Saturday’s Girls Day Out race meeting was spectacular for Shaun Guymer, who started his career as a jockey in Goulburn. In front of his fiance Emma Walsh, the racing manager for John O’Shea Racing, he rode a fast finishing, Race 7 win on Dawn Raid. Earlier on, he brought home Stroke of Eight in Race 2 and Broadlea in Race 3, both in second place.
It was a great day for racing, with the track rated as “good” and even though there were relatively small race fields there were plenty of people trying their luck to pick a winner.
Girls Day Out is perhaps the biggest social day on Goulburn’s spring racing carnival and there was plenty of interest too in the Fashions on the Field contests sponsored by NJB Racing.
Goulburn trainer Natasha”Tash” Burleigh dressed for the occasion but still had to maintain her duties in the mounting ring.
She had to help steady her runner in Race 4, the Divalls Earthmoving Benchmark 55 Handicap over 1600m so jockey Richard Bensley could mount up. Burleigh found running beside the horse in stiletto heels was not easy.
Fireman Sam I Am ran third behind First Courier in first and Our Tax Return in second.
“Heels are not the best in the mounting yard,” she said with a smile.
Later in the day Burleigh presented the winners prize for the newest category in the fashions stakes, for Best Heels. Winner of this category was Lana Walsh from Windellama.
The fashions were as hotly contested as the racing but it was Isabella Gagin who stole the show in the under 18s section with a pretty black dress and red hat. Runner-up was Blake Robertson from Taralga.
Judging the competition were Kerry Chalker from Look Good Feel Better, milliner Kerry McGlone and race club director Kathryn Pengilley. The fashions compere was Sharon Lenton.
Best Dressed Gent was Daniel Troy from Goulburn. Winner of the racegoer tragic section was Tom Jones from Manly.
Best Dressed Local Lady Racegoer went to Cobie Sheehan, with Serena Burgess picking up the runner-up prize. The millinery award for best hat or other head piece was awarded to Emma Wells from Young.
Winner of the Best Dressed Lady Racegoer was Sally Martin a regular racegoer at Goulburn’s spring racing special event days with Rocheen Booth picking up the runner up prize. Photos from Girls Day Out page 9.