Thousands turn out to Christchurch Cup Day 2015

Thousands turn out to Christchurch Cup Day 2015

It's Cup Day at Addington and a week after a woman jockey took out the Melbourne Cup, Australian Kerryn Manning has become the first woman to drive a winner in the Trotting Cup's 111-year history.

The Kiwi-bred, Australian-trained Arden Rooney led all the way.

As usual, the crowd put on a show that was just as good as the action on the track.

They came by the thousands, all dolled up in their best race day gear. The dresses were short and the heels were high. Some were broken.

It's one of Christchurch's biggest days out, and for most the fascinators, frocks and fashion steal the show.

"I think it's about dressing up and looking beautiful, and just getting involved with everyone," one attendee says.

Maria White took out the prize for best dressed woman.

Twenty-two-thousand people crowded Addington Raceway, and while many were there for a bit of fun, plenty had come with cash to splash.

Some needed help to leave as the day wore on. Others were dragged out early after a bit too much to drink.

But as usual, the Addington crowd never lets a few ruin it for everyone else.

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