Cairns Amateurs Carnival Ladies Day pays homage to women in racing

AUSTRALIA’S only female race caller Victoria Shaw will broadcast a feature race of all-female jockeys at Cairns Amateurs Ladies Day, as the signature opening day program of the Far North’s most iconic racing carnival pays homage to women in racing.

Renowned as a celebration of all the fun and glamour of racing, Carlton Mid Cairns Amateurs Ladies Day program on Friday 1 September boasts a comprehensive seven-race program, with Ms Shaw to relate all the on-track action of the all-female jockey race, the Quicksilver QTIS added stakes Maiden 3yo Hcp 950m.

Away from the fillies, flamboyant fashion with a tropical twist takes centrefield at the highly anticipated QT Port Douglas Fashions on the Field (FOTF), where contestants don frocks both fabulous and frivolous as they vie for the day’s top sash of Open Ladies Day Champion and prize of two return flights to Singapore.

Fashions contestants styled to reflect the event’s theme, “Colours of the Reef”, have the chance to win an overnight stay for two at Green Island resort, including return transfers, accommodation in an island suite and buffet breakfast.

Completing the day’s visual feast, finalists from the Manhunt Australia male model search will strut their stuff on the FOTF catwalk, ahead of the national competition’s finals to be held at Gilligan’s nightclub in Cairns that night.

Race caller Victoria Shaw brings a wealth of experience at race tracks both in Australia and internationally as special guest at Cairns Amateurs in 2017.

She made headlines with her first international race broadcast in Warsaw, Poland in May, 2015, with Morocco’s first female jockey, Bochra Marmoul, fittingly taking the winner’s podium after the race.

She will broadcast a number of races on the Ladies Day program at Cairns.


The Ladies Day program concludes with the highly anticipated Cairns Amateurs Ball, the region’s pinnacle social event, which this year moves to an exciting new waterfront location along the city’s stunning Esplanade.

Cairns Amateurs CEO Graham Thornton said this year’s Ladies Day program would showcase the Carnival’s glamorous appeal while featuring an impressive schedule of racing fixtures, including the Reef Hotel Casino Governor’s Trophy.

“Ladies Day encapsulates the celebratory spirit that has become such a central part of Cairns Amateurs over the years,” Mr Thornton said.

“The atmosphere at Cannon Park is always electric as all the anticipation and excitement leading up the carnival spills over into a colourful showcase of racing and fashion on Ladies Day, which is the first day of racing for Amateurs.

“We are thrilled to present an even more impressive program in 2017, as we have added to the experience for our patrons this year with new marquees and our very exciting new waterfront venue on the beautiful Esplanade,” Mr Thornton said.

For the ultimate Ladies Day experience, the historic event offers guests a range of exclusive packages, including the Cairns Amateurs Fishbowl, featuring fine trackside dining from within an air-conditioned marquee, and the carnival’s newest experience, the Cairns Amateurs Birdcage, a premium marquee located centrefield.