Fash­ion takes all in race car­ni­val fi­nale

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DANNI SHAFIK danielle.shafik@news.com.au

FASH­ION­ABLE pun­ters packed Clu­den Park on Sat­ur­day to end the Townsville Turf Club’s win­ter rac­ing sea­son in style.

Thou­sands flocked through the gates from 10.30am for the fun, food, fash­ion and rac­ing.

Townsville Turf Club chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Cas­san­dra Caz­zulino said there had been a huge turnout – 8154 vis­i­tors – and it was the first time in three years they had used the sec­ond car park at the track. Last year’s at­ten­dance was 6000. “This day is the pin­na­cle of our win­ter rac­ing car­ni­val,” Ms Caz­zulino said. “We are feel­ing very op­ti­mistic that Townsville has sup­ported this great event.”

The Townsville Cup day ticket in­cluded eight lo­cal races, an espresso mar­tini bar, a gar­den party, fash­ions on the field and a de­signer show­case.

Guests in­cluded Queens­land Pre­miere An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk, who spoke af­ter the Townsville Cup race had con­cluded.

Miss World Aus­tralia and the cur­rent face of Townsville rac­ing, Made­line Cowe, was one of the Fash­ions on the Field judges.

Lo­cal en­trant Kate­lyn Lucey said her favourite thing about the races was the fash­ion. “I just love fash­ion. It’s al­ways good to come out here and see all the dif­fer­ent things that are worn,” she said “I’ve had a great time. I love the races and I’ll def­i­nitely be back.”

Lady of Style win­ner Dimitty Baird, an­other lo­cal en­trant, said she loved the at­mos­phere of the event along with the fash­ion.

“I’ve been to the track a few times, but I’ve never en­tered Fash­ions on the Field,” she said. “It’s been amaz­ing and I’m prob­a­bly go­ing to be do­ing it again. Gen­eral ad­mis­sion has been great be­cause I’ve seen ev­ery­thing. It’s re­ally good be­ing out­side. You can see ev­ery­one and you get a great grasp of all the fash­ion.”

Brit­tney Tamou, wife of for­mer Cow­boys player James, was named Style Queen, tak­ing over from Made­line Cowe as the Face of Win­ter Rac­ing. Ms Tamou will rep­re­sent Townsville at the Mackay Beach Races Fash­ions on the Field com­pe­ti­tion, with the po­ten­tial to gain di­rect en­try to the Mel­bourne Cup Fash­ions on the Field com­pe­ti­tion if she wins.

She will also be the first of­fi­cial so­cial me­dia star for the Townsville Turf Club.

This year’s Cup win­ner was Chivadahlii from Rock­hamp­ton, trained by Jamie McConachy. MORE PHO­TOS: PAGE 12

Pic­tures: WES­LEY MONTS

WIN­NERS’ EN­CLO­SURE: Townsville Cup Fash­ions on the Field Lady of Style Dimitty Baird, judge and Miss World Aus­tralia 2016 Madeleine Cowe, Style Queen win­ner Brit­tany Tamou and Wild Card win­ner Kym­ber­lee Cock­rem.

Anna Har­vey.

Men’s win­ner Thomas Lord.

Sherie Di Bella.

Kate­lyn Lucey.

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