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It’s time to dress to impress as Catterick Racecourse prepares for Ladies’ Day on Wednesday 28 August. Amongst the racing action, there will be fashion competitions, live music and complimentary cocktails!

The gates open at 12.20pm on Wednesday 28 August and racegoers will be keen to arrive early as the first 100 ladies to visit the Yorkshire Dales Distillery stand will be treated to a complimentary Rhubarb Gin or Bramble Berry Gin cocktail on arrival.

The first race gets under starters orders at 2.20pm, while the feature race, the Ernest Norris (1919 – 1992) Memorial Handicap Stakes is scheduled for 3.50pm.

In between races, racegoers can enjoy live music performed by Elena Larkin, a 21-year old singer-songwriter from Hartlepool and the fashion stakes are high as ladies (and gents!) have the chance to take part in fashion competitions during the afternoon and be in with the chance of winning some fabulous prizes!

Firstly, the Best Dressed Lady on the day will win a £500 voucher for a bespoke La Fille Rouge outfit of their choice. Based on a farm near Northallerton, Yvonne at La Fille Rouge makes bespoke and unique clothing, using 100% wool tweed from a Yorkshire based mill. In addition, the Best Dressed Lady will be given the opportunity to represent Catterick at the Go Racing in Yorkshire Grand Final in Doncaster on Saturday 26 October.

Kindly sponsored by the Secret Spa, near Bedale, the lady wearing the Best Hat on the day will receive a couple’s spa package worth £130 which includes two and a half hours private use of all the facilities which opened in September 2018.

Finally, there’s a new addition to the fashion programme this year as racegoers are invited to enter the Best Dressed Couple competition for a chance to win a voucher for a two-course dinner for two people at The Black Bull Inn, Moulton.

Emma Binnian, Sales & Marketing Manager said: “The style stakes are always high when it comes to Ladies’ Day; we’re very grateful to our sponsors for offering some wonderful prizes and are looking forward to seeing the fashions this year!”

With the meeting falling in the last week of the school holidays, it’s worth noting that there will be free children’s entertainment in the Course Enclosure during the afternoon and remember accompanied under 18’s race free at all of Catterick’s fixtures!

Adult tickets start at just £5 for the Course Enclosure, or £15 for the Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure. Tickets are available to purchase on the day, while advanced booking discounts are available online on www.catterickbridge.co.uk.

There is a free shuttle bus which brings racegoers to the racecourse from Richmond Market Place. The bus leaves approximately one hour before the first race and will return after the last race.