Stunning summer sunshine puts smiles on 7,000 faces at Totepool Ladies Day
Perth’s Ladies Day lived up to its promise by delivering one of the most memorable meetings at the racecourse in recent years, with 7,000 racegoers enjoying a glorious Thursday afternoon in the sun.
The huge crowd savoured perfect weather and everything Totepool Ladies Day has to offer, with eight competitive races supported by big fields on the track and stacks of fun and entertainment across the venue.
There was a special buzz throughout the day and the crescendo peaked when Lovely Laura and Ben Santiago entertained the crowd live from the main stage after racing, with thousands of racegoers staying on to party into the summer evening.
Perth Racecourse management praised the huge crowd for contributing to a fantastic occasion, as well as its own team including the ground staff for helping prepare the course for eight races in under four hours.
Hazel Peplinski, Perth Racecourse Chief Executive, said: “What a wonderful Totepool Ladies Day we all enjoyed – both the racing and the wider entertainment was lapped up by the big crowd, with the stunning weather the perfect backdrop to it all.
“Again we must thank our committed grounds team for all their hard work in preparing the track for what was an even bigger card than usual, with eight races really well supported by owners and trainers and enjoyed by racegoers, some of them sampling the sport for the first time.
“I’m not sure I’ve seen a crowd enjoy entertainment after racing quite like this year’s Ladies Day crowd did when Lovely Laura and Ben Santiago took to the stage, which was a brilliant way to end the day. It was a huge success overall and we can draw on all these positives as we plan ahead for our next two big events – Gold Cup Day and our new Saturday meeting, both in June.”
Totepool Ladies Day also saw some racegoers rewarded for their fashionable outfits. The Grand Lady prize, sponsored by Holland Cooper, went to Perth girl Samantha O’Connor who walked away with the £2,000 prize. Best Dressed Male was Andrew McMahon, winning £750 of Slaters Menswear vouchers and Best Headwear of the day went to Karen Lovie, earning two pieces of headwear worth £500 from sponsor Louise Georgette Millinery.
Meanwhile the Breast Cancer Now charity will benefit from significant funds raised at Totepool Ladies Day – more than £6,000 was donated by kind-hearted racegoers, as the charity spread awareness of its cause.
Jonathan Duke, Senior Community Fundraising Manager, Breast Cancer Now said: “Over 4,600 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and around 1,000 people die from the disease in Scotland each year. We believe that research holds the key to stopping women dying of breast cancer, and whilst progress has been made there is so much more still to do.
“Ladies Day has been raising funds in aid of Breast Cancer Now for over eight years and this year the event raised over £6,000 to help fund our life-saving research which will help us reach our aim that, by 2050, everyone who develops breast cancer will live – and live well. We’re incredibly grateful that Perth Racecourse continues to support Breast Cancer Now and we would like to thank local people who gave so generously on the day.”