Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the event?

The Deighton Cup is held at Hastings Racecourse (188 N Renfrew St, Vancouver, BC V5K 3N8)

When does the racing start? And what is the schedule for the day?

12:00 – Doors Open

12:00 – Style Stakes Self-Nomination Station Opens

12:55 – Camaro 67 Set Begins

13:50 – Race #1

13:55 – DJ Marvel Set Begins

14:00 – Style Stakes Self-Nomination Station Closes

14:20 – Race #2

14:50 – Race #3

14:55 – Real Love Set Begins

15:00 – Style Stakes Voting Begins

15:20 – Race #4

15: 55 – Style Stakes Finale + Awards (Main Stage)

15:50 – Race #5

16:20 – Race #6 – The Deighton Cup Title Race

16:25 – Johnny Jover Set Begins

16:50 – Race #7

17:20 – Race #8

17:25 – Frank Walker Set Begins

18:45 – Last Call

19:00 – Event Closes

Does a ticket include food?

From 2018 food was no longer be coupled with a ticket – which means: cheaper tickets! This year, guests can elect to pre-purchase a Lunch offering or indulge in some fantastic finger food at the track. Learn about all of this year’s options here

While there will be a limited selection of for-purchase food at the track – we highly encourage lunches to be purchased in advance for those looking to guarantee a full stomach.

Can we bring our own food?

No, guests are not allowed to bring their own food to the Deighton Cup.

Is this a family event?

Sadly, no. Due to liquor licensing agreements The Deighton Cup must be a strictly a 19+ event.

Is there seating?

There will be free seating in the Grandstand area at the Deighton Cup along with opportunities to sit or lounge in our picnic area in the Marquee. Reserved seating is available by purchase through our VIP options.

Are there group options?

The Deighton Cup hosts a few different style booth and suite options for corporate groups. We have 4 person boxess, 8 person booths, and large 30 person suites. Beyond this, we are also offering a 10+ person group option. Purchase 10 tickets and receive your 9th and 10th complimentary. Learn more here

When can we arrive?

Doors are at 12pm and entry is available all day until doors close at 6 pm. 

Do you allow in’s + out’s?

Yes, each guest will receive an entry wristband which will allow them into the event, and to return if they leave. 

Is there a smoking area?

Smoking is allowed anywhere on the tarmac and there will be a Cigar lounge to indulge in a celebratory puff.

Is there a place to park my car?

Hastings Racecourse has limited public parking. Taxi, Car2Go/Evo, Public Transit or Private Luxury vehicle are recommended forms of arrival and departure to The Deighton Cup. 

Can I arrive separate from my group?

Absolutely! You should ensure that your purchaser transfers their tickets to their guests beforehand, although they can also do so from their phone once they have arrived at the event via our ticketing platform, Guest Manager. 

I can’t attend anymore! Do you offer refunds?

Unfortunately, no. The Deighton Cup has a strict no refund policy.

Can I bet on the races?

You bet! There will be at least two betting stations where you can have a flutter at choosing your favourite jockeys and horses. There’s plenty of fun and thrill to be had as they tear around the bend into some marvelous photo finishes. You can also register an account with HPI Bet and start wagering from your phone or mobile device. Places bets with ease and get your winnings instantly!

Please remember to gamble responsibly. Learn more about how to wager here

Is there entertainment at The Deighton Cup?

2019 welcome a totally revamped musical experience: Deighton Live. Headlined by Canadian DJ and Producer,  Frank Walker, the afternoon festivities will be soundtracked by local artists such as: Camaro 67, DJ Marvel, Real Love, and Johnny Jover.

How do I get there?

The best place to enter is off of Renfrew near Cambridge Street.

What do I wear?!

Dubbed as one of the most stylish events in Vancouver, The Deighton Cup is absolutely the place to see and be seen. Nothing is too over the top, and we encourage every single attendee to go all out when coordinating their outfits. Think Melbourne Cup meets Royal Ascot with a twist of Kentucky Derby.

Looking for outfit inspiration? Check out our Pinterest page here.

I’ve picked my outfit and think I could be crowned the Style Stakes winner. How do I enter?

Keep your eyes out for the roaming judges at the racetrack, or swing by our self-nomination area near the front entrance for your chance at becoming a finalist. Once the judges have each selected one man and one woman, all finalists will be taken up to the main stage in the middle of the event for the grand announcement of the 2018 Belle du Jour and Gallant Satorialist winners. Each winner will receive $500 cash, bragging rights, and the opportunity to become a judge for the year following.

What is The People’s Choice award and how do I enter?

For the first time ever, the style competition will extend beyond Deighton Cup day at the track, and into the people’s hands with The People’s Choice Style Stakes award.

Feeling like you could become the People’s Choice? Post your race day look at the track on July 21st, tag @deightoncup and use the hashtags #DCPeoplesChoice and #DeightonCup. The photo must be full length and include a single individual to qualify. We’ll narrow it down to a final 12 candidates and share the voting platform through our website on Monday, July 23rd.

What’s The Cocktail Jockey Mixology Competition?

The Deighton Cup and its judging panel of industry heavyweights invite the crème-de-la-crème of mixologists, barmen, and aspiring booze hounds to partake in the 7th annual Cocktail Jockey mixology competition.

Held as part of the Starting Gate – the 2019 the competition took place at Prohibition (Hotel Georgia) on Saturday, May 4th, Learn more here.

Who makes the food and drinks at Deighton Cup?

 Earls Restaurant are our exclusive lunch provider for both GA Guests and VIP Booth and Suite Holders. The Deighton Cup will also have on-site food vendors selling meals and light fare such as Acadian Caviar, Iberico Ham,  Wandering Mollusk Oysters, Chowdery. Learn more. 

Our beverage partners, selling cocktails, beer, wine, and champagne, include Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, Tito’s Vodka, Stella Artois, Angry Orchard Apple Cider, among many more.