Fashion in the Field judge Ange Leonard with winners, Andy Wonderley, Julie Penman, Mason Jones and Ruby Smolenski with second judge Claire Scott. Credit: Jonty Dine.

Hot frocks on show at races


The hotly-contested Fashion in the Field saw punters dressed to the nines at the annual Summer Racing Festival in Richmond.

Men’s winner Andy Wonderley says his outfit, complete with matching socks and undies, was thrown together the night before.

“It was pretty last minute but I go to the races a lot back home in the UK and it’s a massive thing back there, so I thought I’d dress up and make a day of it.”

Judge Ange Leonard says they were looking for something different this year which they certainly got with Julie Penman’s avian-inspired headwear.

“She had an amazing hat and a well-coordinated outfit.”

Ange says the young ones also looked the part.

“The kids were so cool, especially the little dude. He had some attitude too which we loved.”

When it came to picking a men’s winner, Ange says “the suit always wins”.