Fashion, fun are big Cup winners
THERE were men in suits and women frocked up, workmen in boots and ladies in tracksuit pants – the Ballina Cup race day attracts all comers.
More than 3000 people poured into the Ballina Jockey Club for the annual event and they were rewarded with a local victory in the main race, with Lennox Head owner Graeme Barnes taking the win with his locally-bred gelding, Ausworld.
But for those with little interest in the actual racing there was plenty to keep them occupied.
There was the traditional Fashions on the Field, a somewhat out of place bikini fashion show in the horse enclosure, and a rousing rendition of the national anthem by Sammy-Jo Coleman, the daughter of champion Northern Rivers jockey Darren Coleman, not to mention plenty of food and drink.
Ballina's Renaee Kerr won the Fashions on the Field wearing a white dress with black polka dots and a black pillbox hat.
“I've had the dress for a while and I thought I'd give it a go today,” she said.
“I was just in it for a bit of fun. I didn't expect to win, so I'm very surprised.”
Meanwhile, Ballina Jockey Club secretary-manager Sarah Wills praised patrons for their good behaviour.
“I think we had just over 3000 people, which is a little down on the 3700 we had last year,” she said.
“The day ran smoothly, we had fine weather and a good track. There has been no problems, everything has run well.
“So many people work hard for this day, including the staff and the directors of the club, so it's good to see it go well.”