Fashion stakes high at Trentham
An Island Bay couple has reigned supreme at the Wellington Cup’s Fashion in the Field.
Lynne Rait took out Classic Lady of the Carnival and Supreme Winner for her pale pink dress, hat and jacket which she designed and made herself.
Her partner of 24 years, John Morrow, took out Best Dressed Man Of the Carnival for his tartan Barkers suit.
Morrow said he was ‘‘over the moon’’ about Rait’s win and he thought she was definitely the favourite for her top to toe caramel and pink outfit.
Of her outfit, Rait said: ‘‘When I was a little girl I wanted to be a princess but now I’m almost 70 and I’m a fairy godmother.’’
As for Morrow, he was wearing an Addington suit inspired by Rait’s family tartan - the Black Watch tartan.
Contemporary Lady of the Carnival went to Claudia Campbell of Cambridge for her seagull inspired outfit.
Maiden of the Carnival went to Beverley Robinson of Lower Hutt for her bird-inspired Ted Baker dress and feather caplet.
The couple win a trip for two to Victoria Racing Club’s Crown Oaks race day, including three nights at Rydges Melbourne, as well as entry into the Prix de Fashion Finals at Ellerslie, in Auckland.
Prizes were courtesy of Rydges, and Williment Sports Travel.
Just over 10,000 people turned out for the Wellington Cup, the mood was relaxed, as people streamed in throughout the day.
The weather held out until just after 4pm when rain began to fall, making the Wellington Cup race at 4.56 a wet affair.
Some punters were unfazed by the onset of bad weather.
‘‘Bugger the rain,’’ Chris Ryan said. He was at his first Wellington Cup and was in the country visiting relatives.
Ryan, a greyhound racer and former horse racer, bet on Sly Romance to win the Wellington Cup. Savaria took out the Wellington Cup and $250,000 prize money.
Penina Drysdale and her friends, all from Lower Hutt, made a last-minute decision to come to the cup at 2pm.
‘‘It was kind of unplanned,’’ she said. ‘‘It’s nice to have a local place where you can actually dress up.’’
Fashion section winners, from left, John Morrow (Man of the carnival), Lynne Rait (Classic and Supreme winner), Claudia Cambell (Contemporary) and Beverley Robinson (Maiden).
Tim Campbell, Upper Hutt, takes part in the men’s section of the fashion carnival.