Miss Universe New Zealand second runner-up Deborah Lambie
(22), of Dunedin, walks 4-year-old Otago gelding Big Meadsy
at the Wingatui racecourse this week. Miss Lambie will
judge Fashions on the Field and Big Meadsy will run the
1600m maiden race during the Mainland Air Melbourne Cup Day
on Tuesday. Photo by Craig Baxter.
Record sales for the Mainland Air Melbourne Cup Day at
the Wingatui racecourse are pleasing organisers, who expect
about 8000 people to attend.
Corporate marquees and hospitality tents had all sold out
this year, Otago Racing Club marketing and events manager
Charlotte Neilson said.
''Ticket sales have been above expectation.''
Gates would open about 10.30am on Tuesday, and the first race
was scheduled to start just before 1pm.
The last race would be about 7pm, depending on circumstances.
Miss Neilson said the weather forecast for Tuesday kept
changing, but organisers remained hopeful of sunshine.
A package for tertiary students, including transport to and
from the racecourse, general admission, subsidised drinks and
a meal, was again being offered, she said.
Fashions on the Field is being judged this year by Otago
University fourth-year medical student Deborah Lambie (22),
who came third in the recent Miss Universe New Zealand
Miss Lambie said it would be her first time as a fashion
judge and she hoped to see clever use of colour, as well as
co-ordinated accessories and shoes.
''I'll be looking for something different with the wow
factor, something that stands out. Hopefully, there will be
some big, bold colours.''
She planned to wear a fascinator, rather than a hat, but had
yet to decide on a dress.
Other judges of the fashion event, sponsored by Arthur
Barnett and Brent Weatherall Jeweller, are Dunedin radio host
Nicky Rennie and hairdresser Kylie Hayes.
Registrations open at 11.30am and close at 1.30pm, when the
line-up and judging will start. The parade will begin at
2.30pm and winners will be announced an hour later.