Sedgefield Racecourse is holding its annual Ladies and Gents Evening on Thursday 30th August, complete with Best Dressed Competitions and a trio of tribute acts performing live music after the racing.

Gates open at 2:50pm with the first race being run at 4:50pm giving racegoers ample time to enjoy the on-course facilities and to study the form and formulate their bets. Hoops Bistro offers excellent views of the racecourse and the raceday package includes a hospitality admission ticket, racecard, three course meal, a table for the duration of racing, table side betting service and licensed bar facilities.

Silks Restaurant is situated directly in front of the winning post and offers excellent views overlooking the racecourse. The raceday package includes, Hospitality admission, The Royal Banquet, reserved table, racecard and bar and betting waiting service.

For racegoers who prefer more informal facilities The Bistro 1927 which is located opposite the entrance turnstiles offers bar facilities and a selection of hot and cold food while The Sea Merchant Fish Shop situated in the Grandstand and Paddock area offers fish and chips, pies, burgers and pasties to take away.

As tradition dictates on Ladies and Gents evenings there are competitions for the best dressed lady and the best dressed gent. Norton based Christian Alexander, who are sponsoring the Best Dressed Ladies Competition, provide a range of Bridesmaid and Wedding Guest outfits and have a nice range of Raceday outfits available. Sedgefield based Wills Property Services, who specialise in commercial and domestic building and property maintenance, are sponsoring the Best Dressed Gent Competition.

But don’t just stay for the racing as Sedgefield have a very impressive line up of tribute acts to enjoy after racing finishes:

  • Kelly Rox is one of the country’s leading Pink and Lady Gaga tributes with an image and voice second to none delivering all of both Pink and Gaga’s hits in style including Poker Face, Beautiful Trauma and many more.
  • Mercury was formed in 1998 and since then has gone on to play theatres, festivals and high profile shows across the UK and Europe – from Holland to Hungary and from Majorca through to the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Other prestigious shows include headlining a New Year’s Eve festival in Dubai which was broadcast live to millions via MTV Asia as well as an exclusive concert for Queen’s own Roger Taylor.
  • The Stone Idols are bursting with talent and delivers a pile-driving set of excellent songs by: The Killers, Stereophonics, Muse, Kings of Leon, Oasis, Bon Jovi, AC/DC any many more.

Racegoers with an appetite to enjoy the evening to the full can then dance the night away in the disco being held in the Paxton Stand after the live acts have concluded. All in all a great day out and a fabulous competition to enter and hopefully win.

Sedgefield has been holding racedays since 1927 and the biggest day of the season is the Durham National Handicap Chase run over 3 miles 5 furlongs at the end of October or the beginning of November. This class 2 chase was won in 2002 by arguably the most famous course specialist in the history of the racecourse.

Fatehalkhair was a Chestnut Gelding who was trained by Brian Ellison. He ran 51 times under National Hunt rules and ran at Sedgefield no fewer than 24 times. His record over hurdles reads 33 starts, nine wins and eight placed runs. He ran at Sedgefield 17 times over the smaller obstacles between August 1996 and April 2004 and remarkably all nine of his hurdles victories were at Sedgefield. The total prize money he won for connections was £45,284 of which £36,012 was won at the course, with his biggest win coming in November 2001 in a Class 2 Handicap Hurdle.

His exploits over the larger fences at Sedgefield are no less extraordinary. Of the 18 starts he made over steeplechase fences seven were at Sedgefield. He won four times in total when sent chasing, with all four wins coming at Sedgefield, including the biggest win of his career in the Durham National. He won £38,895 in prize money with £24,711 coming from his exploits at Sedgefield. A true course specialist with all 13 of his National Hunt wins coming at Sedgefield.

Sedgefield Racecourse has teamed up with Eclipse Magazine to offer one lucky reader two tickets to attend Ladies and Gents Evening on Thursday 30th August. To enter the Prize Draw please fill in your details below:

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Prize Draw closes at midnight on 15th August 2018.

Main photo courtesy of Grange Photography.

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