All the Glad­stone Cup ac­tion on and off track

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DRESSED to the nines with a bold fas­ci­na­tor and cus­tomised dress, it’s no sur­prise Jo­lene Sturgess was crowned the Fash­ion of the Field win­ner at the Glad­stone Cup on Sat­ur­day.

Her vin­tage-in­spired at­tire blew the judges away but the Rock­hamp­ton mother-of-one said she never planned on win­ning.

Mrs Sturgess’s 50s-in­spired mus­tard dress was paired with large yel­low millinery, yel­low gloves and black ac­ces­sories.

“My hus­band and I were in Glad­stone on a week­end away, child-free from our 18-month-old daugh­ter Lu­cia, we thought why not get dolled up and en­joy our­selves,” Mrs Sturgess said.

“Orig­i­nally it wasn’t re­ally wasn’t about fash­ions, it was about hav­ing a great day and we did.

“I had the dress from last year and be­cause it was a snap de­ci­sion to go to the races I pulled it back out of the closet.

“I never re­ally get the op­por­tu­nity to dress up as a mum and I’ve never been to the Glad­stone Cup.”

Mrs Sturgess, a den­tal tech­ni­cian, said an old friend helped her sew the dress.

“My friend Jan is a re­tired seam­stress and she did a won­der­ful job,” she said.

“I picked the colours and she showed me how to put it to­gether.

“It was hard find­ing the right tones of yel­lows to tie it all to­gether be­cause of the black mesh on the yel­low mus­tard dress.”

Photo: Mike Richards GLA110818RACE

GLAM­OUR: Jo­lene Sturgess, who was dubbed the best dressed at the Glad­stone Cup, was among the 2000 peo­ple who packed Fer­gu­son Park for one of the re­gion’s big­gest race meets of the year.

Photo: Mike Richards GLA110818SOCL

CUP COMBO: Win­ner Jo­lene Sturgess at the Glad­stone Cup at Fer­gu­son Park.

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