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Vienna Media News 06/2017 Fast horses, fancy hats

The new Vienna Ascot equestrian and fashion event starts on September 16, 2017 with a parade that will see the guests of honour file into the arena in horse-drawn carriages before taking their places in the imperial box. Day one, Ladies Day, has fans of extravagant hats firmly in its sights. Programme highlights include a fashion show with afternoon tea, and – in a nod to the UK race event that provided the inspiration for the event’s name – an award for the most fetching female headgear. There are also horse races to enjoy, four in total, including the Esterhazy Memorial (1,200 metres) and the Preis vom Kahlenberg (a 3,600 metre steeplechase).

Family Race Day on September 17, 2017 features competitions including the Maria Theresien Cup (1,000 metres) and the Pink Ribbon Ladies Cup. Throughout the course of the two-day event there are equestrian shows, children’s entertainment and live music to accompany the races. On both days, racegoers will be well looked after from early in the morning until late in the day with sandwiches and afternoon tea, à la carte menus from the luxury grand hotel and international delicacies from a variety of food trucks. Guests can also order picnic baskets – or bring their own.

Freudenau racecourse opened in Vienna’s Prater Park in 1839. Built in the historicist style, the heritage-listed complex of buildings featuring five public stands and one imperial box is also used for other events.

  • Vienna Ascot, Sep 16 + 17, 2017, Freudenau racecourse, Freudenau 65, Rennbahnstrasse A, 1020 Vienna, www.vienna-ascot.at

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Vienna Tourist Board
Helena Hartlauer
Media Relations UK, USA, Canada, Australia
Tel. (+ 43 1) 211 14-364

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