Just like the champagne flutes, the picturesque Broome race grounds were full to overflowing this afternoon with thousands of very happy – and well-dressed race-goers.
The fashion stakes were high throughout the grounds, but undoubtedly the place to be – and be seen, was in the Linneys music-themed marquee, where the bold and beautiful congregated around a gleaming grand piano. Under a huge, crystal chandelier, classic race wear ruled the day, although there were also quite a few flowing maxi dresses in vibrant and blooming citrus colours.
Broome local Min Dredge won Linneys Fashions on the Field with a geometric print dress by Country Road. Her shoes were also by Country Road, her headpiece by Christi Incerti and pearls by Linneys.
Broome Turf Club president Ron Johnston said it was evident the younger generations of Broome had endorsed Broome racing, and that their demeanour, dress and social respect was a credit to them and to Broome.
“It’s Melbourne Cup standard here in Broome,” he said.
“We are proud of the way Broome and all our visitors here have dressed up to enjoy the pindan atmosphere, a bet and a few drinks.”
Mr Johnston said there had been something for everyone to enjoy, with a number of sponsors’ tents with live entertainment, fashion showcases by Perth Fashion Week, Linneys’ Fashions on the Field, dancing performances, and of course, races including the $100,000 Broome Cup and a $40,000 sprint.
“We are on a peninsula with a beautiful ocean either side, among a great crowd who are all enjoying the fun, the sun and racing action – how could you not be happy at the Broome races?”
Especially happy were those who picked a winner. Broome jockey Colin Haddon rode the Marseillaise to victory in the Broome Cup. Prepared by top horseman Tom Pike, the son of Lonhro had been the dominant favourite for the race until running fifth in the Kimberley Cup earlier this month, but came out in front – lucky for some.
Lindsay Youd of Perth had a win with Marseillaise and said it topped off what had been a brilliant day of racing.
“I never thought I’d pick a winner but that was fantastic,” he beamed.
“It’s electric here today – there’s so much buzz, everyone has a smile on their face.“The Broome Cup is a great event for Broome, the Kimberley and everyone who travels here to be part of it.”