Race day fans brave heat to put fashionable foot forward

Fashions on the Field at the Gladstone Turf Club, Ferguson Park Surf to the Turf Family Race Day. Winners, (back left) Kim Maclean (second ladies), Mel Raeburn, (third ladies) Tim Swift, (first men), Jackson Reading, (second men), Erin Clark, (best fascinator), Georgia Hamilton, (first ladies), front, Cooper Burrows, 5, (third men).
Fashions on the Field at the Gladstone Turf Club, Ferguson Park Surf to the Turf Family Race Day. Winners, (back left) Kim Maclean (second ladies), Mel Raeburn, (third ladies) Tim Swift, (first men), Jackson Reading, (second men), Erin Clark, (best fascinator), Georgia Hamilton, (first ladies), front, Cooper Burrows, 5, (third men). Brenda Strong

ALTHOUGH the hot weather kept more than a few away from Saturday's race day, those who were there had an absolute ball.

The fillies were doing their thing on the track, but that was only half the attraction of race day as Fashions on the Field kept the crowd entertained.

Fascinators were in with summery, bright dresses the order of the day.

Erin Clark won the best fascinator of the day crown, for an eye-catching number.

Georgia Hamilton walked away with the top prize in the overall ladies competition, followed by  Kim Maclean in second and Mel Raeburn in third.

Ms Hamilton sourced her enchanting Cameo top from local store Saltt Clothing and her complementing fascinator from Coopers in Rockhampton.

She's a regular at the Gladstone races, enjoying the opportunity to dress up.

Ms Hamilton plans on using her prize of two gold room tickets to the cinema to watch the flick "Are We Officially Dating?" with her best friend. She was also awarded a $100 fuel voucher.

Tim Swift's dapper outfit landed him first place in the men's fashion competition, with Jackson Reading placing second and five-year-old Cooper Burrows coming in third.

Fashions on the Field at the Gladstone Turf Club, Ferguson Park Surf to the Turf Family Race Day. Erin Clark, best fascinator winner.
Fashions on the Field at the Gladstone Turf Club, Ferguson Park Surf to the Turf Family Race Day. Erin Clark, best fascinator winner. Brenda Strong

Reports abound of mixed fortunes with the bookies, which meant more than a few drowned their sorrows or celebrated their win in much the same fashion.

But win, lose, or draw it was a merry time for all with the horses often playing second fiddle to the lively banter around the traps.

Meanwhile on the track, the big winner was Rockhampton trainer Darryl Johnson with his new stable acquisition Kamboja, which won the Open Handicap, winning by half-a-head from Dinero Rapido.