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Reggie Thei (first runner up), Elizabeth Winlo (winner), Christy Poulsen (second runner-up). Picture: RWWA

Toodyay Wildcard a winner at Ascot

Toodyay Wildcard finalist Elizabeth Winlo took out first prize in the WA Country Cups Fashions on the Field final, held on Winterbottom Stakes Day, at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday, December 2.

Ms Winlo won the Vernice Fashions on the Field at this year’s Toodyay Picnic Race Day on Saturday, September 23.

As a winner of a Fashions on the Field competition at a country race day, Ms Winlo was eligible to enter the WA Country Cups Wildcard Competition, where the public voted for their favourite outfit.

Ms Winlo won the Wildcard Heat earlier on Saturday, making her eligible for the grand final, where she competed against nine finalists from regional heats all over WA including Great Southern, Peel, South West, Gascoyne, Pilbara, Kimberley, Goldfields, Midwest and Wheatbelt.

Ms Winlo said she felt overwhelmed after her victory and it was a dream come true.

“I didn’t think I would win at Toodyay, I didn’t think I’d win the Wildcard, I didn’t think I’d win the final – and here I am,’’ she said.

Her Racing and Wagering Western Australia’s WA Country Cups Fashions on the Field prize included a racing holiday for two to London to attend Royal Ascot.

Channel 7 racing expert Francesca Cumani headed to the West to attend and judge the WA Country Cups Fashions on the Field final.

Ms Cumani is the co-host of ITV’s coverage of the UK flat racing season, host of Winning Post on CNN and racing analyst on Channel 7’s Melbourne Cup coverage.

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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