Top fashion on race day

St Patrick’s Race Club’s Fashion of the Field 2022 winners. PICTURE: TIM GIMBERT IMAGES

Colour, flair and variety were yet again present at this year’s Fashion of the Fields at the St Pat’s race meeting.

The event on the weekend brought another unique look with racegoers dressed to impress, with some taking home honours.

Most Stylish Lady winner, Joanna Gall, said she was grateful to be chosen over many other stylish contestants.

“Considering it was an open category, it was probably a bit surprising to win,” she said.

“I thought they (judges) would have gone with the younger ones who have the more attractive type of outfits.”

Mrs Gall has won a few times and explained her winning pink outfit is an occasional go-to colour.

She loves going to the races and uses the event as an opportunity to dress up.

“We are on a station and we are always in jeans and shorts all the time so I just love dressing up,” Mrs Gall said. “It’s not about winning. It’s about having a go.”

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The competition was staged under the Mick Robins Stand and was judged by Karen Kennedy, Samantha Costello and Arron Hollands.

First time Colleen of the Course winner, Amelia Bruggy, also didn’t expect to win and said wearing green was the right choice.

“I wasn’t even going to go into the event,” she said. “I like the bright colours and St Pat’s is green so why not.”

She enjoyed the occasion and was delighted to see locals and visitors attend the event.

“It’s such a good country race here – it’s great,” Ms Bruggy said. “Everyone’s coming from out of town and stations so it’s really good.”

Adelaide man Iman Ghaffari managed to outdo his competition and will return to his hometown with this year’s Paddy of the Course.

“I decided to enter last night when I found out,” he said. “It was a pretty great surprise.”

He admitted that his decision to enter was last minute and can now use the green winner’s sash to remember his first time at the meeting.

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The children also got involved with youngsters looking dapper and elegant on the day. Junior Paddy went to Jeffrey Smith and Junior Colleen was Amber Welsh.

This year’s Miss Teenager was Emily Scott who said it was a “really good” feeling to win.

Her black and white outfit with matching hat proved to be the unanimous favourite from the judging panel.

Ms Scott was also pleased that there was a large crowd to support the event last weekend.

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