7th annual Deighton Cup this weekend at Hastings Racecourse!


The Deighton Cup is about more than just horse racing. Jonny Picture photo.

In Gastown, you can see a statue of him – John “Gassy Jack” Deighton. The legendary Vancouver saloon owner also lends his name (posthumously speaking, of course) to The Deighton Cup – the annual fashion-and-cocktail event that brings even the non-horsey set to Hastings Racecourse.

This year, the event celebrates its seventh anniversary – Lucky Number Seven as it’s called – on Saturday, July 25, 2015, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Here’s a little of what you can expect.

In honour of Lucky Number Seven, The Deighton Cup is doubling in size. A specially constructed viewing platform and reserved grandstand seating will accommodate an additional 1,500 Concourse-level guests trackside.

A Derby dress code is encouraged – that is, fancy hats (feathers, for instance) and dresses for women, and seersucker suits and fedoras for the dudes. The best dressed woman (Belle Du Jour) and man (Gallant Sartorialist) in the Style Stakes will be chosen by a panel of fashion industry professionals and each win $500.


Jonny Picture photo.

There is a also a Cocktail Jockey Mixology Competition, with the city’s top bartenders competing for a grand prize of $1000. And of course, there are horse races – eight of them. Music will be provided by Electric Monks, a five-piece funk orchestra band from East Vancouver.

The Deighton Cup has six ticket levels, from $35 (Concourse & Grandstand Area) to $150 (The Cocktail Jockey Mixology Competition, limited to 50 tickets, and which includes full access to the Marquee VIP Area as well as admission to the Hastings Grandstand Skybox Patio for the Mixology Competition). A couple of higher-end packages are also available.

All tickets and packages are available online at deightoncup.com. Hastings Racecourse is located in East Vancouver, at 188 North Renfrew Street.

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