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Yesterday’s Seventh Annual Deighton Cup was packed with guests out for an afternoon of trackside glamour with cocktails in hand.

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There’s nothing finer than an afternoon at the races — add craft cocktails, a picnic lunch, cigar lounge and champagne stage, and this party turns into the hit of the summer, with no shortage of lavish dresses, fascinators, fedoras and bow ties.

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The event also benefited Variety – The Children’s Charity, with five dollars from each ticket sale going towards a vital organization that helps create a better life for children with special needs.

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[Posing with the stilt couple, Veuve bubbly inside the VIP tent, Petite Puf cotton candy gals]

Stilt walkers, unicyclists, cotton candy and fiery-orange Veuve Cliquot glassware added even more colour to the occasion.

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Deighton Cup is named after Vancouver saloon owner John “Gassy Jack” Deighton.

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This year’s Deighton Cup was co-produced by Droski Turner and The Social Concierge and doubled in size from previous years to include reserved grandstand seating for an additional 1,500 Concourse-level guests trackside.

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In addition to placing your bets on the horses, a Cocktail Jockey Mixology Competition brought out Vancouver’s finest bartenders while the best-dressed woman (Belle Du Jour) and man (Gallant Sartorialist) were crowned in the Style Stakes.

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More of my photos from the day can be found here.

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