Dannii Minogue left holding the baby as ex Kris Smith jets off to Sydney with stunning model friends for work

Dannii Minogue left holding the baby as ex Kris Smith jets off to Sydney to work with stunning models

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08:05 GMT, 8 April 2012

Dannii Minogue is still coming to terms with her recent split from Kris Smith.

But it certainly won't make things any easier to see the model jetting off to Sydney to work with some of his female counterparts.

While the former X Factor judge, 40, is at home in Melbourne with their 20-month-old son Ethan, Kris is over 500 miles away at the Rosehill Racecourse in Sydney.

Keeping busy: Kris's appearance at the races comes four days after he announced his split from Dannii

Keeping busy: Kris's appearance at the races comes four days after he announced his split from Dannii

No eye contact: Kris appears on stage alongside Lauren Phillips at the Rosehill Racecourse

No eye contact: Kris appears on stage alongside Lauren Phillips at the Rosehill Racecourse

All in a days work: Kris at Fashion on the Field at the Rosehill Racecourse

All in a days work: Kris at Fashion on the Field at the Rosehill Racecourse

Making his first public appearance
with he and ex-girlfriend Dannii announced their split, the 33-year-old
made sure he didn't get too close to Lauren Phillips and Jennifer Hawkins.

As the face of Myer department stores, Kris frequently models alongside the stunning duo.

However,
last year he was forced to deny reports of flirtations with both women
after they were photographed looking cosy together.

Inconsolable: A strained looking Dannii pictured in January, and Kris, right seen arriving in Sydney

Sad times: Kris will be sharing custody of their 20-month-old son Ethan with his ex

Inconsolable: A strained looking Dannii pictured in January, and Kris, right seen arriving in Sydney

Judging a best dressed content at the racecourse this weekend, Myer bosses refused to let Kris be photographed next to former Miss Universe Jennifer.

Jennifer, who is engaged to male model Jake Wall, said last year: 'Kris is so much fun, he’s such a cool guy. He’s much more of a mate to me It’s nice.'

And while he awkwardly shared the stage with brunette Lauren, they didn't share any eye contact.

Pin-up: Former Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins was also at the races

Pin-up: Former Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins was also at the races

Stoic: Kris put on a brave face despite the troubles in his personal life

Stoic: Kris put on a brave face despite the troubles in his personal life

However, after their promotional duties, Kris kept his distance from the two women, despite their friendlier working relationship last year.

Kris's appearance at the races comes four days after he and Dannii confirmed they had split after four years together.

Dannii wrote on Twitter: 'It brings me great sadness to tell you that Kris and I have separated… our son Ethan remains our number one priority.'

Meanwhile, Mancunian model Kris wrote on his page: 'Dannii and I have a deep mutual love and respect for each other and although things have not worked out we have a gorgeous son together that we both love and implore everyone to respect our privacy at this challenging time.'

Much friendlier: Kris and Dannii in happier times with Jennifer and her fiance Jake Wall last year

Much friendlier: Kris and Dannii in happier times with Jennifer and her fiance Jake Wall last year