The Dubbo Turf Club is shaking things up this year with a whole new look at Fashions on the Field.
Every year the Fashions on the Field had been exactly the same, Dubbo Turf Club board member Mat Smith said. However, starting on Sunday at the Country Championships, Fashions on the Field will be run a little differently.
Entrants in the Fashions will a point for taking part and additional points for getting a place. The points will accumulate with the top 20 getting invited to Melbourne Cup day for a special Fashions on the Field for a chance to win a major prize.
The winning lady will win a custom-designed diamond ring from Whitneys Jewellers donated from the jewellers and Landmark Harcourts Real Estate, Mr Smith said, while the winning man will receive a $500 voucher to RM Williams.
“We understand some of the ladies aren’t always there for the races and this is something they can get excited about,” he said.
We understand some of the ladies aren’t always there for the races and this is something they can get excited about.Mat Smith
The points will be accumulated at six Dubbo race meets, as well as the Dandy Cup in Narromine, the Coonamble Cup and the Bourke races. Due to the distance, the Bourke winner will automatically go into the finals on Melbourne Cup day.
As well as the major overall prizes, there will also be prizes at each of the race meets.
“We just wanted to do something new to be honest. We thought, let’s see if we can get a couple of sponsors to get on board and do something really great,” Mr Smith said.
The public would also have input into the design of the ring, he said. Rather than a diamond ring, Mr Smith said the consensus might be to have an emerald or a sapphire.
There were more turfs clubs that wanted to get involved but this year they were turned down, Mr Smith said. He said next year he hoped to open the competition up to more towns and make it bigger.
While the Country Championships will be the first in the series, Mr Smith said participants can enter the competition at any stage.
Fashions on the Field will have different themes at different events, such as ‘a touch of metallic’ or the ‘60s.
More information about the changes to Fashions on the Field can be found on Dubbo Turf Club website.