Fillies and colts vying for top fashion prizes at Moree picnic races on Saturday

THE Moree picnic races are synonymous with cutting-edge style, so naturally the Fashions on the Field competition has captured the attention of fashionistas across the state.

And with a high-calibre prize package befitting the quality on offer, it is worth putting your best, well-heeled, foot forward this Saturday, May 26.

Coveted prizes include diamonds from bespoke gem specialist, The Diamond Hunter, flights from Fly Corporate and generous packages from Beauty Matters.

Moree Picnic race Club president Sally Glynn said Fashions on the Field was one of the highlights of round one of bush racing’s Golden Triangle.

The ladies have it: What a line up in last year’s best-dressed lady category (Image: Melissa Carrigan Photography).

“There is always a beautiful cross-section of designers on display and past judges – which range from designer Bridget McLaughlin to television star Toni Pearen – have consistently found Moree race-goers fashion forward and enthusiastically embracing of fashion trends,” Sally said.

And local retailer, Toy Barwick of Bramhall and Miles has some wise words to give Moree’s autumn race-goers the seasonal edge.

“There is definitely an element of decorum recommended for picnic-racing fashions, with anything too tight, revealing, strapless or mid-drift-baring to be avoided,” says Toy.

“Lengths should be not too short, with trousers and jumpsuits acceptable, as long as they are full length.”

Trackside Tips for the Ladies:

* Felt hats and sculptural fascinators are the must have piece to complete your outfit;

* Remember, straw is only for spring racing;

* Always ensure you take your hat to the hairdresser to have it fitted correctly;

* Always have an option for cooler weather. A tailored cropped jacket is perfect;

* Accessories are key. Ensure they all match as odd bits and pieces don’t give a polished look;

* To avoid sinking into the grass opt for platform shoes or wedges as an alternative to stilettos;

* Remember you are at the track, not in a nightclub, so keep it sophisticated and elegant; and

* Plunging necklines and ultra-minis are not suitable for the racetrack.

Trackside Tips for the Men

* A pocket-handkerchief is an essential for any man attending the races;

* It gives your outfit a polished, sophisticated look;

* Accessorising is just important for the men, as it is the women;

* This includes cuff links, shoes, a belt, tie and a masculine timepiece;

* Don’t forget sunglasses. Look for classic shapes in elegant eye-wear; and

* Polish your shoes and look for smart socks.

Toy advises that a headpiece is always required for the Fashions on the Field competition, with felt and leather hats preferred over straw.

Heeled ankle boots or pumps are a must for autumn racing, with open toes a definite no-no.

Stockings and gloves also add a charming element to any outfit.

Three blind mice: Last year’s best-dressed Men (from left) Phil Barwick, Toby Osmond and Alistair Spring (Image: Melissa Carrigan Photography).

“Keep in mind the races are a daytime event, so be wary of materials and shapes that are evening like, such as metallic, sequined or high shine textures,” says Toy.

And it’s not all about the fillies, with many a stallion heading in from the paddock for a groom come Saturday.

“For men we’re looking for accessories such as a hat, pocket handkerchief, beautiful watches, cufflinks or sunglasses,” says Toy.

“Polished shoes and a matching belt also go a long way, and you just can’t go past a well-fitted suit – not too baggy, not too long and not too tight.”

Gates to The Moree Picnic Races open at 12-midday, with the event also including a quality six-race line-up, marquee luncheon, calcutta and an evening marquee dinner-dance featuring The Voice’s Rennie Adams.

Tickets to the evening function are currently available at

Words: Georgina Poole

Images: Melissa Carrigan Photography

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