Musselburgh Racecourse Ladies Day to be Saturday

Abi Lewis, left, and Julz McCurdy enjoy Ladies Day. Picture: Lesley Martin

Abi Lewis, left, and Julz McCurdy enjoy Ladies Day. Picture: Lesley Martin

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RACECOURSE bosses are looking to land a record attendance next summer as a famous Ladies Day is moved to a Saturday slot.

Musselburgh Racecourse has announced the move will be combined with the £100,000 Scottish Sprint Cup in a bid to attract top horses, trainers and capacity crowds.

The 2014 Ladies Day – also a tenth anniversary – will take place on Saturday, June 14.

Meanwhile, the prestigious Edinburgh Cup meeting will continue to be held on Derby Day, June 7, creating two summer Saturday meetings and a focal point of the East Lothian course’s Flat season.

Musselburgh’s Ladies Day has been a sell-out event since it was launched in 2004 and regularly draws crowds of more than 7000 race-goers.

It is hoped that combining it with Scotland’s richest five-furlong sprint will boost the fixture’s status further.

Bosses have stated that the course can accommodate 10,000 people, which would be a modern day record.

Musselburgh Racecourse general manager Bill Farnsworth said: “The Edinburgh Cup is always run on Derby Day but with that moving back a week to June 7, it would mean next year we face staging three big meetings in only eight days, and that could be a big strain on resources.

“To maintain the quality and appeal of our premier Flat fixtures, we’ve decided to combine Ladies Day with the Scottish Sprint Cup and settled on a Saturday date for what will be a hugely popular meeting.

“This means we will have two consecutive Super Summer Saturday meetings which will be the biggest race days ever staged at Musselburgh. Larger crowds, improved facilities, increased prize money and a better quality of racing will give us two events which will be the centrepiece of our 2014 season.”

The move has been welcomed by Musselburgh community councillor Alan Hay, who feels it will prove a benefit to a host of town businesses, with huge crowds providing a “shot in the arm” for hotels, B&Bs, cafes and restaurants.

He said: “It’s a credit to the town and looks fantastic. I can remember 20 years ago when it was close to going bust so credit must go to Bill Farnsworth and his staff.”

This year women came from all over to enjoy the glamour and frolics on Friday, June 14 and the course saw around 7000 people attend the event.

Catherine Brown, 21, from Port Seton, was named Face of Ladies Day in an Evening News-run competition.

Tickets for 2014 Edinburgh Cup Raceday and Stobo Castle Ladies Day will be available online from August 1.

To book, log on to www.musselburgh-racecourse.co.uk.