Despite predictions of wind, it was a gloriously clear day without a cloud in sight. Excitement started building with the run-up to the fashion awards, as entrants strutted their stuff on the racetrack and cameramen vied for winning shots of beautiful women and their escorts.

“The keynote for this year’s July was restrained elegance but I rather fancied pulling out all the stops and this is the result,” he said, indicating a fabulously clad Janelle Rex, in peacock coloured silk and a spectacular feathered fascinator.