Girls’ Day at the gallops 

FASHION and men in undies and bow ties were the order of the day at the Goulburn Racecourse on Saturday for the second annual Girls Day Out. 

The colour and spectacle was matched not only by the racing, but also by the Fashions on the Field, with many ladies donning their best colour for the day. 

The blokes didn’t do too badly either, with Paul Falk by far the best with his rainbow themed suit! Some things are probably best forgotten too, with some shenanigans being relegated to the ‘Did We Do That?’ file, to use the immortal words of one Mr L. Bottrell.

Goulburn and District Race Club told the Post that the day went well overall, with the all important Equmen Gift managing to raise approximately $3000 for breast cancer awareness and research.

It also provided some eye-candy for the ladies, who all got into the spirit by backing their favourite hunk.

Tom Chapman blitzed the field for the second year in a row.

Victorian horse Pillow Talk, trained by G.H Walter won Race 1, the 1300m Maiden class, with good odds of $2.50, with prize money of $15,000 up for grabs for the lucky winner.

In the all-important Equmen Benchmark 60 handicap, the John Marzol trained ‘Grey Drama’ ridden by jockey James Geppert romped in first over 1000m, at odds of $3.25. Marzol can now add another $8,200 to the coffers, after paying $10,000 for Grey Drama, with returns of $48,950 so far. The gelding hadn’t raced since June 20 after finishing 13th to Melburg over the 900m at Newcastle.

The Fashions on the Field also attracted some interest from the ladies and gentlemen alike, with shouts of acclamation to the eventual winners.

The ‘Best Dressed Young Lady’ award went to local girl Jemma Welsh-Robertson, and ‘Best Dressed Young Man’ went to Tim Reid.

‘Best Dressed Mature Woman’ went to Kerry McGlone, proving that fashion sense runs in the family, after her daughter Brittany blitzed the field last year.

‘Best Dressed Mature Man’ went to local Lieder Theatre actor Ryan Paranthoiene, who wowed the judges with his matching suit and gangster style hat.

Micah Hobbs and Georgia Teague took out the ‘Best Dressed Couple’ award. There was also a chance for both young and old alike to test their dancing performance, too, with the ‘Gangnam Style’ event proving a hit with everybody, so much so, that it was done twice! Some young men and ladies and also children received loud appreciation from the crowd, and also may have embarrassed themselves a little with their slightly quirky moves! Little Jonah Alaia proved the winner in the end, competing with his brothers Isaac and Ethan.

The next big event on the Goulburn Racing Club calendar will be the Park St Sydney TAB Goulburn City Cup on November 25.

Admission for adults is $11, with concessions at $5.50, and kids under school age free.

Gates open from 11am, with buses departing from the Workers Club from 11.30am, with the last bus returning at 6.30pm.

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