Launceston Cup 2017 Millinery Parade held at Mecure Hotel

Style: Models from Sue Rees Modelling demonstrated the fashionable, fun colours of fascinators from Tasmanian designers across the state.

Style: Models from Sue Rees Modelling demonstrated the fashionable, fun colours of fascinators from Tasmanian designers across the state.

If you’re still looking for your ideal fascinator or trilby to set off your Launceston Cup outfit, then you’re in luck with the state’s top milliners descending on the city with collections in tow.

At the Launceston Cup Barrier Draw, held at the Mercure Hotel on Friday night, the milliners had their moment with the Millinery Parade, demonstrating the creative flare of designers from across Tasmania.

The Launceston Cup itself was on display for the fashionable event, escorted to the hotel in a Rolls Royce and carried into the hotel by Julie Fraser heralded by a bagpiper.

Sharee Marshall, Little White and Cessiah Alice were just some of the designers who had their lively creations on the catwalk, displayed by models from Sue Rees Modelling.

The Tasmanian Turf Club chairman Brian Walker said the Cup Day would be an enjoyable day-long celebration of Tasmania’s racing elite with a crowd of between 12-14,000 expected.

“The club’s working very hard to have a nice day, it’s going to be 25 degrees apparently,” Mr Walker said.

And the Cup itself could see an outsider on the in thanks to an unexpected barrier draw.

Hobart Cup winning trio Count Da Vinci, Big Duke and Gladstone drew barriers 15, 13, and 14 respectively, while Darren Weir’s Unfurl drew the number three barrier.

If you missed out on the fashion and frills of the Millinery Parade, the Launceston Cup Eve Mingle and Calcutta will be held on Tuesday, February 21, from 6pm at the Boathouse.

For all the details and to book, visit goracingtasmania.com.au.