The Easter bunny delivered far more than mere chocolate as he wove his way through the vines of the Coonawarra. Easter Sunday drew friends and family trackside to indulge in some country hospitality, from an egg hunt to a bouncy castle which seemed quite appealing to the adults toward the end of the day.
Penola held the first official race meeting in South Australia, making it one of the oldest clubs in the state. Three formidable days in February 1856 saw the town transform into a course - the Royal Oak Hotel and the Presbyterian Manse marking two of the corners. The ClassicBet Penola Racing Club moved in 1906 to its current location, bringing every bit of its nostalgic magnetism to the Cup we love today.
The dignity that comes with retaining the traditions of the Limestone Coast was further exemplified by the respect racegoers showed for ingenious millinery and thoughtful ensembles, as even those dressing for a leisurely day applied their own distinguished style to the dress code. Young girls, hair adorned with delicate floral pieces, frolicked amongst women in earthy flowing gowns, as ladies in bursts of colourful, structured knee-gracing dresses posed on the expertly manicured lawn. Our favourite look of the day was the enchanting Winner of Fashion At The Races Brooke Waller.