Golden day of fashion, racing

Black and gold ruled the racetrack yesterday for the Westlawn Finance race day, with more than 4000 people showing up for the first day of July Racing Carnival.

Westlawn co-ordinator Helen Commerford said there was a great atmosphere and she was very pleased with the turn-out, particularly with the large number of people wearing Westlawn colours.

"It's amazing how far the day has progressed. It started off as a minor event 20 years ago and now it's really big," she said.

"The turn-out was a bit higher than last year, and a lot of people came dressed in black and gold even if they didn't enter the competition, so that was really good to see."

The black and gold theme has been going less than 10 years, so it was great people were getting into the spirit of the day, she said.

"It really means a lot for us to have people come dressed like that and to go to all that trouble."

Mrs Commerford said it was also good to see more families bringing children and elderly relatives to the racetrack.

It was important for Westlawn to cater for the whole family, including children, she said, because it was less crowded than other race days so it appealed to families put off by larger crowds.

Fashion on the Field finalist Tamasin Burch said the day was different to other racing events, but just as good.

"I come to the races every year in my holidays, but I don't usually make it to Westlawn Cup Day. I really like it," she said.

"It's very friendly; all the days are social, but this one is more intimate."

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