By BELINDA F SCOTT
RACEGOERS and breast cancer research supporters turned out in huge numbers to support Coffs Harbour Racing Club's Pink Silks Ladies Day yesterday.
Coffs Coast Advocate sports writer Greg White said numbers on the course probably placed the day on a par with Advocate Sprint Day, making it equal second for the year behind August's Coffs Harbour Gold Cup Day in terms of the number of visitors.
Organising committee member Vashti Stewart said by 4pm the money raised towards four breast cancer support and research organisations had already exceeded $20,000 and crowd numbers had exceeded all expectations.
The pink theme for the annual ladies day and the prizes on offer for those who elected to dress up turned the grounds of the Racing Club into a summery garden, with the emerald lawns dotted with women, children and men in every shade of pink from fuchsia to pastels in hats, dresses, shirts and even suits.
Beauty and the Beast star Carlotta joined Coffs Harbour's Jenny Child and NBN's Big Dog to judge the pink fashions in the Rescu Beauty Bar Fashions on the Field.
"I just think it's a wonderful cause. That's what's so great about Aussies, they make an effort," Carlotta said. The entertainer, who wore a Christopher Essex ensemble, said the outfit made her feel a bit sad, as she had not worn it since the death of the famous stage designer from cancer last September.
Coffs Harbour's Jason Pymont, wearing black and pink, was a finalist in the Pinkest of the Pink competition with a pink suit he made himself. "I had a bit of spare time," he said, but was pipped for the 'pinkest' prize by Coffs Harbour's Stacey Taylor in pale champagne pink with a matching hat.
In third place was Betty Sinclair in a lacy apricot-pink Anthea Crawford dress with a flower-wreathed hat. Mrs Sinclair even repainted her jade ring pink to match her metallic pink shoes. Fourth was Dianne Hartman in dusty pink.
Cool kid in pink was eight-year-old Laura Johnson, of Glenreagh, with runner-up 12-month-old Flynn Taylor, of Coffs Harbour, wearing pink and black miniature jockey's silks made by his grandmother, Brenda Finn, of Inverell, who was at the races to see him past the post.
Third was nine-year-old Ruby Madden of Boambee, who topped her outfit with a pink feather hat made by her mother.