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Bordertown has been a hub for horseracing in the South East since its first recorded race meeting on Boxing Day, 1861. The Bordertown Racing Club boasts a vista of a thriving gum forest, making up much of the 70 acres of Parklands on the club’s grounds.

Residing on some of the state’s most fertile farming land, the area is known as Tatiara in aboriginal, meaning The Good Country. Bordertown was first settled as a rest point for gold mining between Adelaide and Ballarat, which encompasses the neighbouring townships of Wolseley, Mundulla and Keith.

Although travellers no longer visit for the gold business, they will find some diamonds in this splendid country town. The 2018 Doan Pharmacies Bordertown Cup was held on December 16, giving Limestone Coast locals another opportunity to flaunt their trademark elegance at the Fashion at the Races qualifying event.

Cup-goers sported a spectrum of bright colours, from textured marigold fabrics to navy lace, and every elaborate print in between. Accessories offered welcome pops of colour in fuchsia, with blossoming headpieces, turquoise suede and a touch of Saint Laurent luxe in baby pink.  

Acclaimed racing fashionista Bri Scanlon was crowned FATR winner in a bright red two-piece by Di’s Designs with neon tribal frill details. Bri purchased her material from Spotlight and brought it to Di McLaughlin with a concept in mind, which the duo then polished.

When selecting her millinery, Bri looked to renowned milliner Melissa Barnes of Adorn Collection to create her bright pink headpiece. “She took over 15 hours to make it,” Bri said. “She was a perfectionist, making sure the colour matched perfectly.”

Bri accessorised with Ashlee Lauren earrings to complement her ensemble and heels by Rebellious Fashion. “I liked the thicker stiletto and the clear straps across the top, so it didn’t take away from the detail in the skirt,” Bri said.

“My clutch is from; I liked the clear look to match the shoes and we made an insert to tie it all together,” she said. As well as an illustrious title, Bri took home $1000 cash and a $200 voucher from TDE.

Get an insight into the best of Bordertown’s country racing looks below…

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