The Deighton Cup celebrated its 10th anniversary in style!
Known for the elaborate and sometimes fanciful costumes and hats, this year seemed more elegant and dressy. Outfits suitable for a wedding, classic suits and ties were as prolific as the outlandish.
Fascinators, tiaras, hats with balloon horses, real flowers or vegetables, tulle, netting, and lace, men in top hats, fedoras, bowlers, suspenders, custom suits were worn to celebrate the occasion.
Deighton Cup has grown from a small group birthday celebration to over 4,000 people strolling the promenade at Exhibition Park.
“Gassy Jack” Deighton, for whom the race is named would not recognize the sophistication that abounds.
Instead of whiskey shots, red champagne flutes and bottles of $150 Piper-Heidsieck were carried around like water bottles.
Mile’s End Motors hostesses wore red to match the champagne glasses.
As well as champagne and Ciroc vodka, oysters were shucked, cigars smoked, and easy lunches were munched.
It is a place to stroll, pose, look, chat, and run into old friends!
The competitive outfits are paraded to a win.
Eventually, the raison d’être, the horse racing started.
Money passed through wickets or on computer terminals and soon winners and losers became apparent.
The crowd thinned, but the party carried on into the evening.