Wangaratta Chronicle - - Front Page - By FREYJA POSTLETH­WAITE

FRIENDS (from left) Sha­ree Asquith, Joy Johns and Wendy Bell were among about 100 ladies en­joy­ing an Oaks Day ladies lun­cheon at the Wan­garatta Turf Club yes­ter­day.

Of par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est was race four at Flem­ing­ton, where Wan­garatta trainer John Ledger had his starter Frankly Har­vey race.

Ladies en­joyed watch­ing the races and fash­ions from Flem­ing­ton on the big screen while be­ing treated to lo­cal food, wine and en­ter­tain­ment.

THE lack of horses at the Wan­garatta Turf Club yes­ter­day was no prob­lem for race­go­ers at the Oaks Day Ladies Lun­cheon.

In­stead, fash­ion and gourmet lo­cal food from Sam Mi­randa were high­lights for about 100 women at­tend­ing the event.

It was clear from the sea of colour and deca­dent fas­ci­na­tors that many had dressed to im­press.

Wan­garatta busi­nesses do­nated presents to be raf­fled off as part of a fundraiser for Love Your Sis­ter, a charity or­gan­i­sa­tion founded by Connie and Sam John­son to sup­port can­cer re­search.

About $2000 was raised by ladies pur­chas­ing $1 raf­fle tick­ets on the day.

The ladies could watch Flem­ing­ton fash­ions and races on the big screen and were treated to live mu­sic from Wan­garatta duo Scott Solimo and Amanda Bax­ter.

One at­tendee, Glo­ria Clewer, had won $100 from the Wan­garatta Chron­i­cle’s cup sweep and was hope­ful her win­nings would con­tinue.

“To­day has been re­ally good, I found out I won $100 on a cup sweep,” she said.

“I haven’t won any­thing else to­day but I’m work­ing on it.

“I have been com­ing ev­ery year since the Oaks Day Ladies Lun­cheons started.”

Another at­tendee, Kylie Coatsworth, agreed that the day was a lot of fun and had even booked a ta­ble with friends and fam­ily each year.

“It’s been won­der­ful, we have had lots of fun to­day,” she said.

The fun-fever had even spread to a group of North­east Health Wan­garatta nurses, who were util­is­ing their day off to at­tend the lun­cheon for the first time.

Nurse Bree McClen said they would con­sider mak­ing it an an­nual event af­ter hav­ing so much fun, with friend Lyn Malone win­ning money.

“We’re here for a bit of fun for once,” Ms McClen laughed.

“This is our first time com­ing but we might come ev­ery year from now on.”

Wan­garatta Turf Club sales and events man­ager, Na­dine Roach, was pleased to see such a high num­ber of women en­joy­ing them­selves at the lun­cheon.

“We’ve had a great day, it’s such a fun day for the ladies,” she said.

PHOTO: Emma Hil­lier

FUN-CHEON: North­east Health Wan­garatta nurses (from left) Heather Greaves, An­drea Ho­gan, Bree McClen, Paula Henry and Lyn Malone were ex­cited to have a bit of fun on their day off.

PHO­TOS: Emma Hil­lier

FAS­CI­NAT­ING: Alissa Rhodes and Kylie Coatsworth were pleased to spend Oaks Day with their friends and fam­ily.

BACK AGAIN: Oaks Day lun­cheon fre­quent at­ten­dees Liz Cass­ing­ham and Glo­ria Clewer were hope­ful they could take home some win­nings.

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