloolaba, a gorgeous diamond pendant, earrings and ring from Pascoes The Jewellers, Presage and Quartz watches from Seiko, and Lanson Champagne. Check out all the details and enter at

The Crossing Fashion Starts Here Best Dressed Competition is one of many activities happening in The Edge Public Village. It will be entertainment central, including The Edge Activation Garden. There are delicious treats, refreshing beverages, totes and phone charging stations to name a few. Reserved seating in the Public Stand guarantees you prime viewing – check all the details at

If the Lindauer Lawn is more your taste, get your tickets early as this area sells out. A complimentary Lindauer will be served to the first 1,000 stylish and racing-ready people and the first 100 will receive a ‘glam gift’. The options are endless; get close to the music, enjoy delectable treats, thirst-quenching refreshments, spectacular views and top-class racing, or visit the ‘pamper’ lounge for some chill-out time!

After last year’s successful operation, AWOP will be in use in the Lindauer Lawn and The Edge Public Village. ‘Another Way Of Paying’ is a cashless payment system, a wristband charged with however much you want to spend (no overspending!), and will be used to purchase everything you need on the day – food, drinks, bets, charity donations (Ronald McDonald House South Island and St. John) and more. TAB winnings will be paid in cash, however, any winnings over $1000 will require additional ID to be shown. Find all the details at

What would Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup Day be without the stars of the day: the horses! There will be 12 races from around noon – the Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup, scheduled for 5:12pm, is the main feature, with only one question on everyone’s lips – will Thefixer do it again?

Come be part of the magic. Be seen. Enjoy a fantastic day at #NZCup19. Make sure you check for all the information you need.