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