Fashion, food and racing

December 11, 2017

Shepparton East netballers Stephanie Chapple, Macey Rowan, Sarah Maskell, Karli Spencer, Abbey Suckling, Karen West and Shelley Gribbin.

Trainer Gwenda Johnstone leads her horse Wide Open Road following its run in race 4.

Friends Claire Baumber and Clint Brisbane enjoyed soaking up the atmosphere.

Carol Keniry, Jade Golightly and Bec Brisbane.

It was all about a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere at the Tatura and Shepparton Race Club yesterday for its annual Italian Plate Race Day.

The event drew around 2500 guests according to racetrack manager Jon Dight.

‘‘It has been really, really good,’’ he said.

The crowd enjoyed live music and entertainment in two separate areas where there were marquees filled to the brim with colourful fashions.

The regular Fashions on the Field event ran from 2pm with the juniors kicking things off.

Best dressed couple went to Shepparton’s Taylah Burrows and Jack O’Brien who had met just half and hour before they entered the competition.

‘‘It has been so much fun,’’ Ms Burrows said.

There was much action for the children as well.

Animals 2 U were on hand with their petting zoo where racegoers could pat a miniature pony, chickens, lambs and more.

Racegoers could also enjoy Italian-themed food with pizza a crowd-pleaser.

The event’s main race - the Varapodio Family Italian Plate - was won by Vianden who was ridden by jockey L King and trained by A Coffey.

Mr Dight said the day could not be possible without the continued support of the Varapodio family, which had been sponsor and supporter of the event for the past 34 years.

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