SPRING FUN

FASHION, FROCKS AND FIL­LIES WERE JUST SOME OF THE HIGH­LIGHTS OF THE CAIRNS RACING SEA­SON

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Cairns Am­a­teurs ar­rived in all its usual glory last week­end, kick­ing off with the Cairns Cen­tral Ladies Fashion High Tea.

One of the high­lights of this event, aside from the goodie bags, is the dis­play of fash­ions both in the crowd and on the run­way.

The event’s an­nual fashion pa­rade was on-trend and high­lighted this sea­son’s latest looks. Each ta­ble then nom­i­nated their own best dressed per­son to rep­re­sent them on stage.

The eclec­tic mix of favourites went to show that there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to style.

There was a mix of looks from typ­i­cal win­ter wear through to all-white en­sem­bles with a pop of head­wear colour.

Flo­rals proved pop­u­lar again and gave a good in­di­ca­tion of what to ex­pect at Ladies Day.

Lead­ing milliner and Am­a­teurs am­bas­sador An­gela Menz com­mended the line-up of lo­cal racewear.

“It will be tough com­pe­ti­tion this year,” she said.

An­gela wasn’t the only racing iden­tity in at­ten­dance. I spied

magazine edi­tor Cathryn Mered­ith at a ta­ble brim­ming with VIP guests, in­clud­ing one of Aus­tralia’s most awarded milliners, Ker­rie Stan­ley.

More low-key than Cup Day, Ladies Day was the epit­ome of track­side en­ter­tain­ment.

Cup Day was racing mad­ness as usual. Savvy race­go­ers took ad­van­tage of the Pier Bar’s cham­pagne break­fast, in­clud­ing a shut­tle di­rect to Can­non Park.

Fash­ions went off with a bang this year, es­pe­cially in the QT Port Dou­glas Fash­ions on the Field tent.

Sparks shoot­ing from a trans­former fire above the tent sent ladies in flammable fin­ery into a brief panic, but rest as­sured, the prob­lem was soon fixed and the party con­tin­ued, es­pe­cially in the Win­ning Post Bar where drinks were cold and spir­its were high.

Those with stay­ing power headed into the city, fas­ci­na­tors (mostly) in­tact, for more revelry.

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