Dar­win Turf Cup Fash­ions

Fash­ion­able fil­lies take the stage at the 2018 Dar­win Cup Car­ni­val Fash­ions on the Field com­pe­ti­tion.

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THE fash­ion stakes were as high as some ladies’ stilet­tos, with women of all ages put­ting their best foot for­ward on the 2018 Dar­win Cup Car­ni­val Fash­ions on the Field cat­walk. Judges cer­tainly had their work cut out for them, with dozens of con­tes­tants dress­ing to the nines, but Dar­win’s Olivia Camp­bell man­aged to take out the top gong with a stun­ning red and white flo­ral dress she bought in Ed­in­burgh. Olivia Camp­bell, who also won this year’s Ladies Day Fash­ions on the Field com­pe­ti­tion, paired her dress with a match­ing fas­ci­na­tor cre­ated by He­len Wilkin­son of He­len Rose Millinery. “It’s a pa­per crown made of origami, so ev­ery piece is hand folded, it’s just phe­nom­e­nal,” she said. Don­ning a stun­ning red and pink polka dot dress, Dar­wi­nite Tif­fany Parsell was crowned the 2018 Fash­ions on the Field run­ner up. Tif­fany Parsell matched her Atoir dress with a stun­ning Millinery by Mel Fas­ci­na­tor. The Dar­win Turf Club was formed with a fan­fare of trum­pets in May 1955. The stage was set for the run­ning of the first Dar­win Cup on Satur­day Oc­to­ber 20 1956. Be­cause of the un­fin­ished state of the track the Cup was run over 1200m. The first Dar­win Cup win­ner at Fan­nie Bay was Satan’s Son, owned, trained and rid­den by Peter Mc­cracken. Satan’s Son, the only non-thor­ough­bred to win the Dar­win Cup, cov­ered the 1200m in 126 sec­onds. In the 1980s, the Dar­win Turf Club re­ally started to kick things along. The in­tro­duc­tion of the Triple Crown bonus, saw con­sid­er­able fi­nan­cial re­ward up for grabs. Turf Club Chair­man Ted Bai­ley, a long time stal­wart of the sport in the Top End, as owner and punter pulled off a re­mark­able coup when Brin­ney won the 1989 Guineas, Derby and Win­field Dar­win Cup, train­ing Triple Crown glory. The 1988 Bi­cen­ten­nial Dar­win Cup was the first $100,000 race staged in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory, an amaz­ing turn­around for the Club vir­tu­ally dec­i­mated by Cy­clone Tracy 15 years be­fore. The Dar­win Cup has be­come the big­gest sport­ing event in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory with over 20,000 peo­ple at­tend­ing ev­ery year on Day 8. As one of only a few dirt tracks in op­er­a­tion on the provin­cial cir­cuit, the pic­turesque race­course in Fan­nie Bay sees sev­eral il­lus­tri­ous rac­ing names vie for over 1.95 mil­lion dol­lars in prize money and tro­phies over the month long event.

Win­ner, Olivia Camp­bell (right) with Run­ner up, Tif­fany Parsell (left)

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