- Newly-crowned Miss Scotland, Jamey Bowers, gets more than she bargained for during one of her first jobs promoting the Lanarkshire venue’s legendary charity race meeting -
MISS Scotland, Jamey Bowers, proved she had the patience of a saint for one particular sinner as she headed to Hamilton Park Racecourse to take part in one of her first assignments as the nation’s number one sweetheart.
Jamey, 24, from Edinburgh, donned her crown and dropped into Hamilton Park to help launch the Lanarkshire venue’s hugely popular Saints & Sinners Racenight, taking place on Thursday, June 27.
She may be less than a fortnight in the job, but Miss Scotland Jamey has already attracted the attentions of many a suitor – including Hamilton Park’s very own saint and sinner hopefuls.
The Super Six fixture, which helps support more than 100 charities through the Saints & Sinners Club of Scotland, made a welcome return to Lanarkshire last year following a four-year hiatus.
And as everyone has come to expect from Saints & Sinners at Hamilton Park, the evening attracted a mix of celebrity fans, horse-racing purists and visitors dressed to impress, many of whom incorporated the famous fixture’s red and white colours into their outfits.
Miss Scotland, Jamey, said: “I am really happy to lend my support to Saints & Sinners at Hamilton Park Racecourse this year. I had never been to Hamilton Park before, but I would certainly like to return for a race meeting when I can as it is a stunning racecourse.
“Saints & Sinners is one of Scotland’s best-known race fixtures and loads of my friends have been in the past and really enjoy the night.
“As well as offering visitors the chance to dress up and enjoy an evening at the races, Saints & Sinners night also helps raise much-needed funds for numerous charities across the country.
“The weather was glorious when I visited the racecourse, where I was introduced to my very own saint and sinner duo. Let’s hope for more of the same weather on June 27th.”
In keeping with all of Hamilton Park’s meetings in 2013, racing diehards can enjoy an action-packed card featuring seven races throughout the evening, with a total prize value of £39,000.
The featured race on the night, worth £10,000, is the EBF Captain JC Stewart Fillies Handicap Stakes.
The evening meeting will also feature a carnival of entertainment including live music from Jim McMail, fire performers, dancers, jugglers and stilt walkers.
Visitors will also be encouraged to enter Saints & Sinners’ hotly-contested Best Dressed Couple competition, which this year will again feature some fantastic prizes.
Hamilton Park chief executive, Vivien Kyles, said: “We are honoured that one of Jamey’s first assignments as Miss Scotland was to visit the racecourse to launch Saints & Sinners, one of our season’s many highlights.
“The return of this important fixture last year was a real coup for Hamilton Park. Indeed, the enduring popularity of Saints & Sinners is testament to the tremendous goodwill and affection our visitors have for this special night.
“Every year, our visitors embrace the fun-filled, glamorous spirit of the Saints & Sinners evening and dig deep to help raise funds for good causes across Scotland.
“It’s no exaggeration to say their benevolence helps thousands of Scots every year through the excellent work of the Saints & Sinners Club of Scotland.”
Gates for the race meeting will open at 4.20pm and tickets priced are from £18 in advance (£20 on the night). For more information about Hamilton Park Racecourse or to purchase advanced tickets please visit www.hamilton-park.co.uk.
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