Michael McAlpine is making a habit of backing a winner on Ballarat Cup Day.
The Richmond-based 'Gent of the Day' made it a third successive at Central Square Fashions on the Field.
His green and purple outfit, coupled with binoculars was a stand-out in the men's event. Winning fashions events isn't just for Ballarat though, at his home he admits to having 55 sashes strewn around two rooms "although I do plan to hang them up at some point" he said.
"Overall this is my 71st win and I've also had 107 places," he said. "I decided to go with green because it's pretty much on trend at the moment.
"You really have to take a lot into consideration, the weather which needs both warm colours because it can be cold and also pop colours to replicate spring.
"Also keep your finger on the pulse of what is trending, and right now for whatever reason green is trending."
In the ladies events, Geelong's Eliza Icke was a picture in blue in winning the 'Traditional Racewear' while Bendigo's Kelly Carty's black and white number stole the show in the 'Contemporary Racewear'.
Ms Icke, formerly of Ballarat, was in tears when her number was called.
"I had my hat custom made in far north Queensland, I sent up some fabric which I bought on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland," she said.
"I had my dress custom made by Lainie Brookman in Geelong and it all came up together with the classic traditional style type of outfit that I like to wear and feel comfortable, I love the colour blue."
She said to be named the top of the traditional category was overwhelming.
"The standard of fashion here today is extremely high," she said. "It's a great support for fashion and country racing in Ballarat and I'm already looking forward to coming back next year."
Ms Carty's victory in a patented Alex Perry black leather dress with an unusual millinery bow.
"The millinery is quite tricky to put on, but once you put it on you can't feel it," she said. "It's very different and gives a bit of a girly twist to the leather.
"I'm thrilled, I'm still shaking and I'm really really happy. Thankyou so much to all the judges and the sponsors."
The millinery title went Leanora Romensky, she knew when she saw her hat sitting in a shop that it would make the perfect addition to her race outfit.
"I'm thrilled, overwhelmed," she said.
"When I bought it the milliner said it had been sitting in a box for a while 'why don't we try it?' And it just worked to perfection.
"The whole outfit is cobbled together from a range of places, the top is a little 80s number I got at an op-shop.
"I love putting things together."
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