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INSIDE TRACK WITH JAMES ARMSTRONG - JULY 2017

Fri, Jul 28, 2017

Four relatively short weeks on from the Stobart Rail Northumberland Plate, the Collingwood Insurance Beeswing Ladies Day (29 July) is upon us at Newcastle Racecourse.

Ladies Day is billed as the North East’s social event of the year, and with year on year growth, this much loved and prestigious social occasion continues to be of major economic importance to both the racecourse and the wider region as a whole.

Looking back on the Northumberland Plate Festival, the three-days of high quality racing were a unanimous success, and personally I must give immense thanks to fellow ARC colleagues Fergus Cameron and Paul Barker who provided much needed cover on Friday Evening and Saturday so that I was able to be present for the birth of my first child.

The £150,000 Stobart Rail Northumberland Plate went to the James Fanshawe trained, Tom Queally ridden, Mrs Martin Armstrong owned Higher Power. Fanshawe had previously trained the winner of the race 22 years earlier (1995) with Bold Gait, and had also seen Travelmate denied by the narrowest of margins by Far Cry in an epic battle in 1999.

The second running of the £75,000 Betfred Northumberland Vase was surprisingly a little light in numbers, but produced a tough, gritty winner in the shape of the useful Ian Williams trained dual purpose performer London Prize, whilst the other feature race winners during the Festival included Constantino, Line Of Reason, More Mischief and Koropick.

Koropick provided jockey Josephine Gordon with her first ever Group race success in the Chipchase Stakes, and in addition to the feature Beeswing Handicap, Collingwood Insurance Ladies Day brings the latest leg of The Silk Series (2017) to Newcastle Racecourse. The Silk Series (www.thesilkseries.com) is a brand new £100,000 race series exclusively for female jockeys across nine ARC racecourses showcasing talent and also supporting Cancer Research.
The Ladies of the North East commonly spend weeks and months planning their outfits and itineraries for Ladies Day, so with fingers very firmly crossed for a settled spell of weather, we look forward to welcoming over 20,000 racegoers to Gosforth Park. As always, there promises to be a real buzz and hive of activity around the racecourse, with many fantastic prizes on offer for the Best Dressed Ladies, including return flights to Dubai courtesy of Emirates.

The event also features a host of live music acts performing throughout the day, including the fantastic House Of Sax, who will be playing live after racing on the Grandstand Lawns, before the party continues on site in the Border Minstrel and finally onto the ‘Official After Party’ at Aveika on Newcastle’s Quayside.

We have a variety of general admission packages on offer (some of which are likely to sell out), so please check with the racecourse in advance to avoid disappointment. Further details on how to book tickets for any of our upcoming fixtures are available at: www.newcastle-racecourse.co.uk.

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