Pun­ters em­brace glitzy shindig

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS - RAPHAELLA SAROUKOS raphaella.saroukos@news.com.au

TER­RI­TO­RI­ANS en­joyed an evening of glitz and glam­our be­neath the stars on Satur­day at the Qan­tas Dar­win Turf Club Gala Ball.

More than 600 peo­ple got dolled up for the event on the Turf Club lawns, cel­e­brat­ing the beloved rac­ing car­ni­val which will cul­mi­nate on Mon­day at the Great North­ern Dar­win Cup Car­ni­val.

Cup Am­bas­sador Lily North was thrilled to see Ter­ri­to­ri­ans and south­ern guests sup­port the event.

“It’s ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic,” she said. “I think we’re so lucky to be in the Ter­ri­tory, even be­ing able to have a ball in the first place.

“I feel very hon­oured as the am­bas­sador this year to be the face of the Car­ni­val, and I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to Mon­day, which I’m sure the rest of the Ter­ri­tory is as well. I’m look­ing for­ward to be­ing on the track with ev­ery­one.”

Race­go­ers Alanna Op­per­mann and Bri­seis More said it was a priv­i­lege to be able to at­tend.

“We’ve put ev­ery­thing into this week­end,” Ms Op­per­mann said.

“I’m very ex­cited to be at the ball be­cause this is the pre­mier event for Dar­win,” Ms More said.

“And es­pe­cially now that we can’t fly any­where else for the time be­ing, or we can but it’s very lim­ited.”

Dar­win Turf Club chief ex­ec­u­tive Brad Mor­gan said the evening was a suc­cess, and added the re­cently de­clared hot spots in Queens­land would not af­fect the up­com­ing Dar­win Cup or Palmer­ston Sprint.

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