Fash­ion stakes high at Tren­tham

Upper Hutt Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - LUCY SWINNEN

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.

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