All things not equal in the fash­ion stakes

Sunday Star-Times - - NEWS - Mad­di­son North­cott

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.

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