Fillies Frock Up at Yeppoon

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FASHIONS in the Field with some catchy categories will be one of the highlights of the Yeppoon Turf Clubas GJ Gardner Homes Yeppoon Cup meeting at Keppel Park racecourse tomorrow week.

More than $3000 in prizes, organised by Yeppoonas Rhonda Hall and supplied generously by local business houses will be up for grabs.

Trish Simpson, the wife of club chairman Greg, said the Fashions in the Field had grown in stature at Keppel Park at recent feature meetings.

aThis has come about through Big Al as master commentator being a draw card. As well, Yvonne Hassett will be the judge,a Trish said.

Big Al is certainly a colourful entrepreneurial cove and he certainly stands out in a crowd.

It will be worth attending the races just to see what Big Al will be wearing.

I donat envy Yvonne Hassettas job as judge as the grading of the Fashion in the Field categories will be an assignment in itself.

There shouldnat be a problem with deciding who is eligible for the kidas category which is cleverly named the Shetlands.

Determining eligibility of candidates for the Champion Filly and Champion Mares categories could be interesting.

With due respect in the equine world it is determined by age with a year numeral branded onto the horse.

Regrettably not so with humans a ouch!

Over the years I have seen many a questionable afillya lining-up in that category when clearly they were amaresa of the two-legged breed.

Of course it is never the case in the Champion Colt and Champion Stallion categories.

While it may be judged discriminatory, there is no Champion Gelding category in the Fashion in the Field at Yeppoon.

aI very much doubt if we would have gotten an entry,a Greg Simpson said with tongue in cheek.

As well, there will be a jumping castle and face-painting for the kids while letas hope the oldies donat get faceless at the cocktail bar and well stocked bar.

Just in case they do have atwo too manya a free courtesy bus will carry the livestock back to Yeppoon after the races.

There are five local races on as well at Keppel Park with the YTC upping the prizemoney to $12,500 for the Cup (1400m).

Scott Power will broadcast the race named in honour of his father, the Ken Power Memorial. …