5. Failing The Members Fashion Test.

Melissa Bedford and boyfriend Sam Thomson outside Moonee Valley Photo- Herald Sun

Georgia Leckie in her pants suit, with her husband Photo- Herald Sun

In the past week there have a been a couple of articles in the news (link & link) about women being asked to leave the members area at the race track for not adhering to the members dress codes. In both instances the women were spoken to due to complaints from fellow race goers. This makes the list because I think this is a problem that we will be seeing much more of in the coming months.

Members dress codes and fashion haven’t kept up to date with each other. With women being encouraged to dress in the latest fashions by race clubs, fashion magazines and retail outlets it doesn’t make sense to me that members dress regulations currently don’t allow many of the latest fashions to be worn. Celebrities flouting the dress codes are celebrated for their impeccable style, yet members who pay their fees each year have been left red-faced for wearing outfits that are far more modest. I also find it a little sad that there are members who are so offended that they can actually be bothered to have another member ejected from their line of view. Watch this space…

4. Zara Phillips

Zara Phillips at Glorious Goodwood Photo- Daily Mail

The Olympic silver medallist and member of the Royal family was appointed the Magic Millions Racing Women Ambassador for 2013. She attended the carnival early this year and it was announced in late October that she will continue in this role until 2018 (link). All very exciting news, but what pushed Zara Phillips on this list is her outfit from Ladies Day at Glorious Goodwood. Whilst sporting a baby bump she nailed racing style looking modern, feminine and appropriate for a day out at the races. This is how you do maternity racewear.

3. Black Caviar

Black Caviar at Royal Randwick Photo- ABC

Former Vogue covergirl and owner of a large round rump, Black Caviar raced her way into the history books by getting 25 consecutive wins at the track- including 15 group 1 races. She also managed to collect the title of Australian Racehorse of the Year for the third time in 2013 and was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame. Enjoy your retirement Nelly, you’ve earned it!

2. Myer Fashions on the Field National Competition

Chloe Moo, National Winner Myer Fashions on the Field. Photo- The Australian

Without a doubt this is the ultimate and most prestigious competition in the world of fashions on the field. Winners from each state and an online people’s choice award winner came together in the national final on Oaks Day at Flemington. Model, Chloe Moo from Sydney walked away with the sash and keys to her new car. With the competition starting all over again in a couple of weeks contestants will have a tough time trying to top this years victor.

1. Gai Waterhouse

Gai Waterhouse with the Melbourne Cup. Photo- The Australian

One of the most stylish ladies at the track, 2013 was Gai’s year. After a rocky start to 2013 with public spats in the press, things turned around when her horse Fiorente went into the Melbourne Cup as one of the favourites. Having never won a Melbourne Cup race in her impressive career it came down to a nail biting finish! In the 3200 meter ‘race that stops a nation’ Fiorente, trained by Gai took the win by three quarters of a length from Red Cadeaux. Gai is the first Australian female trainer to win the Melbourne Cup. I hope this is the first of many for her.

By Angela Menz