Mates win the fashion stakes
FROM the distance they looked like a cross between the Teletubbies and the Blues Brothers, but up close it was clear they were six friends making the most out of their first race day carnival.
The group lost their race-day virginity in style yesterday, with vib- rantly co-ordinated suits topped off with individual accessories, including a sombrero, red Mohawk and glittery green top hat.
The day for Shane Grant, Adam Lowe, Simon Stewart, Sean Gooley, Tim Stewart and Mark Wilton, who all work together at a meatworks in Booyong, began nice and early with a traditional, albeit slightly feminine, champagne breakfast at Shane's house.
"We were at work and one of us suggested getting done up for the races so we all bought different col- oured suits from Lowes," Adam said.
With a price tag of $200 for the whole suit, you "couldn't go wrong", Tim said.
Tim topped off his banana-coloured ensemble with a practical Mexican sombrero.
"I walked out this morning and saw it in my lounge room and thought that would be good in the sun," the Clunes resident said.
"It was more of a practical choice than a fashion one."
But the boys were adamant there was no fighting over the mirror.
"It took us about 25 minutes to get ready. It was my mirror so it was no go for the others," Shane joked.
For Sean, 22, his wardrobe choice had a sentimental element too.
"I am doing this for my grandad who is not very well," he said.
"He wore this suit the first time he went to the races so this is for him."
It was also the first time most of them had placed a bet on the horses.
Unfortunately there was no beginners luck for Adam, 23.
"I got two tips from my dad," he said.
"The first one was fourth-last and the second came second-last."