Wangaratta Chronicle - - Front Page - BY LEAH AN­DER­SON-BYRNE LAn­der­son­Byrne@ne­me­

BADLY needed rain, al­beit in­ter­mit­tent, wasn’t ideal con­di­tions for yes­ter­day’s Wan­garatta Mel­bourne Cup Day races, but the es­ti­mated 2500 race­go­ers still had a great day out, in­clud­ing (from left) Amanda Austin, Carol Perks, Wendy Bell and Joy Johns, who loved the new grand­stand and func­tion cen­tre.

DE­SPITE some down­cast weather, the mood of the crowd was just the op­po­site at the Wan­garatta Race­course yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Brightly coloured dresses and suits had no com­pe­ti­tion with the sun, which was hid­den be­hind clouds for most of the day, and on­look­ers cheered on the horses as they thun­dered around the track.

One fam­ily, who were back for an­other year of many, were en­joy- ing the com­pany of friends and ap­pre­ci­at­ing the fash­ion on the field com­peti­tors.

“Pretty much our en­tire fam­ily have come to the races ev­ery year since my el­dest daugh­ter Is­abelle was born,” Fiona Wor­boys said.

“She’s been com­ing since she was 2 months old, and her younger sis­ter Beth fol­lowed.

“It’s just a re­ally nice so­cial event and catch up with friends, and we’re mem­bers so it’s worth com­ing to.”

Ex­trav­a­gantly dressed “Wingnut” and his close friend Me­gan Hard­ing were also en­joy­ing a pleas­ant day at the new fa­cil­i­ties.

“I love the races but I don’t come ev­ery year as I work away from home a lot,” Wingnut said.

“My ev­ery­day wear is quite ex­trav­a­gant and to put it sim­ply, my tamest suit is a grey and white pin­stripe suit.

“I don’t care much about fash­ions on the field as I don’t do it for any­one else ex­cept me, but I did bet a lit­tle to­day on lo­cal horses.

“We like the new fa­cil­i­ties and Me­gan’s dad was one of the builders so it’s been great to see the progress and fin­ished prod­uct.

“It’s been a great day as al­ways.”

PHOTO: Mel Guy

PHO­TOS: Mel Guy

TRIPLE THREAT: Win­ners of the Lady of the Day cat­e­gory; Laura Tucker in third place (left), Mol­lie O’Hal­lo­ran in sec­ond place (right) and first place (mid­dle) Leah Alexan­der.

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