WHILE the horses raced for ultimate supremacy, it was women in fashionable outfits that stole the show at Cellarbrations Ladies Day at Rosehill racecourse.
The first event of the BMW Sydney Carnival launched on Saturday with live entertainment, on track racing and pamper lounges for women.
Apart from the signature Group 1 races including the $600,000 Coolmore Classic and the $5000,000 Ranvet Stakes, the Myer Fashions on the Field competition attracted the most fashionably dressed to the main stage.
Courtney Doyle, 18, took top spot in the Best Dressed Racewear category.
She wore a three-quarter leopard print Zara dress, complimented with a black hat and gold accessories.
Ms Doyle said her secret was to be daring.
‘‘I just love animal print,’’ Ms Doyle said.
‘‘They said leather, animal print and fur, and I thought I might as well be bold.’’
Stephanie Davies and Christina Tzortzis were runners-up in the category.
Ms Tzortzis — who also won the Millinery Award — said following the strict race guidelines helped her to get noticed by the judges — fashion designer Charlie Brown, ambassadors Laura Csortan and Nerida Winter and Myer Ambassador Laura Dundovic.
‘‘A lot of girls don’t follow the guidelines and they wear open-toe shoes instead of wearing closed in shoes and you need to have leather gloves,’’ Ms Tzortzis said.
‘‘You need to choose something that is on trend.’’