Mauritius holiday awaits Pontefract’s best dressed lady

Jockey Ryan Moore steers Convey to victory in the feature race at Pontefract's last meeting. Picture: Alan Wright.

Jockey Ryan Moore steers Convey to victory in the feature race at Pontefract's last meeting. Picture: Alan Wright.

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Racing and fashion combine in the annual Pontefract Ladies Day on Wednesday (August 3).

Courtesy of RIU Hotels and Resorts, there will be an all inclusive, week long holiday for two to the Le Morne resort in Mauritius for the best dressed lady on the day. The prize includes return flights from Manchester.

The search for the best dressed lady will start the minute the gates open at noon and numbered cards will be allocated to 100 lucky finalists before the judging gets underway at 1pm.

The course is urging anyone wishing to be considered for the best dressed lady competition to make sure they arrive early. There’s an added incentive to arrive early as the first 500 ladies through the premier enclosure will get a free glass of bubbly and a buttonhole.

There’s also some great action on the track. The feature race is the £15,000 tiesplanet.com - Ladies Love Guys In Ties Handicap, a high class race for three year olds.

Local bookmakers Jayne and Steve Robinson sponsor the supporting one mile handicap.

There’s a real variety of races on the card as the EBF and the Friends of Francis Hamilton team up to sponsor the £8,000 six furlong maiden for two year olds.

Tim Easterby’s Still On Top took the race last year and went on to be placed in the big two year old trophy race at Redcar.

With the ‘Plus 10’ promotion making this race worth £18,000, there’s bound to be a useful juvenile or two lurking among the runners.

Motorpoint have recently opened a new branch off junction 32 and they sponsor the opening race on the card for gentleman amateur riders to advertise their new showroom.

There is plenty going on for the kids with the special Mad Hatters Tea Party. It’s the 151st anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland this year and to celebrate, the course will be hosting a giant street party in the silver enclosure. Mums and dads looking for things to do can book their children in to the party for just £10. There will be a range of activities and garden games run by a qualified crèche.

With the Park Suite Restaurant, marquee and hospitality boxes already fully booked on Ladies Day, racegoers are encouraged to book their tickets and badges early to avoid disappointment.

For more details visit www.pontefract-races.co.uk or ring 01977 781307. Racing gets underway at 2.10pm.