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Toodyay Wildcard Takes Out State Wide Racing Fashion Stakes

WA Country Cups

Toodyay Wildcard Finalist Elizabeth Winlo took out first prize in Racing and Wagering Western Australia’s (RWWA) WA Country Cups Fashions on the Field Final, held at the Winterbottom Race Day, at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday 2nd December.

Ms Winlo’s prize included a racing holiday for two to London to attend Royal Ascot thanks to Motive Travel, $10,000 spending money from TABtouch, $5,000 worth of diamond jewellery from Leon Baker Jewellers and a voucher for handbag label Jessica Bratich.

Ms Winlo won the Vernice Fashions on the Field at this year’s Toodyay Picnic Race Day on Saturday 23 September. As a winner of a Fashions on the Field competition at a country race day, Ms Winlo was eligible to enter the WA Country Cups Wildcard Competition, where the public voted for their favourite outfit. 

Ms Winlo won the Wildcard Heat earlier on Saturday, making her eligible for the grand final, where she competed against nine finalists from regional heats all over WA including Great Southern, Peel, South West, Gascoyne, Pilbara, Kimberley, Goldfields, Midwest and Wheatbelt.

Ms Winlo said she felt overwhelmed after her victory, “it’s a dream come true,” she said.

“I didn’t think I would win at Toodyay, I didn’t think I’d win the Wildcard, I didn’t think I’d win the Final - and here I am.” 

Channel 7 racing expert, Francesca Cumani, headed to the West to attend and judge the WA Country Cups Fashions on the Field Final.

Ms Cumani, who is the co-host of ITV’s coverage of the U.K. flat racing season, host of Winning Post on CNN and racing analyst on Channel 7’s Melbourne Cup coverage, was excited to be invited as a guest judge.

“This is a fantastic initiative which not only showcases racing in metropolitan and country Western Australia, but also promotes international horse racing, with the winner attending the Royal Ascot in England,” said Cumani.

Other judges for the WA Country Cups Fashions on the Field Final included: Channel 7 Sports Presenter Mark Readings, Stylist Bridget Hudson, Community TAB General Manager Matthew Thomas and Racing and Wagering WA Board Directors Lianne Cretney-Barnes and Kirrilee Warr.

“WA has one of the largest country racing precincts in the world, with 35 thoroughbred race clubs spread across the State,” said General Manager Racing, Charlotte Mills.

“Fashions on the Field has always played a major role in Australian thoroughbred racing and this initiative will shine a light on racing and racing fashion in regional WA. The final presented the opportunity to bring a taste of country racing to the city.”

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