Not reading the dead-tree CT I’ve missed what is apparently a major scandal amongst the luvvies, uncovered by Geraldine Nordfeldt.
It follows on from November’s business with Elkie Stuart where some might have drawn the conclusion that deep connections to the racing industry could be helpful to win these things.
The winner at the weekend’s Black Opal Stakes fashion comp, collecting $2k in cash and tickets for two to Paris (the one in France), was one Viktoria Novak, a milliner (hat maker).
With one of the judges already wearing one of her hats, another having already gushed about how great she is, and Novak listed in places as a sponsor, apparently it’s the scandal of the town. If one moves in the right circles.
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Canberra fashion guru and fashion judge on the day, Ninaribena has felt the need to explain her decision:
- And our winner managed to use colours bang on-trend in an unexpected combination, anyone who can put together 2 shades of purple with silver and champagne – and make it rock – has my admiration! Beyond that, though, Viktoria also obviously went to extreme measures to match all of the elements of her outfit, from the swirl in her shoe, to the pearls in her fascinator… classic, elegant, fashionable and co-ordinated head to toe… bravo. And that’s why she won, so there.
I’d suggest Thoroughbred Park might want to make sure that such perceptions of undue influence don’t arise in future.