Feel the thunder of the hoofs as the region's hottest social event gallops back into town September 28.
From first-class racing to entertainment galore, the AFL long weekend couldn't come sooner for the annual Benalla Gold Cup.
Located in the heartland of Victoria's Thoroughbred Country in an intimate setting with sweeping views of the course comes a heart-pumping race day from the Mounting Yard to the Winning Post.
Don't have a ticket yet? That'll change in the next five minutes.
Here are seven reasons why you can't miss out on the Benalla Gold Cup on Friday 28th September:
1. Fashions on the Field
Howza 'bout we offer you $5,000 in prizes just for dressing to impress? Easy enough, right? The popular Fashions on the Field competition is calling all male and female fashionistas to strut their stuff down the field to land overnight accommodation, thousands of dollars in travel vouchers, wellness and beauty treatments, clothing, toy world vouchers and much more! You stylish devil, you.
2. There's Fun for the Whole Family
First thing's first, kids under 16 can waltz into the venue COMPLETELY FREE. Once inside, they can bounce around the field exploring free jumping castles and kids face painting with entertainment wrapping around every corner. The beautiful location has shady elm trees and a new playground facility, so pack a picnic lunch and enjoy this fun family day out.
3. Live Your Best VIP Life
What's a glamorous race day without a little taste of the high-life? Upgrade your general admission to a VIP option that'll make you feel oh so la-di-da (even if just for one day). While the Carlton Draught Deck is already sold out, there's options for your very own private marquee or umbrella package lined up along the home straight for you and your friends. Book them here.
4. Spot a Celeb... Or two.
Rub shoulders with some of the who's who of the local scene with guest speaker AFL Legend Kevin Sheedy dazzling in the VIP marquee, Ruby Brownless (daughter of AFL great Billy) and Benalla's own Darcy Spinks who was a finalist at Miss Universe Australia 2018. Bring your spectacles and camera, you're going to need it for this celebrity spotting!
5. Giddy Up, Horsie
All fashion and entertainment aside, let's not forget that this event is really about one thing: the races. Get up close and personal with jockeys, trainers and thoroughbreds from across the state. Take a bet, find your spot on the home stretch and saddle up for nine races on the day from 12:30pm to 5:10pm.
6. Boogie the Night Away
Swap the wedges for some sneakers because by nightfall local live band Entourage will hit the stage and are set to tear the roof off until from 7:30pm. The groovy trio have been playing the Benalla and beyond scene for a number of years and always manage to bring the heat with their classic Aussie favourites!
7. There's a Bus So You Don't Have to Drive
While there is free parking at the event, what's the fun in you all being designated driver, amirite? There's a leisurely 45-minute courtesy bus from Shepparton right to the Benalla track which is music to our ears. Purchase your seat on the bus here.
We told you it would only take five minutes to add Benalla Gold Cup to your social calendar.
Join the fun across the AFL long weekend on Friday 28th September. Gates open at 11am.
Tickets start from $20 and can be purchased here.
This article is in association with Benalla Racing Club and the Benalla Gold Cup.