STILL GREAT DAY AT RACES
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.”
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.