Racegoers pile into Addington Raceway
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.