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WINNER: Winner of race one Gravity force with jockey Martin Haley. Alexia Austin

Gallery: Charleville cup reins in crowd

As the Melbourne cup kicked off early on Tuesday, many Murweh residents primped and preened their own outfits in preparation for their own race event, the Charleville cup.

A range of fine millinery was on display at the event, with guests sipping on champagne as they enjoyed a five race line up which ran in conjunction with the races at Flemington.

The action was hot both on and off the track, with a large fashions on the field competition for men, women and children awarding the top styles of the day.

To Central Warrego Race Club president Brad Lines, the event was a resounding success.

"We started to set up at 5 in the morning, and many in the crowd made their way in after they watched the start of the Melbourne Cup,” said Mr Lines.

"There was a great crowd, we usually get around 1000 people at the event each year and this was no different. The ladies dressed up well and there were some great prizes up for grabs.

"The town shuts down for the day, it gives the people a chance to go out and meet people, have a chat and enjoy the atmosphere.

"I think race days like this are important as it brings people together, especially those out on the properties where they are doing it hard at the moment, gives them a break and allows them to shut down their worries for a day and have some fun before they have to get back to work.

"There are a few local horses and jockeys racing today, and all the funds raised from today go back into the race club for the next meets.”

Fashions on the field organiser Courtney Bylett said judging this year's outfits was more difficult than usual.

"Everyone put so much effort into their outfits this year, for a small country town its great to keep the community spirit up.

"Each category was judged differently, but there were so many ladies this year that were show stoppers. Each year it just gets bigger and better.”

Georgia Knight was awarded the senior student fashion prize, Terri Ann Eckel won the top honours for the classic ladies category and Biz Mayo won best contemporary outfit.

Mick Kressibucher won best dressed gentleman and April Smith was crowned the overall lady of the day.



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