The 2018 Kangaroo Island Cup Racing Carnival is one of the biggest annual events on the island

fashions on the Field: Last year's winners. Let's see what this year's fashionistas will bring to the event. Photo: Sue Rawkins.

fashions on the Field: Last year's winners. Let's see what this year's fashionistas will bring to the event. Photo: Sue Rawkins.

The 2018 Kangaroo Island Cup Carnival is set to jump.

The Racing Carnival is one of the biggest annual events on the island and features three days of non-stop fashion, live entertainment, delicious award-winning KI food and beverages and top quality racing action.

The casual day is on Thursday February 15 and the big Cup Day is on Saturday February 17.

Sandwiched in between, there’s the Dudley Winery annual ‘Punters’ Intermission’ on Friday February 16, at the beautiful surroundings of Dudley Winery.

This is followed by the Calcutta at the Ozone Hotel in Kingscote in the evening, with live music and food. 

Both race days will be televised free-to-air around Australia and TAB betting will be available.  

On both days, a seven-race program will feature, and with record prize money on offer, there is sure to be a great turn-up of mainland and local horses.

One of the best ways to enjoy the KI Cup on Saturday at the race track is in the fabulous hospitality marquee, where guests enjoy a delicious four-course menu along with a range of Dudley Wines and other beverages for $199 per head.

Entrance to the race track is included along with a race book.

Visit the Sealink website to reserve your seats.

You can also enjoy sitting on the grass, or underneath a shady umbrella, buying drinks from the bar, and meals from the many on-course food vans, featuring delicious island food.

On both days, gates will open at 11am, and this year a free bus transfer service will operate every 30 minutes from Kingscote to the race track and back all day, courtesy KI Transfers, with support from the Office of the Commissioner for Kangaroo Island and the Motor Accident Commission.

“It’s a wonderful celebration of everything about Kangaroo Island,” chairman of KI Racing Club Mark Turner said.  

“We invite mainland visitors to come along and see what we have to offer – it’s fun, fast-moving, and exciting – we love our KI-style day at the races.”