Fashion winner Kayleigh feels like a princess

ROYAL fan Kayleigh Imiela felt like a princess after winning an annual fashion competition at a North-East racecourse.

Kayleigh, 31, from Middlesbrough, was “absolutely flabbergasted” after winning the Best-Dressed Lady competition on Ladies’ Day at Redcar Races on Saturday.

Kayleigh, 31, who works for Yorkshire Bank, at Stockton, said: “I wasn’t going to enter until my friends said I should and I can’t believe I’ve won. There were so many beautiful ladies here, I didn’t think I stand a chance.

“I’m a real fan of the Royals and Disney and have always dreamed of being a princess so it’s a dream come true.”

Kayleigh won an overnight stay for two at Rockliffe Hall with dinner in the Orangery, a spa treatment each and a session in the Spa Garden. She also collected a Gucci necklace, bracelet and £150 gift voucher from Market Cross Jewellers, a Personal Shopping Experience and £50 voucher from Betty Leigh Boutique, and hospitality for four from The Prosecco Quarter.

More than £3,000 worth of prizes were up for grabs on Ladies’ Day with other prizes donated by Chic Hats and Orange Kerr and Beauty.

The winner of the Best Hat competition was Tracey Raw, of Redcar, who said: “I’m proper buzzing. I can’t believe I’ve won.”

Tracey, who made her own fuscia pink and baby blue hat, was second in the competition in 2017 and a finalist in 2016.

She recently turned a hobby into something more serious by launching a business called Shanley’s Bespoke Fascinators.


Following its opening meeting, the newly refurbished Catterick Racecourse will stage its inaugural Cocktails & Casino Race Night on Monday 1 July.

Seven races are scheduled for the fun-packed evening meeting, with the first race at 6pm and the last race at 9pm.

The feature race, the KC Ethical British Caviar Handicap Stakes is a qualifier for the 2019 Catterick Twelve Furlong Series Final, with an £11,500 prize fund. The race has been generously sponsored by the North Yorkshire based KC Caviar, who lead the way in ethical Caviar production.

Another local firm, Maxwell’s of Northallerton, have also sponsored a race on the evening, the Buy Bosch Appliances at Maxwells Northallerton Handicap Stakes is scheduled for 7pm.

In addition to the action on the track, racegoers can try their luck at three free-to-play ‘fun money’ casino tables in the Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure – choose from Roulette, Blackjack and Wheel of Fortune!

Singer-songwriter Elena Larkin, from Hartlepool, will treat racegoers to live music throughout the evening to enjoy in between the racing action, and a selection of cocktails will be available to purchase from the cocktail bar in the Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure.

Emma Binnian, Sales & Marketing Manager said: “We’re looking forward to our first Cocktails & Casino Race Night, giving our racegoers the opportunity to enjoy an evening of sophistication and style at the races!

“Catterick is known for offering a friendly welcome to everyone and provides a number of family fun days throughout the year, so we thought it would be exciting to put on an evening for the grown-ups!”

This fixture falls within Racing Welfare’s Racing Staff Week (26 June – 6 July) and to celebrate, the racecourse will be offering a complimentary meal voucher to stable staff working at Catterick on July 1st, in addition to the £50 cash prize given to the lad or lass with the Best Turned Out horse in each race at every meeting. There will also be a collection on the day in support of Racing Welfare.

As with all Catterick’s fixtures, a free shuttle bus will bring racegoers from Richmond Market Place to the racecourse approximately an hour before the first race and will return after the last race. Accompanied under 18’s race free and a big screen will be at the course on the day to give racegoers the best views of all the action.

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With Royal Ascot grabbing many of the sporting headlines this week, Pontefract Racecourse is keeping its feet firmly on the ground with a proper Yorkshire Family Day out with a twist. While there’s high fashion, top hats and morning suits for racing at Royal Ascot, Pontefract host a very Yorkshire ‘Flat Cap and Whippet’ Family Day on Sunday 23rd June.

Aside from some fantastic horse racing action on the track, Pontefract will be involved in a new Guinness World Records ™ attempt to create the largest human image of a dog!

With family days a firm fixture in the Pontefract racing calendar, the Racecourse is embracing it’s Yorkshire heritage and will stage whippet racing before the first race and ferret racing through the afternoon as well as encouraging racegoers of all ages to come racing and bring along their flat cap.

The exciting Guinness World Records ™ attempt will take place at 1.15pm on Sunday 23rd June and racegoers are encouraged to take part in creating the shape of a huge ‘whippet’ which will be laid out on the lawns in front of the Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure. To set the record, the Racecourse will be looking for between 500 and 750 people to get involved. Racegoers will need to make sure that they have a flat cap and will be presented with a commemorative t-shirt to wear for the attempt which they will be able to keep and cherish to remember the day!

It’s a brilliant opportunity for Yorkshire racegoers to claim their spot in history and be a part of the attempt to set an incredible record with Guinness World Records ™ as well as have a fantastic day out.