Racegoers pile into Addington Raceway

05:21, Nov 13 2012
Hamish Calder sets out the chairs in a hospitality area.
Tom Stevens expects a busy day in the hospitality marquee.
Early morning punters get the first choice of a place to sit.
The gate security staff also expect a big day.
The horse mannequin won't win the best-dressed competition, but Keryn McElroy, left, and Ged Mooar ensure that he will be dressed.
Ron Montgomery left, Pagen Chalklen, and Lynda Wright set tables in the Blanc de Blanc area.
The fashion judges - Carmel McCormick, Rebekah Orr, Catherine Kaliyati, Annah Stretton and Fraser Bremford arrive this morning.
DRESSED UP: Ladies line up to get their photo taken with Michael Cooke dressed as Captain Cook early on Cup Day.
SUPERHERO TREAT: Spider-Man gets a hot dog on Cup Day.
The finish of the Cromwell Lake Dunstan Handicap trot, won by Springbank Sam.
Fashionable racegoers enjoy Cup Day.
Dana Beran, Zahara King, Kim Neale and Ash Clutterbuck enjoy NZ Cup Day at Addington Raceway today.
The winner of the Best Dressed Woman competition Andrea Bryant, with Colin Mathura-Jeffree.
Sally and Jaime Ridge attended the races today.
Cup Day arrest
ARREST: Police were quick to clamp down on any unruly behaviour.
Christian Cullen Lounge
LARGE CROWDS: Birds eye views from the Christian Cullen Lounge.
Helping hand out of Cup Day
STILL STANDING: A few people needed a helping hand home.
Thrown out
WRONG PLACE: A young man is encouraged to leave the corporate hospitality area.
Asleep at Cup Day
LONG DAY: Asleep on the job.
Cup Day aftermath
WHAT A MESS: A big job ahead for Cup Day cleaners.
Ricky May
WINNDER: Ricky May holds up six fingers to mark his outstanding six NZ Trotting Cup wins.
New Zealand Trotting Cup
THIS IS IT: The New Zealand Trotting Cup
Terror To Love with trainer Paul Court
WINNER: Terror To Love with trainer Paul Court

Thousands of Cantabrians in their finest attire are celebrating Cup Day at Addington Raceway.

Racegoers went all-out in the fashion stakes with vintage Christian Lacroix, home-made hats and mismatched shoes.

Customised or homemade hats were popular among the women, while men mostly stuck to traditional outfits.

Some opted to make a statement, wearing mismatched shoes and betting tickets as accessories.

Best-dressed contestant Virginia Brosnan found her vintage Lacroix dress while looking for the perfect Cup Day outfit.

Another contestant, Mike Baker, had not planned on entering the best-dressed competition but said he had been encouraged by his friends.


Organisers are expecting up to 23,000 people for Cup Day.

Addington Raceway chief executive Dean McKenzie said Christchurch was ready for a party.

"And I know today will show that."

He said Cup Day had been well-marketed, and the turnout reflected that.

MetService has forecast a high of just 12 degrees Celsius today, but that has not stopped revellers from baring a bit of skin.

The Silks Lounge in the main stand is packed with people studying the form book.

A buffet breakfast started the day for some racegoers at the Christchurch Casino.

People relaxed over pancakes and bacon before a rigorous day at Addington.

Phoebe James, of Sydenham, made her own dress, a mint-green chiffon number, for the big day.

"I spent a few weeks getting ready," she said.

Lynne Preston, of Redwood, has gone to Cup Day with her friends for the past 10 years.

"It's just getting together and seeing each other. Some of us wouldn't see each other for months," she said.

David O'Brien, of Edgeware, had already put money on some horses because he said he may not remember to later in the day.

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