While a few brief showers were in the air over Cannon Park today the rain didn’t materialise and nothing could put a dampener on proceedings at the Carlton Mid Cairns Amateurs Carnival Ladies Day. For the most part, blue sky and sunshine prevailed, welcoming racegoers who immersed themselves in the festive spirit of the first in a two-day racing program.
The people poured through the gate and some even touched down in helicopters at opening time before quickly taking their places in the corporate marquees and trackside for an excellent day of competition and social networking.
As tradition dictates, there was a corporate flavour to today’s race meet with the two storey Carlton 1500 Club providing a very luxurious base for some 300 NAB executives. Special guests at today’s event included His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, who welcomed guests and also the arrival of 12 postie bike riders who this afternoon finished their 4,800 km ride up the east coast of Australia as an awareness booster and fundraiser for prostate cancer.
According to Melbourne milliner and guest judge, Kim Fletcher, (along with ambassador, Jo McKinnon, publisher Cathryn Meredith from Ladies in Racing, Melbourne fashionista Angela Menz, Dagmar Yeaman from Anthea Crawford and fashions on the field winner for the past two year’s running, Stacie Galeano), today’s competition fielding entries was extremely strong with the winners of both categories a ‘stand out’.
Adding to the endorsements is one from Cairns Amateurs ambassador Jo McKinnon. “Ladies Day is so much fun and a sea of stunning colour. The fashions are fantastic and full credit must go to all the girls who make such an effort to present themselves and make the day into a special occasion.”
Results of the QT Port Douglas Fashions on the Field
- Winner of Gold Class – Jenny Bombardieri wearing Alice McCall and her own millinery
- Winner of Open Ladies – Gracyn Masterton wearing Sonlia millinery and dress
- Winner of Millinery Award – Breanna De Maria
Meanwhile, on the track, there were cheers from the crowd with the running of each race.
Results of the Cairns Amateurs Ladies Day Horse Racing Carnival
Race 1 – UNDERWOOD Maiden Plate (1250 METRES)
- Sheer Persistence – trainer Janel Ryan – jockey Robert Thompson
Race 2 – YELLOWGLEN Fillies & Mares Class 2 Handicap (950 METRES)
- Effigy Bell – trainer Trevor Rowe – jockey Chelsea Jokic
Race 3 – GREEN ISLAND RESORT QTIS Three-Years-Old Maiden Handicap (950 METRES)
- Rouge Lass – trainer John Manzelmann – jockey Robert Thompson
Race 4 – CARLTON MID OPEN Handicap (950 METRES)
- Sporting Page – trainer Olivia Cairns – jockey Justin Stanley
Race 5 – THE REEF HOTEL CASINO GOVERNOR’S TROPHY BenchMark 70 Handicap (1600 METRES)
1.Rochallor– trainer Alby Molino – jockey Lee Attard
Race 6 ALSCO Class 1 Handicap (1250 METRES)
- Hitch ‘Em Up – trainer Stephen Massingham – jockey Robert Thompson
Race 7 – CAIRNS KEY REAL ESTATE Class 3 Handicap (1400 METRES)
- Great Pretender – trainer Trevor Rowe – jockey Peter Cullen
While racegoers have now left the track until 11am tomorrow, the party continues into the late hours of tonight with this year’s ANZ Cairns Amateurs Ball in Shed 2 of Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal currently underway. With approximately 600 people expected for the black tie affair, the highlight of this evening will no doubt be the headline entertainment, Koi Boys.
Cairns Amateurs CEO, Graham Thornton said he was looking forward to tonight’s event. “Patrons will dance, converse, dine and socialise the night away – enjoying the tradition of Amateurs’ black tie ball in the glamorous surroundings of the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal that will culminate in a spectacular fireworks display.”