Almost 4000 racegoers attended the annual event which saw the Racecourse not only host an afternoon of glitz, glamour but a celebration of Harrogate’s finest welcoming new sponsors Slingsby Gin & Snooty Frox to join longstanding relationships with local radio staton Stray FM and milliner Jenny Roberts.
Guests enjoyed an afternoon of hospitality in the Slingsby Gin Ladies’ Day Marquee, where they were welcomed with a Slingsby ‘Yorkshire Rhubarb Gin’ drink on arrival with magician to the stars ‘Paul Lytton’ dazzling racegoers with his magic before performances from jazz due Frankly Jazz. There was quality action on the track including the ‘Old Mutual Wealth’ Amateur Ladies’ Derby which was this year won by ‘Our Kylie’ ridden by Laura Wilson, trained by Brian Ellison.
It isn’t a Ladies’ Day at the races without the obligatory fashion accessories and for this the Racecourse had teamed up with some of Harrogate’s finest for the ‘Best Dressed’ and ‘Best Hat’ competitions. Harrogate boutique Snooty Frox generously sponsored the ‘Best Dressed Lady’ competition which was won by Wendy Kelly from Redcar. She took home a prize pool of a £500 voucher to their Harrogate boutique along with a bottle of Slingsby Gin, flowers, champagne and £500 cash! Milliner Jenny Roberts, sponsored and judged the ‘Best Hat’ competition which was won by Judith Beckett of Astwith, Sheffield. Judith has won the ultimate prize of a private millinery taster class at Jenny’s Harrogate based studio and will walk away with her own bespoke design handmade by Jenny.
Racegoers enjoyed live music on the bandstand as the crowd enjoyed Slingby’s ‘Yorkshire Rhubarb Gin’ on the lawns as the sun shone all afternoon. Another successful day of racing enjoyed by all!