Words and pictures by Sara Waterson

An innovation this year was the Charity Ladies’ Sweepstakes which closed proceedings on Ladies’ Day. The aspiring jockeys pledged they would raise a minimum of £5000 for the day’s official charity, Cancer Research UK, and there was fierce competition from the 136 applications for the final 12 places. Course Director Edward Gillespie admitted it had been a hard task to choose. See photos