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Alex and Emma have the time of their lives at Redcar Races

TEACHER Alex Moore is going to have to set his new designer watch for seven hours ahead after winning the Best-Dressed Couple competition at Redcar Races with partner Emma Carter.

Alex, who teaches PE, leaves to work in China next month but he and beautician Emma plan to stick together despite being nearly 5,000 miles apart.

The couple won stylish watches from sponsors, Market Cross Jewellers, as part of their prize in the competition at Redcar’s Gin and Gents’ Evening. Emma, from Redcar, won an Olivia Burton watch while Alex, from Hartlepool, won a Tommy Hilfiger watch.

They also won a one-day hat hire from Chic Hats, a cut and blow dry with styling products goodie bag from Orange Kerr and Beauty, a bouquet of flowers and bottle of champagne.

Alex, who has been teaching at the Endeavour Academy in Peterlee, added: “It’s going to be tough being so far apart but there’ll be lots of flowers and Skype calls. China’s seven hours ahead so I’ll have to re-set the new watch.”

Emma, who works at Hair Boutique in Saltburn, said: “We decided to enter the competition a week ago – I’d bought a new dress and hat, so I told Alex he had to match me.”

Lewis Cole and Korede Akintoye, from Brotton, were runners-up, while Hannah Polasek, from Ormesby, and James McCarthy, from Redcar, came third.

The winner of the Best-Dressed Gent competition was retired tailor and gentleman’s outfitter Maurice Dunn, of Redcar, in a fetching tweed blue suit with a green check.

Maurice, who retired in 2012 after nearly 40 years managing shops across Teesside for Greenwoods, hadn’t planned to enter the competition when he arrived at the races.

“I bought the suit in York two weeks ago when I saw it on a dummy in the shop and I had my arm twisted to enter the competition,” said Maurice.

Maurice won a new wardrobe – including suit, shirt, tie, handkerchief and shoes – from Bakers Tailoring, plus a Hugo Boss watch from Market Cross Jewellers and a bottle of champagne.

Runner-up was Paul Tidy, of Saltburn, and Jack Willett, of Eston, came third.

Joe wears a gleaming smile after his 2,500th winner

EVERGREEN jockey Joe Fanning was the toast of Redcar’s Gin and Gents’ Evening after riding his 2,500th British winner.

Dublin-born Fanning hit the admirable milestone when he drove the Keith Dalgleish-trained Universal Gleam to victory in the Racing TV Straight Mile Series Handicap Stakes.

Fanning, 48, who struck up an incredibly successful partnership with Middleham’s record-breaking trainer Mark Johnston from 1990, said after the race: “It’s hard to believe it’s 2,500 winners but it’s grand to do it. I thought it might be on this horse. I’ve had a great career and it pays to have a good job with a trainer like Mark.”

Only Frankie Dettori of the current crop of jockeys has ridden more winners than Fanning, who scored his first and only Group One success on Johnston’s The Last Lion in the Middle Park Stakes in 2016. He rode his first winner in a hurdle race at Sedgefield in 1989 but his fledgling jumps career came to an end when he broke three vertebrae in his neck in a fall.

Asked to name his personal career highlight, Fanning said: “There have been so many – I’ve been very lucky.”

The race was immediately followed by an emotional win for Valley of Fire in the Every Race Live On Racing TV Handicap Stakes. The gelding, trained at Beverley by Les Eyre and ridden by Lewis Edmunds, was off the course for two years after a ruptured tendon meant it was “touch and go” whether he would ever race again.

He has gradually regained his fitness and the patience of owners Billy Parker and son Steven paid off with the Redcar victory.

Steven, who runs a utility company in Wakefield, said: “Every winner’s special but this is extra-special in the circumstances.”

Steven and wife Tracy had made it to Redcar with 10 minutes to spare after driving up from Leeds where they had attended a family dinner, partly to celebrate their eldest daughter, Denver, giving birth to a baby called Canada.

Favourite-backers got off to a good start in the first race when Lambourn raider Regal Director justified odds of 6-4 for trainer Archie Watson and jockey Brodie Hampson in the Join Racing TV Now Handicap Stakes.

The following Best Flat Races Live On Racing TV Novice Auction Stakes was won in good style by Bond’s Boy, trained at Malton by the prolific Richard Fahey and ridden by claimer Connor Murtagh.

Nirodha, trained at Newmarket by Amy Murphy, led all the way under Sean Davis, and never looked in danger in the Bakers Tailoring and Formal Hire Fillies’ Novice Auction Stakes.

The best finish of the evening came in the Market Cross Jewellers Handicap Stakes when another Newmarket raider, the James Fanshawe-trained Selino, ridden by Daniel Muscutt, just got the better of a sustained battle with Danny Tudhope on Funny Man.

The meeting came to a climax with the Mick Easterby-trained Dahik dominating the Thank You And Good Luck Becky Shaw Handicap Stakes, with Ger O’Neill having the race in the bag two furlongs out.

‘Swashbuckle Fatknickers’ wins fancy-dress prize on Caribbean Carnival Day at Redcar

GREAT-GRANDMA Janice Wilson pulled off a blooming spectacular victory in the adults’ fancy dress competition on Redcar Races’ Caribbean Carnival Day.

Judges said Janice, from Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, stood out not just because of her costume, but due to her pirate name of “Swashbuckle Fatknickers”.

Janice, who works as a senior carer, said: “I’m absolutely buzzing. I won this competition eight years ago, and it’s great to win it again. If you make the effort, then you get your rewards.”

She entered with her friend, Jon Fields, also from Middlesbrough, and helped him to dress as Captain John Longfellow.

Andrew Calder, from Eyemouth, took second place with his sharp island-inspired suit, while third place went to Liam Steer, from Hastings, who dressed as Polly the Parrot for his stag party.

The junior competition also showcased some excellent Caribbean costumes. The boys’ contest was won by eight-year-old Alfie Smith, from Eston, with his hula dancer costume, and the girls’ winner was pirate queen Rose Gleeson, who is just three years old.

Runners-up were twins Isaac and Esme Walker, both aged five, from Billingham.