Wellington Cup spectators soak up the sun

12:23, Jan 25 2014
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From left, Deanne Rutherford, Nicola Shackleton, Alena Burt, Dean Burt, Ashleigh Burt, Olivia Lacey and Janelle Cheeseman enjoy Wellington Cup Day at Trentham Racecourse.
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It's the first Wellington Cup for Leo Schlicht, 28, from Germany and Sergey Glagolev, 24, from Russia.
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Philippa Kibblewhite, 27, and Helena Lane, 21, both of Wellington.
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Baltic brass band Niko Ne Zna, from left, Kaito Walley, Ben Hunt, Daniel Windsor, Frankie Curac and Simon Grove. Front (L-R): Vlatko Materic and Darryn Sigley.
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Catherine Mooney, 21, of Lower Hutt, and Vi Huynh, 22, of Wellington.
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The horses get going for race 3 at Wellington Cup day at Trentham.
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Jockey Mark Sweeney on race 5 winner Moozoon.
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Jockey Mark Sweeney on Moozoon, number 3, in close competition with Jonathan Riddell on Miss Selby.
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Race 7 winner A Touch of Ruby, ridden by jockey Craig Grylls.
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Jockey Craig Grylls rides A Touch of Ruby to victory in race 7.
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Cup day crowds.
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The section winners from fashion in the field.
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Crowds enjoying cup day.
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Christine Verrion-Clarke and Val Harman, both of Cambridge. Mrs Harman was crowned "Mature Lady of the Carnival".
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2014 Wellington Cup Day Fashion in the Field winner Charlotte Morr, centre, with judges, from left Heather du Plessis-Allan, Julia Lilly, Natalie Chan and Sopheak Seng.

Trentham Racecourse has turned on the sunshine and the glamour for today's Wellington Cup.

The jewel in Wellington Racing Club's crown did not fail to pull in the punters when racing got under way at 12.30pm.

Thousands of people streamed into the racecourse to soak up the sunshine and 20-degree heat, as well as a bit of actual horse racing.

Despite the course being quite full, queues for food, drink and the tote appeared to be ticking over quite quickly.

Race-goer Vi Huynh, 22, said it was an absolutely beautiful day at Trentham.

The stiff northerly had kept the temperature quite pleasant but had also presented a challenge to those wearing elaborate hats and fascinators, she said.

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"Let's just say a lot of hairspray and clips went into this."

Her friend Catherine Mooney, 21, said the crowd was in good spirits early on.

Her system for winning big was to bet on the fourth-best horse in each race, she said.

"It should always be good for a place and the odd one might come through for a win."

German native Leo Schlicht, 28, who has been in Wellington for the past six months, said his first experience at a Kiwi race day was absolutely fantastic.

"Apparently this is what you guys do in summer. A few friends of mine said I should get along to the races and have a good time," he said.

"It's a very friendly atmosphere. Everyone is in a good mood."

The group two Wellington Cup race is scheduled for 5.14pm. Prize money of $200,000 is at stake.

Today's race meeting serves as the grand finale to the 2014 Wellington Cup Carnival.

The Dominion Post