IT is time to get frocked up because the Betfair Launceston Cup is approaching and it is celebrating its 150th anniversary.
The cup will be held on February 26 at the Tasmanian Turf Club at Mowbray and two more categories and more prizes are up for grabs in The Examiner's Fashions on the Field.
The competition was launched at Custom House yesterday and included the introduction of a couples category and a racing fashions through the ages category.
Prizes for the couples category include accommodation for two in a deluxe room at Country Club Tasmania or Country Club Villas, champagne and dinner for two at Silks Restaurant, plus gift vouchers.
Fairfax Tasmania's marketing manager Karen Stallard said women had often tried to add an element to their outfit to match their partners.
``Girls go to a lot of effort to make sure their man is their best fashion accessory, so the category is something to add to that,'' Ms Stallard said.
She said racing had been big right through the ages and the ages category was about celebrating that.
Participants can dress in styles from any era, be it the 1800s or the 1920s flapper style.
The winner of the racing fashions through the ages section will receive a historic weekend away in Melbourne where they will stay at The Hotel Windsor.
The winner of the women's classic racewear category will win a trip for two to Paris, while the men will compete for a trip to Los Angeles.
Both prizes include five nights' accommodation and spending money courtesy of Harvey World Travel.
Ms Stallard said the Fashions on the Field would not be possible without the support from Harvey World Travel, Sue Rees Modelling and the Tasmanian Turf Club.