Article by – Damien Anthony Rossi ‘Brisbane Racing Club’s Fashion Ambassador

The 2018 Channel 7 Brisbane  Racing Carnival continued its run of idyllic weather for its second feature race day, the Hardy Brothers Doomben Cup Day.

A spirited 5000-plus crowd fronted up in their racing finery intent on fully enjoying a day at the races.

With as much action happening off track as on, there was no shortage of familiar faces swanning around Doomben. Special race day guests Bachelor in Paradise favourites Tara Pavlovi and finance Sam Cochrane proved especially popular with reality TV star- struck punters, tirelessly posing for one selfie after the next.

The Birdcage, with its lavish trackside hospitality, was the day’s hottest ticket, drawing a bevy of big names including Broncos players Darius Boyd and Jack Bird, Nova brekky boys Kip Wightman and David “Luttsy” Lutteral, former Miss World Australia Tess Alexander and Carnival Ambassador Kendall Gilding and husband Tim Morgan.

The Queens Plaza Fashions on the Field competition delivered an impressive and diverse array of racing fashion. Entrants adhering to the day’s “Fashion Forward” dress theme, which encouraged pushing the boundaries of traditional racewear, paraded for judges including blogger/influencer Kayla Boyd, Brisbane’s Queen of Hats, Dale Olsson, stylist Sarah Elizabeth Turner and myself.

Reflection of the global women’s empowerment movement, it was a sky-blue Rebecca Valance pants suit with a wide brimmed fedora that won top prize for Sydney’s Kelli Odell. Broadbeach’s Steven Dimech took out the men’s contest, with Parkwood’s Vlad and Kate Lukashov winning Best Dressed Couple.

After the final race, Shannon Noll hit the stage for a boisterous crowd. The Carnival continues on Saturday 26th, with the Treasury Brisbane Ladies’ Oaks Day featuring guest band Sheppard.


Article by – Damien Anthony Rossi ‘Brisbane Racing Club’s Fashion Ambassador

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