Hundreds flock to a feast of fashion, finery, and fillies at Innisfail Annuals

Entrants in the Best Dressed Couple category.

DESPITE hot and humid conditions, hundreds of race goers converged on Pease Park on October 16 for the Innisfail Annuals, one of the biggest events on the country racing calendar.


There were seven local races, and the final race on the program was part of the Country Cups Challenge in the Queensland Country Race Series.


The final of the Queensland Country Cups Challenge on Saturday, December 4, at Doomben brings together the winners of 16 Country Cups held at clubs throughout Queensland, between September and November, which include Mount Isa, Roma, Emerald, Barcoo, Tara, Moranbah, Longreach, Cloncurry, Yeppoon, Innisfail, and Cooktown.


In the first race of the day, the Benchmark 50 Handicap 900m, jockey Masayuki Abe rode Be Famous to a victory over Karbors, followed by Sunshines in third place.


Hard Yaga, trained by Trevor Rowe from Cairns and ridden by Krysten Swaffer took out the Benchmark 65 Handicap 900m, ahead of Cairns’ trained horse, Tell Everyone, in second place with Galaxy Ghost in third.


In Race 3, Amanda Thomson rode Rebel Reign to victory in the QTIS Maiden Plate 1,100m in front of Artimo, with Redenzo Roman, trained by Innisfail’s Maria Potiris, in third.


My Sister Sal, ridden by jockey Shane Pawsey and trained by Fred Wieland, took out Race 4, Class B Handicap 1,200m, followed by Let’s Conquer in second place and First Slip, in third. 


Innisfail trainer, Stephen Potiris achieved success when jockey, Amanda Thomson rode Validar to victory in Race 5, the Johnstone River Open Handicap, 1,200m, ahead of Simply Splashing in second, and Dream I Can in third place. 


Jockey Wanderson D’Avila and Joel were first past the post in Race 6, the Trainers Cup Benchmark 60 Handicap, 1,500m, in front of two New Zealand horses, Pumps in second and Own Sweet Way in third.


Nine-year-old gelding Best Hoffa, ridden by Carl Spry, secured the Country Cups Challenge Qualifier Innisfail Cup Open 2,000m, in front of Maquereau in second, whilst Salesman placed third.


The Fashions on the Field, judged by guest stylist Gerlinda Stella, Amylee Deicke, and Dannii Kruckow, attracted strong numbers in most categories.


For the first time, Racing Queensland introduced a new competition, Fashions from Afar for Best Dressed Male and Female.


Regional winners, Kymberlee Cockrem and Danny Turton received a Racing Queensland sash and secured a spot to compete in the Fashions on the Field at Doomben.


Fashion winners:


Junior Girls – Under 13s 

Winner: Ella Turton

Runner Up: Gianah Camilleri


Junior Boys – Under 13s 

Winner: Mason Cosgrove

Runner Up: Jaxon Fitzgerald


Fashionable Filly 13-17 Girls 

Winner: Darcie Turton

Runner Up: Emily O’Brien


Young Contemporary – Ladies Under 35s 

Winner: Shynade Smith

Runner Up: Nicole Formosa


Lady of the Track – Over 35s 

Winner: Susan Lamari

Runner Up: Tass Hulton


Fashions from Afar – Ladies

Winner: Kymberlee Cockrem


Fashions from Afar – Men

Winner: Danny Turton

Runner Up: Ayden Wilkinson


Most Stylish Couple

Winner: Georgia Hadson and Lenard Pappalardo



Winner: Sharn Juhas


The final event in this year’s Innisfail Turf Club racing calendar is a local race meeting on Saturday, November 27.

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