Sasha Boyens | Meet The Ned Prix de Fashion wild cards

1 May 2023
Auckland Thoroughbred Racing

Sasha Boyens recently took out one of the four top spots in The Ned Prix de Fashion ‘Opening Round’. This now puts her in the running to take out the national final and be granted that coveted title. Keep reading to learn more about Sasha’s fashions in the field involvement thus far…


Sasha’s outfit that saw her qualify for the national final


Congratulations on qualifying for The Ned Prix de Fashion once again. Can you tell us a little bit about the gorgeous red outfit you qualified in?

It wasn’t my original plan. I decided last minute to go down a completely different path. When I saw the dress online I knew I wanted to make a pretty bold statement by going tonal. Putting it all together was so much fun.

Sasha wowed the judges on Derby Day 2019


How long have you been entering fashions in the field competitions?

Six years now. I remember when my friends dared me to enter on Derby Day one year. I was so unprepared but I was immediately hooked afterwards. My style has evolved quite a bit since then.

Is it all about the ‘sash’? What keeps you entering?

It’s a creative outlet for me. I love the process of curating something completely different every time. My husband and kids get involved with helping me too which is super cool.

You also can’t beat the thrill of winning a sash. The whole experience is awesome!

What’s your favourite raceday on the season calendar?

Derby Day. I love the black and white theme with a statement red lip.

If you could visit any raceday in the world, which one would it be?

Dubai World Cup has recently been added to my list. It was so cool to see fellow Kiwi Deborah Lambie win the Style Stakes at this year’s edition.

Sasha oncourse at Pukekohe Park


What advice would you give to people keen to start entering fashions in the field competitions but who aren’t quite sure where to start?

Give it a go! I have made some wonderful friends through competing. Everyone’s really inclusive and supportive. You will also find that everyone experiences the same nerves on stage.

It is also a cool way to see New Zealand with all of the various fashion competitions throughout the country. Getting a group together, staying in an Airbnb and getting ready together is all part of the fun!

Sasha (right) here at Ellerslie as a fashion finalist in the Newmarket Style Spotter at Jarden Melbourne Cup Day in 2020



The Ned Prix de Fashion is New Zealand’s national fashions in the field final.

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