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Ladies are the favourites at Brighton Racecourse
And they’re off!
Glamorous dresses, fizzing champagne and a host of beautiful ladies were in abundance at a sun-soaked Ladies Day at Brighton Racecourse yesterday.
A glistening sea of fashionable females flocked to the famous racecourse for the second day of the track’s annual August festival, backed up by a tantalising card of quality flat racing action.
More than 4,500 people made their way through the turnstiles, guzzling thousands of glasses of champagne as they watched trainers and jockeys compete for the top prizes on the track.
And the hotly-anticipated event didn’t just welcome winners of the equine kind – the winner of the Best Dressed Lady competition scooped a beautiful white and gold diamond necklace.
On fine form elsewhere, a trio of Brighton beauties set the standard with eye-catching outfits.
Charlotte Stringer, 22, flourished with a black Ted Baker dress while her 19-year-old sister Chantal opted for a Zara number.
Their friend Victoria Sinden, 20, looked the part in an outfit from online retailer Boohoo.
Charlotte said: “There’s a really good atmosphere here.
“I’ve not had a winner yet but the sun is shining and we’re having fun, so it doesn’t matter.”
Birthday girl Liz Bylett, 50, came to Brighton from Kent to celebrate her big day trackside with her friends.
She said: “We all got a minibus here and try to come each year.
“It’s a real laugh having my friends with me to celebrate my birthday. Ladies Day never fails to deliver.”
Jessie Scott, 26, showed off her fine fashion sense with a Zara dress while sister Sarah, 29, wore a Miss Selfridge dazzler.
Hayley Clark, 29, also looked the part in a pink Dolce and Gabbana eye-catcher.
She said: “Ladies Day is great. It’s a good excuse to get dressed up and spend a day in one of the best racecourses around. We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for lots of winners.”
On the turf, the big race of the day was the Brighton Challenge Cup at 3.50pm.
The cool £12,450 winning prize pot went to connections of the Angmering-based trainer William Knight and his 9/1 entry Beacon Lady, mounted by the talented Darren Egan.
Stuart Doorn, manager of the course, described the day as a fantastic success.
He said: “We’ve had record numbers of people through the door and even had to rush out to buy more champagne due to the popular demand.
“Thousands of people have seen some really good racing here today and were treated to appearances from world-class jockeys like Ryan Moore, who hails from Brighton himself.
“We’ve had a really great festival so far and we look forward to welcoming people back during the rest of the season and next year too.
“On the whole, it’s been a fantastic success.”
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