FASHION STAKES: Krystle Kirk was named most fashionable female at the Caloundra Cup meeting at Corbould Park.
FASHION STAKES: Krystle Kirk was named most fashionable female at the Caloundra Cup meeting at Corbould Park. John McCutcheon

Krystle's a winner in the fashion stakes

HORSE racing is in Krystle Kirk's blood but when she goes to the races these days, she sometimes doesn't see a single horse.

That's because her passion is fashion, specifically fashions in the field.

The young Landsborough mum's efforts paid dividends at Corbould Park on Saturday when she was named most fashionable female at the Caloundra Cup meeting.

It was her first major win and she was still buzzing with excitment well after the last race ... not that she saw it.

"Racing is very close to my heart as my grandather is a trainer and has always had horses and I've got horse at our place,” the mum-of-two said.

"Mum's side of the family are all graziers, so I grew up going to country field days.

"But now when I go to the races, I often don't see any horses because it's all about the fashion.”

Caloundra Cup day was Krystle's first major win in the fashion stakes, although she took second place at Doomben on the Girl's Day Out meeting earlier this year.

She said she'd only been "serious” about entering fashions in the field events for a couple of years.

"A few girlfriends and I have always done Stradbroke Day at Doomben - just dresses and hats for the fun of it - but this is only the fifth or sixth time I've entered seriously,” she said.

"Now the kids have got older I've got more serious about it and I did three days at the Brisbane carnival this year.”

Getting "serious” means countless hours of preparation, choosing the right outfit and making everything perfect for her too-brief time in front of the judges.

Her winning outfit was bought online from a Nigerian designer and features the vibrant colours and creative expressions synonymous with the African country.

While she loved the outfit, Krystle said it won't be trotted out again.

That's particularly so when she goes to Flemington for Ladies Oaks Day - a major component of her prize.

And will she be enetering fashions in the field down there.

"Of course,” she said.

"There's no way I'm going to go down there and not enter.”

Bachelor in Paradise Australia star Michael Turnbull was one of the judges of the competition and said while he might have been out of his depth, he was impressed by what he saw.

"It was my fist time judging fashions and it wasa bit intimidating and harder than I thought,” he said.

"To be honest, I porbably didn;t bring a whole lot in tersm of exeprtise to judging of the female fashions but I did have fun taking a whol lot of photos with the girls.

"All theladies looked fganstastic and from what I could see, it appears the current fashion trends are for classic ans timelessclooks with a splash of really bright colour.

"I do know the men's fashion scene quite well and I was really impressed by the lin-up.

"The Sunshie Caost guys looked great - I'd wear their outfits any time.

"Forget Melburne, the Sunshine Caost is where th action is when it comes to fshion.”



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