Race day inspires fabulous fashion
THERE was hot competition off the track, as well as on, at the Mackay Cup race day on Saturday.
At stake was the popular Fashions on the Field title and women showcased a stunning array of winter fashion to be in the running, Mackay Turf Club committee member and Fashions on the Field organiser Samantha Pozzi said.
Elizabeth Howard was voted the Robert Peel Jewellers Fashions on the Field winner by judges Miss Turf Girl Samantha Nutt, Hot FM promotions manager Liana Ladner and Ms Pozzi.
“We were looking for old-school tradition such as stockings and heavier fabrics, as well as a touch of the latest fashion,” Ms Pozzi said.
“It’s not just about dressing up in the latest fashion, there are technical guidelines you need to follow,” she said
Ultimately, these guidelines led to Ms Howard being named the winner, however, Ms Pozzi said it had not been an easy choice.
“It’s always hard to narrow it down,” she said.
Ms Pozzi also said she had been overwhelmed with the effort and research that went into their outfits.
“Our Fashions on the Field is just getting bigger and better all the time.”
More than 4000 people were at the race day, Mackay Turf Club chairman Ian Joblin said. “It was a great day. The weather was perfect and everyone looked like they were enjoying themselves,” he said.
The huge crowd led to some traffic congestion issues at the day’s end.
“Because the public transport system isn’t as strong as it could be, it is difficult to get people off the race course,” Mr Joblin said.
“We all need to learn to plan the route home as well as the route there.”
Mackay Turf Club functions and promotions manager Lara Baumback said the day was a great success.
“We put on additional bars, which were all used,” she said.
“These included a new wine bar and XXXX can bar, which were part of a new grassed picnic area set up behind the betting ring.”