Pink Silks ladies were at their glamorous best with the top prizes going to Marsha Dodson (centre) and fashionable runners-up Bec Williams and Rosemarie Atkins.
Pink Silks ladies were at their glamorous best with the top prizes going to Marsha Dodson (centre) and fashionable runners-up Bec Williams and Rosemarie Atkins. Leigh Jensen

Women on top at Coffs Harbour's Pink Silks Ladies race day

SUMMER sunshine brought thousands to Coffs Harbour Racing Club for the 8th annual Pink Silks Ladies race day.

While the racing side of the day was one the professionals of the industry won't forget in a hurry, there was plenty of celebration for the female of the species.

Proceeds from the day will be donated to women's health organisations and cancer research.

Speaking after the second race, Vicky Hunter and Tanya Johnson from the organising committee said public response was overwhelming.

"This is absolutely the best day yet," Vicky said.

"The total raised is already over $25,000 and the auction is still to come.

"All the boys have been unreal and if it's anything like we usually get, once that bidding starts, the money should come from everywhere."

Racing Club chairman Alan Johnson was "pretty certain" more than $60,000 would be raised.

'I want to really thank everybody who came to the races, played golf on Friday or made a contribution in some way," he said.

"Especially our organising girls ... give them a big plug as they have done a fantastic job putting it all together."

There were celebrations on the racetrack itself after Pin, trained locally by Gordon Yorke and ridden by glamour jockey Priscilla Schmidt, claimed victory in the feature Komatsu Pink Silks Ladies Cup.

Priscilla's younger sister Cassie finished runner-up on Padre Pio while Courtney Van Der Werf made the race a clean sweep for the girls when she wheeled Leviosa into the stall reserved for the third placegetter.


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