Punters dress to impress ahead of Gold Cup

THE VOICE: Darren Percival of The Voice Australia fame performs at the Scott Group of Companies Mount Gambier Gold Cup cocktail party at Jens Town Hall Hotel. Picture: BRITTANY DENTON

AROUND 150 punters dressed in their elegant best and flocked to Jens Town Hall Hotel for the Scott Group of Companies Mount Gambier Gold Cup cocktail party on Friday night.

It was this year’s second cup cocktail party, given the 2018 cup will be run this Friday to allow for the $3.3m reconstruction of the Glenburnie racetrack to start early next year.

Local talent Ellyana Sims and nationally renowned vocalist Darren Percival performed to an enthusiastic crowd, while a charity auction raised over $2000 for the Sunset Community Kitchen.

“We have had nothing but positive feedback about both Ellyana and Darren Percival, who are both outstanding performers,” Mount Gambier Racing Club general manager Brett Watson said.

“The venue looked fantastic and attendees flowed between the beer garden and the new sports bar – it was a great atmosphere.”

Andrew Whan auctioned items including an Ashlee Lauren Designs headpiece which sold for $640 and a Redman Wines package which attracted a generous $925 bid.

“We are still calculating the exact amount, but the total proceeds for the auction were around the $2000 mark,” Mr Watson said.

Laura Herbert was announced as best dressed attendee, winning a Mercedes Benz car for one weekend sponsored by Carlin and Gazzard Mercedes Benz.

Lucy von Stanke was announced as runner up while Hermann Reiner won best dressed male attendee.

“There were plenty of people on the dance floor until late,” Mr Watson said.

“I think there might have been a few sore heads the next day.”