King Pem with jockey Adrian Coome wins the first race at Ferguson Park.
King Pem with jockey Adrian Coome wins the first race at Ferguson Park. Brenda Strong

Gladstone frocks up for biggest race meeting

WHEN last year's Gladstone Cup runner-up Interview failed by just centimetres his Rockhampton entourage vowed to return this year with a vengeance.

And win they did in Saturday's $15,000 feature race at Ferguson Park, despite overcoming life-threatening knee injuries in the last year.

Thousands flocked to Gladstone's biggest race meet, with many pocketing a bonus courtesy of an impressive win by Interview.

Syndicate owner Grant Stockwell was elated at the comeback, following a tense period where the fate of the seven-year-old gelding was in doubt.

"This win is coming off the back of floating chips in his knee and a period where we thought we may have to put him down," he said.

"After surgery, he has come back fitter than ever, showing us all that he wanted to run again."

Mr Stockwell said the win, with jockey Luke Dillon aboard, was the dream ending to a tumultuous year for Interview.

"Last year we missed out on the Gladstone Cup by an inch," he said.

"We said then that we would return and take the cup home, and today we are."

Fresh with victory in the Bundaberg Cup, Interview and trainer Nicholas Mannion are keen to continue the winning streak into the racing season.

ALL DRESSED UP: The winners of Fashions on the Field at Gladstone Cup love the opportunity to get dolled up, (left) Liz Whitehead, Melanie Dyball, Michelle O’Sullivan, Sam Steinhardt.
ALL DRESSED UP: The winners of Fashions on the Field at Gladstone Cup love the opportunity to get dolled up, (left) Liz Whitehead, Melanie Dyball, Michelle O’Sullivan, Sam Steinhardt.

Off the track, the women were dressed to impress as they lined up to compete for a title of their own, Fashions on the Field.

Melanie Dyball was elected the winner with her vintage ensemble, combining leather and fur sourced from local outlets.

"I love fashions on the field, it's a fun excuse to get dressed up in Gladstone, and that doesn't happen very often," she laughed.

"My piece of advice to ladies is to keep it classy and steer clear of nightclub wear.

"Try to be different and stand out from the crowd. A pop of colour always works wonders".

Ms Dyball won return flights to Brisbane and a night of accommodation courtesy of her well choreographed outfit.

She was accompanied by fascinator champion of the day, Liz Whitehead, donning a purple creation, blending seamlessly into the rest of her outfit.



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