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Racegoers dress to impress at Redcar Racecourse

Thousands of racegoers from across the region turned out this weekend to experience Redcar’s hottest event on the racing calendar.

Nearly 3700 people attended Redcar Racecourse’s Ladies’ & Gents’ Evening on Saturday which included best dressed competitions, a fun casino, photobooth, and live entertainment from local band The Persuaders.

The best dressed competitions are always a highlight of the evening, and racecourse spotters mingled with the crowds to find the finalists of the ladies, gents and couple categories.

Edward Price from Bedale, took away the prize for the ‘Best Dressed Gent’, bagging himself a £400 men’s suit, shirt, and tie from Bakers Tailoring of Middlesbrough, a Hugo Boss ballpoint pen from Market Cross Jewellers, and a gift pack from Orange Kerr Hair & Beauty.

Collecting his prizes and waving at his friends, Edward said: “This is brilliant! It’s better than winning on a horse!

“I’ve been telling everyone all day that I was going to win and I have which is absolutely fantastic. It’s made my day.”

Stacey Simpson won the ‘Best Dressed Lady’ category winning herself a beautiful Ladies’ Michael Kors watch provided by Market Cross Jewellers, a bespoke hat and matching bag from Chic Hats and a cut and blow dry voucher, gel nails voucher and gift pack from Orange Kerr Hair & Beauty.

Stacey, who wore the winning outfit from River Island, is from Marske. She was overwhelmed to win the prize and said: “I feel so lucky to have won. I never expected it because there are so many beautifully dressed ladies here today.

“The inspiration for my outfit came from my favourite season of the year, which is summer, so I obviously chose a lot of bright colours.”

The ‘Best Dressed Couple’ competition was won by Lewis Bennett and Kennedy Young who impressed the judges with their creative colour coordinated outfits.

The blushing Redcar couple were in shock after discovering that their prizes included a Ladies’ Swarovski necklace and earrings, and a men’s Armani watch, both from Market Cross Jewellers, a location photo shoot by Eastwood Photography and a cut and blow dry voucher from Orange Kerr Hair & Beauty.

Kennedy said: “This is incredible. I feel so overwhelmed because there are so many great outfits here today. I’m surprised we were even spotted.

“I don’t even have my ears pierced but for Swarovski earrings I think I might have to get them done!”

The judges of the best dressed competitions were Nicola Foy, accounts manager of Market Cross Jewellers, Calvin Conradie and Paul Smith, manager and owner of Bakers Tailoring.

Redcar Racecourse’s general manager, Amy Fair added: “It’s been a wonderful evening and we are thrilled to see so many people dressed up and enjoying themselves.

“The best dressed competitions were a fantastic pleasure to be part of and I would like to thank the sponsors for making it such a special occasion.”

The last feature meeting of the season for 2015 will be the Totepool Two Year Old Trophy Day on October 3rd.

There are many hospitality options from the Dine & View package in the Crow’s Nest Restaurant to racegoers’ packages including admission, a racecard, food and drink.

For more information visit: http://www.redcarracing.co.uk/race-meetings/saturday-3rd-october-totepool-two-year-old-trophy-day

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