Keen competition at Mortlake Racing Club’s sole annual race meeting next Saturday will not only be between the racehorses.
Club president Jason Hughes said the Mortlake Cup meeting also gave the local community the opportunity to show off its growing reputation for sartorial style.
Mr Hughes said more than 30 entries were received for each category in the fashions competition last year and Melbourne visitors had commented favourably on how cup patrons made an effort to dress up for the event.
“This year, it would be great to get even more people to enter,” he said. “We will have four main prizes for the ladies, mens, couples and children’s sections and also a special prize for the best hat of the day entered into any of the categories.”
His tip for entrants was for women to include a hat or fascinator with their outfits and for men to wear a jacket and tie.
The meeting’s seven-race program begins at 1pm, with the Mortlake Cup the last race in the program at 5.27pm.
Mr Hughes said the club hoped to build on the 2000 participants in last year’s cup meeting.
Among the attractions at this year’s meeting is a reunion of members of the Mortlake Football Netball Club prior to its merger with the Terang Football Netball Club. Mr Hughes said the reunion had attracted a lot of interest from former club members, who would have their own marquee at the meeting.
The program also features children’s activities, including a race where children get dressed as sheep and are chased by others in dog costume.
An olivine hunt will give children the chance to discover the semi-precious olivine stone, for which Mortlake is famous.
Samples of the distinctive green mineral will be hidden in a sand heap for children to find.
Mr Hughes said the race meeting would conclude with music from a DJ to give patrons more opportunity to socialise.