Fashion and racing stakes high

BRIDGET RAILTON
Last updated 05:00 21/01/2014

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Fashion, racing and a field full of events - it's all on for Cup Day this weekend.

The Invercargill Harness Racing Club's premier racing event is on this Saturday and organisers hope for a fun-filled day.

Southern Harness Racing promotions officer Lindsay Beer said the addition of some new ideas would provide plenty of fun for everyone.

''It's our premier meeting - we try to make it a full day of entertainment for all ages.

''The feature race of the day, the Ascot Park Hotel Invercargill Cup, would be a big attraction with the three-time New Zealand Cup winner Terror To Love expected to run, Mr Beer said.

The stakes have been raised for popular event Fashion In The Field with the prize pool increasing to more than $2000, he said.

The Invercargill Harness Racing Club in conjunction with Farry's Fashions increased the prize pool to make it ''more rewarding'' for all the trouble the entrants go to, he said.

Women were encouraged to register before 2.30pm before 10 finalists were named.

Each finalist would win a prize, with the first receiving $1000 cash plus a $350 gift voucher from Farry's Fashions, second $500 cash and a $150 gift voucher from Farry's, and third $150.

This year also sees the addition of The Bet's In The Bag competition, where punters bring a coupon collected from The Southland Times to the course to go in the draw to choose a bag revealing an amount they would be given to spend on a race.

Six draws would be made.

Prizes would range from $100 t0 $500.

''Each year we try to have a fresh innovative idea. It's a new innovation so we're quite excited about that,'' Mr Beer said.

Other events were The Rugby Club Sulky Challenge, Robin Dundee Kidz Kartz Invercargill Cup, a fruit market and a host of free activities for the kids including the Bubble Man, Astroball, a Bouncy Castle, Kids Tote, and a free lolly giveaway.The first race is scheduled for 11.30am.

Admission is free.

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