GRINNING WINNER: Killarney trainer Les Clarke with Andrea Frost after taking out the title of best dressed female on Saturday.
GRINNING WINNER: Killarney trainer Les Clarke with Andrea Frost after taking out the title of best dressed female on Saturday. Paige Ashby

GALLERY: Punters frock up for day at track

FROCKS and fascinators were the focus for many of the women at Saturday's Killarney Cup.

The men also joined in on the race day fashion, dressed in suits, hats and ties.

But, only a few could be crowned best dressed.

Veronica Banditt was in charge of picking the contestants for the best outfits on the day.

"We intend to have the whole family involved," Mrs Banditt said.

Brisbane Judges Glenda Bliss and Sherene Smith had the tough job of picking a winner for the five categories; junior best dressed boy, junior best dress girl, best dressed couple, best dressed female and best dressed male.

"It's not easy because they all look very good, but we go for their overall look," Mrs Smith said.

"We'd like to give it to them all."

Kirrilly Roach and Thomas Croft won best dressed for the junior categories.

Warwick couple Sharron and Gordon Cooper took out best-dressed couple and won an $80 cash prize.

The couple wore matching red and black outfits.

"It's good when they do stuff like that because so many people put in the effort.

"I always make sure he's a good foil for whatever I'm wearing," Mrs Cooper said.

Mr Cooper was also happy to receive the title.

"It was good to beat the young fellas from Killarney," he said.

Andrea Frost took out best-dressed female and picked up a $50 cash prize.

She wore a bright pink fascinator, light green cardigan and a floral skirt.

"I think everyone who entered looked nice.

"I was losing on the horses, so it was good," she said.

John Pichler won best dressed male for sporting a black outfit with a pink tie.

Juniors picked up a $10 cash prize, couples won $80 and the male and female categories won $50 each.

"They can spend it on their outfits for next time," Mrs Smith said.

Warwick Turf Club Secretary Kristen Doyle was happy with the number of patrons who attended the cup.

"We had 92 paying customers, which is great because that's excluding your jockeys, trainers, sponsors and members.

"Overall, we had 400 to 500 people turn up, which is pretty good for a winter race meeting," she said.

"There was a lot of groups, I met a group from the Sunny Coast, Toowoomba and we had a bucks do."

Mrs Doyle was in charge of making sure the day ran smoothly.

"I have a little run sheet and I'm very organised.

"It's mainly the committee of volunteers that do a lot of the hard work."

Mrs Doyle said the day wouldn't have been a success without the help of volunteers and sponsors

"I really enjoyed the fashion parade.

"I think it's good for the patrons to have something to look at between races."

The next race meeting will be the Jumpers and Jazz race day on July 25.



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