THREE regular Ballina Cup attendees, Kyreena Cooper, Jessica Dunn and Jessica Rose agreed this years Cup was all about staying classy, having a punt and not falling over.

The sunny weather we've had of late decided to go on vacation today and race-goers were hit with light showers from 1.30pm onwards.

However, like Miss Cooper, Miss Dunn and Miss Rose, no one was put off for long.

Anna Mott, race day fashion expert, was prepared. Her tip: take dry cleaning bags in your clutch and wrap your headwear in it, preserving the hat, fascinator or accessory.

"Like a hat poncho!" she said.

Whether people were there for a social gathering like the over 50's "Red Hatters" group, or for a more serious punt, everyone who wanted a seat had to get in early.

The overall feel of the event was a smart casual sense and judges of the fashion on the field competition said they were looking for something modest and elegant but at the same time, an outfit that stood out.

Red hat ladies at the Ballina Cup
Red hat ladies at the Ballina Cup Emily Koskela

The range of outfits was inspiring with people exclaiming that they had been planning the race day dress for four weeks.

One of which was a couple from Bexhill, Jenny Shre and Glenn McDermott, who were rocking the vintage monochrome with a dash of lime.

Even the kids were dressed up for the occasion, including 11-month-old Joshua Purnell, dressed in a hat and tie, styled by mum, Ella Purnell.

The event has never had any major incidents or suffered any causalities and Barbara and Sue from the Saint Johns First Aid Pre-Hospital tent were looking hoped the tradition would continue this year.



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