Musselburgh Ladies Day: Girls soak up the sun

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THOUSANDS of racegoers soaked up the sun on Saturday at this year’s Ladies Day at Musselburgh Racecourse.

A total of 9,000 glamorous women – and men – helped to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the popular event.

Musselburgh Racecourse Ladies Day. Picture: Ian Jacobs

Musselburgh Racecourse Ladies Day. Picture: Ian Jacobs

Ladies Day also hosts Musselburgh’s richest race of the year, the £100,000 William Hill Scottish Sprint Cup.

Radio Forth presenter Grant Stott was Master of Ceremonies at the Stage Bar Marquee, where the finals of the Fashion in the Field competitions reached an exciting conclusion.

Ashley Stewart, from Edinburgh, was crowned the 2014 Debenhams Queen of Style and collected a £3000 cash prize, while Dot Anderson won the Most Stylish Hat competition.

Racecourse bosses estimated racegoers spent more than £800,000 on their outfits for the biggest fashion day in Scottish sport, including the cost of dresses, hats, fascinators, handbags, shoes, accessories and flowers.

Musselburgh Racecourse commercial manager, Sarah Montgomery, said: “Each year we say Ladies Day can’t get any better but it does and its popularity seems to keep growing. It was our largest ever attendance in the modern age and we could have sold hundreds of more tickets if we had the capacity.

“The effort and thought that went in to the outfits worn by racegoers was truly outstanding and Stobo Castle Ladies Day is established as the place to see and be seen during the summer sporting season. Tickets for 2015 Ladies Day went on sale yesterday and they are already flying out the door and we are gathering our breath and getting ready to do it all again next year.”

Racecourse general manager, Bill Farnsworth, added: “The Scottish Sprint Cup is Musselburgh’s flagship race day and we are absolutely thrilled to have the long-term backing of the UK’s No 1 Bookmaker William Hill.”