Parade of best-dressed ladies eye gem of a prize

TRAINERS from the fairer sex appear poised to play a prominent role when Towcester stages its Ladies’ Evening fixture tomorrow (Friday) evening, with the seven race card getting underway at 5.40pm.

A parade of best dressed ladies will be eyeing a stunning first prize, a white and rose 18ct gold necklace with a fabulous pink topaz and diamond surround worth £1,300 for the best dressed lady.

But it will be business as usual for the growing legions of women who are ‘hands on’ within the racing industry and concentrating on their equine runners.

Michael Jones The Jewellers have put up the glittering first prize which will act as an inspiration to the more chic and glamorous among Towcester’s usual enthusiastic following, who can’t wait any longer for Royal Ascot.

A subtle mix of thrilling racing action along with a chilled, melodic atmosphere, helped by live Cuban-style havana music, means the evening is certain to be an entertaining one.

Trainers such as Venetia Williams, Jennie Candlish, Pam Sly, Lucy Wadham and Claire Dyson, the latter pair having saddled winners in the last few days, will be anxious to add their own angle on a celebration party.

Grand National winning trainer Williams has always had a huge following at Towcester and could raise the odd eyebrow with her runners Double Handful and Noun De La Thinte, the latter in the 3m handicap chase.

Meanwhile Staffordshire-based Candlish will be looking to score points on all fronts with Old Style in the 2m 5f Novices’ Hurdle.

Wadham has had her Newmarket yard in hot form over the last fortnight and will fancy her chances with Approved Force in the 2m 3 1/2f handicap chase.

As well as the dazzling first prize, there will also be two runners-up awards made on the night, namely a spa break for two and a day spa for two, both at Whittlebury Hall Hotel and Spa.

After Friday night, Towcester’s final fixture until October is on the Whitsun bank holiday afternoon, May 30, when the action is due to start at 2.15pm.