The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)

Bumper week ahead for Perth Racecourse

Ladies Day to add touch of glamour as course stages back-to-back meetings

- Paul reoch preoch@thecourier.co.uk

Perth Racecourse looks set to attract bumper crowds with two events taking place next week, one which will feature fashion guru and stylist Gok Wan.

The back-to-back meetings continue the racing season at the venue with On-Course Bookmakers Evening on Wednesday, followed by the most glamorous event of the Perth calendar – Ladies Day – on Thursday.

Bookmakers Evening is regarded as ideal for novice racegoers, students and experience­d punters alike.

With tickets on sale for just £5, racing rookies can chance their luck and be guided through the competitiv­e card of jump racing by Perth’s resident race day presenter, Jim Delahunt.

The class four £10,000 Handicap Hurdle is certain to be the racing highlight of the night.

The evening meeting also promises a lively party atmosphere, a host of local produce including a selection of artisan ales and craft beers from Perthshire breweries.

Celebrity stylist Gok Wan has been lined up to crown the best-dressed lady and award her a £2,000 cash prize at the annual summer Ladies Day on Thursday.

He 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 and summer trends in a fashion show.

Ladies are also urged to don their finest fascinator­s and headpieces as there will also be a prize for the best hat.

Fashion-conscious gents will be in with the chance of scooping a prize too, with the best-dressed male given an award.

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.

“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.”

There will also be live entertainm­ent throughout the day, with Tay FM’s Stuart Webster hosting the main stage.

Tickets for the Bookmakers Evening are priced at £5. Gates open at 4.30pm and the first race is scheduled for 6.05pm, with the last race taking place at 9.05pm.

Ladies Day grandstand tickets are available at £25 and are selling fast. Gates open at 11.30am.

The first race is scheduled for 2pm, with the last race taking place at 5.20pm.

For more informatio­n, visit www. perth-races.co.uk.

Our bestdresse­d 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. HAZEL PEPLINSKI, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF PERTH RACECOURSE

 ?? Picture: Gareth Jennings. ?? The Johnstone family from Perth at last year’s Ladies Day.
Picture: Gareth Jennings. The Johnstone family from Perth at last year’s Ladies Day.

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