In a spectacular finish, the 2014 Crown Oaks was claimed by jockey Hugh Bowman on the lightly raced Set Square for trainer Ciaron Maher.
The win marks Hugh Bowman’s second triumph in the Crown Oaks, Australia’s premier event for three year-old fillies.
Tommy Berry was next on Thunder Lady, trained by John Sargent, while third place was taken out by Vlad Duric on the Robbie Laing trained filly Golconda.
Victoria Racing Club (VRC) Acting Chief Executive Julian Sullivan said Crown Oaks Day is an opportunity for ladies to celebrate.
“Crown Oaks Day is Ladies Day and that was evident with women celebrating in sunshine across the course. Today was another great success for the Melbourne Cup Carnival.”
“Crown Oaks Day is the most fashionable day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival and this year we have seen women in particular come together to see Australia’s best fillies on the track and the national final of Myer Fashions on the Field off it.”
The Myer Fashions on the Field Women’s Racewear competition, offering more than $400,000 in prizes, reached its crescendo with the Millinery Award and highly anticipated Women’s Racewear National Final.
The expert judging panel included New Zealand designer Karen Walker, face of Myer, Jennifer Hawkins, and Editor of Marie Claire, Jackie Frank.
Melbourne’s very own Brodie Worrell, 21, was crowned the national winner in a stunning white Toni Maticevski dress with black patent shoes and matching black clutch and gloves.
A statement black and white headpiece, by Felicity Northeast, was made especially and matched the full skirted ensemble perfectly.
As the national winner of Myer Fashions on the Field, Brodie took home an impressive collection of prizes including a Lexus IS 300h F Sport valued at up to $77,465.
The VRC’s invitation-only Millinery Award was presented to Jill Humphries from Jill and Jack with a striking structured white headpiece crowned with quills made from sinamay and feathers.
The Birdcage enclosure produced another star-studded cast with Emirates guest and German lingerie model Ann-Kathrin Brömmel standing out from the crowd.
Metro reported the delivery of 35,295 patrons to Flemington by rail.
Stunning weather is forecast for Emirates Stakes Day on Saturday with around 65,000 predicted to come out for the Melbourne Cup Carnival’s Family Day.
Tickets to Emirates Stakes Day are still available a from Flinders Street, Southern Cross and North Melbourne train stations, or racegoers can jump the queues and buy online from Ticketek on their mobiles, even on raceday.
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