Thousands of racegoers from across the region turned out over the bank holiday weekend to experience Teesside’s social highlight of the racing calendar.
Over 3,500 people attended Redcar Racecourse’s Ladies’ & Gents’ Evening on Saturday 27th August, which included best dressed competitions, a fun casino, photo booth, and live entertainment from local band The Persuaders.
Special guest of the evening, Sarah Gething Miss Teesside 2016/17, was a member of the judging panel for the ‘Best Dressed’ competitions. She was joined by Dawn Welsh and Nicola Foy from Market Cross Jewellers, Calvin Conradie and Paul Smith from Bakers Tailoring, and Emma Maude and Amber Hall from Hays Travel Redcar.
Sarah said: “Redcar Racecourse is an absolutely fantastic venue and it’s has been a brilliant opportunity for me to get stuck in and get involved with such a great sporting event.”
The ‘Best Dressed’ competitions were the highlight of the evening and racecourse spotters mingled with the crowds to find the finalists of the ladies, gents and couple categories.
Seventeen-year-old Zachary Greenan, from Middlesbrough, took away the prize for the ‘Best Dressed Gent’, bagging himself a £400 men’s suit, shirt and tie from Bakers Tailoring and a Hugo Boss pen from Market Cross Jewellers.
The overwhelmed teenager said: “I’m absolutely over the moon to have won this amazing prize. This is my first time at Redcar Racecourse, but it certainly won’t be my last as I’ve had a brilliant day.”
Anya Allison won the ‘Best Dressed Lady’ category, winning herself a bespoke fascinator and matching bag from Lynne Young Chic Hats, a Lola and Grace collerette necklace from Market Cross Jewellers, and a cut and blow dry voucher and gift bag from Orange Kerr Hair & Beauty.
Anya, who is from Stockton-on-Tees was delighted and said: “We’ve had a fabulous day here and this has made the day extra special for me.”
The ‘Best Dressed Couple’ competition was won by newlyweds Jarred and Gina Thomas, who impressed the judges with their flawless outfits.
The couple from Redcar were in shock after discovering their prizes included his & hers Armani watches and £100 gift vouchers from Market Cross Jewellers, £100 travel vouchers from Hays Travel, Redcar, and a couple’s photoshoot including 10 images and A4 print from Eastwood Photography.
Jarred said: “I’m ecstatic! This has really made our day. I’m wearing my wedding suit which must have given us some luck because there was stiff competition.”
Redcar Racecourse’s general manager, Amy Fair said: “We had a wonderful evening and I’m so pleased to see so many people dressed up and enjoying themselves.
“The best dressed competitions have always been incredibly popular with our racegoers and this year proved to be no different, so I would like to say a special thank you to the sponsors for making it such a special occasion.”
The last Premier meeting of the season for 2016 will be the Totepool Two Year Old Trophy Day on October 1st.
Hospitality options are available from the Dine & View package in the Crow’s Nest Restaurant, which includes admission, a racecard, food and drink.
For more information about the Teesside racecourse, visit http://www.redcarracing.co.uk/.
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2016 Premier meeting:
Saturday 1st October, Totepool Two Year Old Trophy Day.
Photo: Best Dressed Couple – Jarred Thomas (left) and Gina Thomas (right), with Miss Teesside – Sarah Gething.