Double fixture set to be a winner at Perth Racecourse
Perth’s On-Course Bookmakers Evening and Ladies Day continue the 2017 season in style
After the success of the opening Perth Festival, Perth Racecourse is now looking ahead to its back-to-back meetings this month. Perth’s On-Course Bookmakers Evening will take place on Wednesday 17 May ahead of the most glamourous event of the racing calendar, Totepool Ladies Day on Thursday 18 May.
Kicking off the double feature and marking the first evening meeting of the racing calendar, Perth’s On-Course Bookmakers Evening is ideal for novice racegoers, students and experienced punters alike. With tickets on sale for just £5, racing rookies can chance their beginners luck and be guided through the competitive card of jump racing by Perth’s resident raceday presenter Jim Delahunt.
The Class 4 £10,000 Handicap Hurdle over 3 Miles is the most valuable race on the card, and sure to be a racing highlight of the night. The evening meeting also promises a lively party atmosphere, a host of delicious local produce and a selection of artisan ales and craft beers from nearby Perthshire breweries.
The annual summer Ladies Day takes place on 18 May. The most glamorous event in Perth’s racing line-up, those attending this year will have to up their style stakes as celebrity stylist Gok Wan will be crowning the Best Dressed Lady and awarding her a £2000 cash prize live on stage. Ladies are also urged to dawn their finest fascinators and headpieces, as there will also be a prize for the Best Hat.
Fashion forward gents will be in with the chance of scooping a prize too, with the Best Dressed Male also awarded on the day.
Hazel Peplinksi, chief executive at Perth Racecourse said: “Year on year, our Ladies Day continues to attract an enthusiastic crowd who really do dress to impress. Our VIP tickets have completely sold out, and we are looking forward to welcoming our stylish guests to the track.
“Sponsored by St John’s Shopping Centre, our Best Dressed Lady is the biggest best dressed cash prize in Scotland, and we are thrilled that Gok Wan will be doing the honours and crowning this year’s winner. I have a feeling that the competition might be even stiffer than usual!”
Gok will also be bringing his popular Fashion Brunch Club to the racecourse for VIP guests to enjoy. The stylist to the stars will share his insider know-how and industry secrets, as well as showcase the latest Spring/Summer trends in a fabulous fashion show.
Celebrating 25 years in business, leading Dundee based hair salon McIntyres will be joining Gok at Perth Racecourse. Having already partnered with the Fashion Brunch Club across Scotland this year, the talented team at McIntyres will be creating show stopping styles for the live catwalk.
There will also be a series of live entertainment throughout the day, with Tay FM’s Stuart Webster hosting the main stage. The Soul Kings will kick start the proceedings with a performance in the morning, with a Take That tribute band closing the show.
Tickets for Perth’s On-Course Bookmakers Evening are priced at just £5. Gates open at 4.30pm and the first race is scheduled for 6.05pm and the last race at 9.05pm.
Ladies Day grandstand tickets are available at £25 and are selling fast. Gates open at 11.30am so those hoping to be in with the chance of winning the Best Dressed Lady are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment. The first race is scheduled at 2pm and the last race at 5.20pm.