All things not equal in the fashion stakes
The prizes at this week’s Cup and Show week in Christchurch in the battle of the sexes, illustrates sometimes the female comes out on top.
If you are best dressed woman, you can soak up the rays on a beach on a beach on Hawaii’s Waikiki, if you are the male counterpart, it’s off to the Sunshine Coast for you.
The prizes in Westfield Riccarton Style Stakes have raised the eyebrows of a male competitor, who thinks it is unfair.
Apart from the flights, the man also gets seven nights accommodation in Mooloolaba, and more than $3000 worth of other gifts, while the women’s $5000 prize pool includes a diamond ring and beauty prize pack – no mention of accommodation. Both take home a $1000 Westfield voucher, watch, casino voucher, and champagne.
One of racing’s most suave men, Michael McAlpine, felt the prizes should be shared equally between the men and women. McAlpine has won numerous fashion titles, each time spending about two hours crafting the look. He thought it was unfair that men took home a lesser prize.
According to the guidelines, race wear style should be elegant, sophisticated and, apparently most importantly, day wear. Women must wear a headpiece, men must don a suit, tie and hat.
Serial race-goer and fashionista Katie Flett won the Best Dressed Lady title in 2016. On race day she usually gets up super early to give herself time to perfect her hair, make-up, nails, tan and outfit. She said over the years she had heard of some ‘‘very generous’’ prizes including cars, shopping sprees, holidays but most were not split equally.
‘‘If there were equal you might get a few more [men] entering as a prize makes it a bit more worth it.’’
Event organisers did not comment after being made aware of it five days before publication.