Golden style

The Tribune (NZ) - - FRONT PAGE - NI­CHOLAS MCBRIDE

It wasn’t all about the horses as cat­walk poise and power chords jock­eyed for pun­ters’ at­ten­tion.

Horses hit the track for the Awa­puni race day in Palmer­ston North on Satur­day, which marked the course’s second meet­ing of the year.

Amend­ments were made to the track af­ter the an­nual Box­ing Day races, which at­tracts about 6000 peo­ple each year, had to be shifted to Otaki due to is­sues with the con­di­tion of the sur­face.

The Sires was the fi­nal event in the Gold Cup Fes­ti­val and Awa­puni Race­course gen­eral man­ager Kim Tre­week said it had been a good day.

He es­ti­mated be­tween 3000 to 4000 peo­ple at­tended dur­ing the day, with many stick­ing around to see The Feel­ers per­form later in the evening.

Tre­week did not have fi­nal turnover fig­ures but said it had gone well.

Pun­ters also en­joyed the other entertainment on of­fer, in­clud­ing the fash­ion in the field com­pe­ti­tion.

Deb Won­no­cott said she was just as in­ter­ested in the fash­ion in the field as she was in the horses.

‘‘It has been a great day, the fun, the fash­ion.’’

Though she didn’t take to the cat­walk her­self, she was dressed for the oc­ca­sion with a fas­ci­na­tor bor­rowed from her mother.

Tina de Bes was an­other who had a fas­ci­na­tion in the fash­ion. She even made her en­tire out­fit the day be­fore, tak­ing about eight hours to pre­pare it from scratch.

de Bes was happy to be wear­ing an orig­i­nal dress and said it meant there was no worry about some­one wear­ing the same out­fit as her.

‘‘That’s why I have al­ways made my own clothes.’’

She said the key to a good fas­ci­na­tor was one that fit with the dress

‘‘It has to work with the look of the gar­ment, and it has to stay on your head in all con­di­tions.’’

Ge­or­gia Berg­er­son was the supreme over­all win­ner of fash­ion in the field, with Michelle Feld­berg as run­ner up.

Brad Ritchie brought his sons, Olly, 7, and Seth, 4, along to en­joy the day.

Ritchie said it was good to back at Awa­puni af­ter the Box­ing Day races were moved.

‘‘It is re­ally good, there is some­thing for ev­ery­one.’’

He said it was a great day out for the fam­ily and there was plenty to keep the chil­dren en­ter­tained.

The win­ner of the main race, the Manawatu Sires Pro­duce Stakes, was Melody Belle, rid­den by Michael McNabb.

PHOTO: WAR­WICK SMITH/FAIRFAX NZ

Olivia McCabe on the cat­walk in the Un­der 25s Fash­ion in the Field pa­rade.

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