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SOCIAL SCENE: Golden day at Garrison

Gercine Carter

SOCIAL SCENE: Golden day at Garrison

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The 30th Sandy Lane Gold Cup race day was another fashionable event and in the private boxes, men and women turned out in their finery.
Most of the ladies moved away from the Ascot look, choosing instead to go without a hat this year in contrast to last year when in every box  there could be found a hat making a strong statement.
Racehorse owners, their friends and people from corporate Barbados were in the air-conditioned boxes which afforded a panoramic view of the Garrison Savannah.
There was excitement and disappointment as the winning owners shared another glass of wine or champagne with guests, while losers  similarly chose to drown their  disappointment.
The fare in every case was specially catered,  ranging from the basic cocktail bites  to more exotic fare, and in some instances presented on site by chefs dressed in their white tunics.
In the Sandy Lane box, the hosts laid out the red carpet for their specially-invited guests who included Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, Minister of Youth, Sport  and Culture Steven Lashley, Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler and Minister of Commerce and Trade, Senator Haynesley Benn.
General Manager  Robert Logan hailed it as one of the best Sandy Lane Gold Cup days in the three he has so far attended.