Fash­ion in the field

Matamata Chronicle - - Matamata Breeders’ Stakes - PET­RICE TAR­RANT

It’s a tra­di­tion that has ladies and gents alike search­ing wardrobes for their best and 2016 will be no dif­fer­ent.

Fash­ion in the Field will be run­ning in full force this week­end at the J.Swap Con­trac­tors Ltd Mata­mata Breed­ers’ Stakes Day, an iconic one on the Mata­mata cal­en­dar and spon­sor­ship and mar­ket­ing co-or­di­na­tor Jaye Clark says she is ex­cited about the en­tries to come.

The event, that has been run­ning on the race day since 2001, has pro­duced win­ners that have gone on to win Auck­land and even Mel­bourne Fash­ion in the Field com­pe­ti­tions.

‘‘We get some top, top level en­tries.

‘‘Over the past four years the win­ner has been a fi­nal­ist in the Auck­land Prix de Fash­ion, if not won it.’’

She says it can get very com­pet­i­tive, and this year’s two cat­e­gories will only fire that more.

En­trants can ei­ther en­ter the En­Vis­age Race­day El­e­gance cat­e­gory, for both ladies and gents, which is for time­less, el­e­gant, so­phis­ti­cated, co­or­di­nated, smart and taste­ful dress, Clark says.

Al­ter­na­tively, those in­spired by a lit­tle more panache can en­ter the RV Room Avante Garde cat­e­gory. This too is for ladies and gents, but caters for the ul­tra cre­ative minds, Clark says.

She says it is for eye­catch­ing out­fits that stand­out from the crowd, ones with unique flair that just make the judge ‘‘love you’’.

The three fi­nal­ists from both cat­e­gories will go in the run­ning to win the Supreme Award which will win $1000 Tus­cany Road vouch­ers as well as gain au­to­matic en­try into Prix de Fash­ion at Eller­slie on Satur­day March 12.

Clark says peo­ple can en­ter on­line or on course from 11-12 noon, and with $8000 in prizes up for grabs why wouldn’t you?

She says she brought it back to life 15 years ago be­cause she thought the hun­dreds of well-dressed pun­ters de­served some recog­ni­tion.

‘‘It’s our iconic race day and I just be­lieve it’s a part of rac­ing...where ev­ery­one can get their glad rags on and en­joy it....There’s so many well-dressed peo­ple.’’

Prizes to the value of $12,000 will be up for grabs and the first 20 to en­ter will re­ceive a goody bag val­ued at $300.

Last year’s Fash­ion in the Field win­ners were an im­pres­sive site.

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