ARGUABLY Scottish horseracing’s most successful event – Musselburgh Ladies Day – is moving to a new Friday afternoon slot.
Ladies Day has traditionally been held on the first Saturday in June but the East Lothian course has announced the 2010 event will take place on Friday June 18.
Ladies Day at Musselburgh has become a ‘mini Ascot’, with fashionable women and men of all ages making it a regular fixture in their social calendar.
The race day has built up such a following that this year it was sold out three months in advance of the meeting. Tickets for hospitality packages and general admission for next year’s event go on sale on Monday. (Oct 19)
Racecourse general manger, Bill Farnsworth, said: “Ladies Day has proved a success beyond all expectations and the easy thing to do would be to leave things as they are but we are always looking for ways to improve this event and offer true value for money.
“We will invest time, money and enthusiasm in making Musselburgh’s Ladies Day experience the best Ladies Day in Scotland and an even better day out for our guests and have some exciting plans in mind to achieve this. It’s been a sell out for the last three years and we fully expect to make it four in a row next year.”
Musselburgh will continue to race on the first Saturday in June (June 5 Derby Day) and plans are underway to launch a top-quality race day which will attract the best trainers in the UK.
Details of what will be Musselburgh’s richest race meeting ever will be announced shortly.
Mr Farnsworth said the new arrangements was a win-win for the track’s Ladies Day followers and regular racing customers who want to see the country’s best horses and trainers in action.
“It doesn’t get any better than having a full house at Musselburgh and we are confident that Ladies Day will continue to be a fantastic crowd puller but we also want to provide great racing for our regular race goers and the new format will do that.
“The Scottish Sprint Cup which was traditionally run on Ladies Day and was our richest race will remain on June 5 but we have even more exciting plans to make this meeting one of the biggest in Scotland and are sure it will prove a hit with seasoned race fans who love to see the big guns in action at Musselburgh.”
For details of all Ladies Day 2010 hospitality packages and tickets visit www.musselburgh-racecourse.co.uk or from Monday 19 October telephone 0131 665 2859.
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