Cairns Amateurs commenced its two day race meeting with a nod to the ladies who competed on the track in the Carnival’s first ever all-female jockey race and on the catwalk for the most fashionably dressed.
A partly cloudy sky and light breeze proved perfect Carnival conditions, welcoming racegoers who frocked up in a tropical brand of racing attire to immerse themselves in the Amateurs spirit.
The team from Tropic Spirit catering were kept very busy throughout the day, delivering icy cold beer and keeping flutes topped up as the champagne flowed and the finest seafood was enjoyed in the many and various themed events and corporate parties that included the new Fishbowl.
Special guests at today’s event included His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, who welcomed guests while the Premier of Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk and Treasurer Curtis Pitt enjoyed great views of the racing action from the Members’ Tropical Verandah along with North Queensland Cowboys captain, Johnathan Thurston.
The second race of the day made history with Quicksilver maiden handicap that marked the first all-female jockey race called by Australia’s only female race caller, Victoria Shaw.
The race comprised nine contenders including local jockeys Amanda Thomson and Emily Cass with Emma Ljung bringing home the winning horse, We’ll Beat It for trainer Ben Williams.
Over at the new Fashions on the Field area, a glamorous line up of contestants made their way onto the catwalk to impress this year’s judging panel with their mixture of springtime and Great Barrier Reef inspired looks.
This year’s carnival ambassador Angela Menz, along with charismatic media personality, Damien Anthony Rossi, Sydney milliner, Carole Maher and Ladies in Racing publisher, Cathryn Meredith, all thoroughly enjoyed their task today, deciding the winners of Gold Class, Open and Millinery categories while emcees Channel Seven’s Joanne Desmond and Melbourne milliner Kerrie Stanley kept onlookers informed and entertained.
In sashing the Open Ladies winner, Breanna de Maria from Townsville, Ms Menz said she was impressed with the entrant’s interpretation of this year’s reef theme that reflected the feel, theme and mood while not forgetting current trends in what was given her own “personal spin in a look that was also very elegant”.
Results of the QT Port Douglas Fashions on the Field
- Winner of Review Myer Gold Class Ladies Racewear – Di Stewart
- Winner of Laser Clinics Australia Cairns Central Open Ladies Racewear – Breanna De Maria
- Winner of Cairns Central and Forever New Millinery Award – Courtney Gonano
Results of the Cairns Amateurs Ladies Day Horse Racing Carnival
Race 1: Arno Bay (Trainer: Roy Chillemi; Jockey: Stephen Wilson)
Race 2: We’ll Beat It (Trainer: Ben Williams; Jockey: Emma Ljung)
Race 3: Craiglea Aldi (Trainer: Alwyn Bailey; Jockey: Wanderson D’Avila)
Race 4: We Just Love It (Trainer: Janel Ryan; Jockey: Robert Thompson)
Race 5: The Bee’s Knees (Trainer: Scott Cooper; Jockey: Wanderson D’Avila)
Race 6: Rylee’s Saga (Trainer: Alwyn Bailey; Jockey: Corey Bayliss)
While racegoers have now left the track until 11am tomorrow, the party continues into the late hours of tonight with revellers swapping racewear for black tie formal at this year’s ANZ Cairns Amateurs Ball now underway at the new waterfront marquee on the Eastern Events Lawn.
Cairns Amateurs CEO, Graham Thornton said he was looking forward to tonight’s event.
“This is a real kick-up-your-heels night that we love putting on for our patrons while the whole community can get into the spirit with what will be a spectacular fireworks display,” Mr Thornton said.