Our Alex Nation a trackside sensation By Andrea Kellett

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From reality TV sensation to fierce Frankston Bombers footballer and now spring racing glamour girl, the ever-versatile Alex Nation knows how to rock an outfit for every occasion.

The radio host and long-time Mornington Peninsula model, who captured the nation’s attention when she won The Bachelor Australia 2016, stepped out in style at Mornington Racecourse on November 5 as the 2017 Face of Ladbrokes Peninsula Cup Day.

Alex, 26, announced the news to her 101,000-plus Instagram followers on November 3, posting an image with the Graeme Begg-trained Emoji at Mornington: “Having been a Mornington Peninsula gal for over 15 years now, it is an absolute pleasure to be named the face of Ladbrokes Peninsula Cup.”

She said she was thrilled to take on the home-turf role. “I’m so excited because I’ve been a local girl for many years now. I moved from Echuca to Mornington when I was 10 years old so this has been my heart and my home for many years, and I’m raising my son here as well.  Keeping it local is so important to me because we’re such a good community so I’m really excited to be part of this.”

Does she love the races? “Yes, I love the races. I got to experience my first big race day last year coming off the back of the show and the energy when you’re watching a race is so much fun and vibrant.  Everyone gets so excited.”

As for her trackside attire, that’s come a long way, she told Mornington Peninsula Magazine. “It was funny because I haven’t been to the Cup (in Mornington) since I was 16 and back then I wore a fluro boob tube dress and I thought I was the absolute bee’s knees!” she said.  “I had a wonderful day. I saw so many familiar faces, people I’ve grown up with.”

Alex judged the digital Main Street Mornington Style Stakes, now in its second successful year featuring a custom-made digital photo studio for contestants. She wore a stunning ensemble by Alpha-Be The Label and joined fashion retailer Erica McPherson, from Fiona’s of Mornington, and local milliner Felicity Northeast to judge hundreds of colourful entrants.

The feature winners were Brianna Shaw (Ladies), Joshua Woodhouse (Lads), Stephen Perryman (35 & overs), Brenton McAlpine, Adam Lang and Chris Davey (Squads) and Karlie Owen (Millinery).

More than 8000 racegoers turned out for Ladbrokes Peninsula Cup Day under a perfect spring sky.