John Gibson: The biggest day out for the ladies

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I’ve come hotfoot, twinkle-toed from my salsa class with info straight from the horse’s mouth.

Ladies Day, Musselburgh’s gem on the racing calendar, having been set for Saturday, June 14, will this year pull a record capacity crowd of 9000 thanks to the marquee they’ve installed in the centre of the course

Tickets are still available for what’s sure to be a sell-out but to handbag a throwaway £30 brief you’ll have to do so online or call in person at the office down by the seaside.

Thirty quid sounds like a giveaway when compared with the newly-increased £100 for a one-day ticket for the Royal Enclosure at Royal Ascot. Says Musselburgh’s commercial manager Mary-Ann Sandercock: ‘‘We’re a million miles away from Ascot, never in the same league, and your comparison may sound fatuous but the women at Musselburgh do make an admirale effort. They look good and they’re fashion-conscious.

‘‘The men? You may well spot the odd top hat, maybe even tails. You couldn’t say thay dress down but the day unquestionably belongs to the ladies.’’

Afterwords . .

Sir Stuart Rose, inextricably associated with Marks & Spencer and director of nine companies: “I find the whole concept in the 21st century of belonging to a club that is male-only just rather strange. I’m a member of a couple of clubs but they’re open to all.”