Tuesday 3rd September 2019
Ladies' Day returns to Thirsk this Saturday
Fashion is the order of the day as Thirsk Racecourse stages its annual Ladies' Day fixture this Saturday, September 7.
Best Dressed Lady, Gentleman and Best Hat competitions will take place throughout the day and everyone is encouraged to take part and be in with a chance of walking away with one of the fabulous prizes on offer.
There is availability for all enclosures including the bespoke The Ladies' Day Lawn Marquee, which is the place to be if you are looking for fine food, great atmosphere, trackside viewing and live music.
All the information needed by new and existing racegoers can be found on our website, where tickets can be bought, along with many special packages. Tickets can also be purchased by calling the booking line on 01845 522276.
Meanwhile, the action on the track is sure to be competitive with just over £106,000 on offer across the seven races, making it Thirsk's most valuable fixture of the year.
Newmarket trainer Chris Wall is eyeing a three-timer with Dramatic Device (9st 10lb), who is one of 23 entries for the £20,000 Calverts Carpets Hambleton Cup Handicap (4.50pm) over 12 furlongs.
Formerly owned by Godolphin and trained in France by Andre Fabre, Dramatic Device posted victories in a novice race over 10 furlongs at Leicester in July and a 12-furlong Newmarket handicap on August 23, when he pulled clear in the closing stages to win by two and a half lengths.
Wall said today: "Dramatic Device is in good form and could run at either Thirsk or Ascot.
"He has had a good season so far and kicked off with a fourth at Leicester, was narrowly beaten in a handicap at Newmarket and then won a novice at Leicester on his penultimate run.
"We stepped him up to 12 furlongs at Newmarket last time and, in what looked a competitive race on paper, he won quite decisively and clearly improved for the step up in trip. He settled nicely, showed a nice turn of foot, and was still running on strongly at the finish.
"He clearly has stamina and a little bit of speed to go with it. We are looking to see if we can get him to win in slightly better company and we will make a decision regarding Thirsk or Ascot later this week.
"Dramatic Device is best on a galloping track and doesn't want extremes of ground."
Other in-form runners among the entries include Baasem (Owen Burrows, 9st 8lb), who has won his two latest starts by an aggregate of 21 lengths, and the Ed Walker-trained Garbanzo (10st), successful on four of his last five outings on the Flat. Ralph Beckett has engaged promising three-year-olds Future Investment (9st 5lb) and Rowland Ward (9st 1lb).
There are two other £20,000 contests - the British Stallion Studs EBF Handicap (3.40pm, 14 entries) over a mile and the seven-furlong Personal Touches Fillies' Handicap (4.15pm, 15 entries).
Owner Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum is doubly represented among the entries for the British Stallion Studs EBF Handicap by Maamora (Simon Crisford, 9st 7lb) and Nahaarr (William Haggas, 9st 5lb). Dubawi filly Maamora scored decisively on her latest start in a mile handicap at Sandown Park on July 31, while Nahaarr has won four of his five starts in 2019.
Excellent Times (Tim Easterby, 9st 9lb) is the headline entry in the Personal Touches Fillies' Handicap following her 66/1 success in a valuable fillies' handicap at York's Ebor Festival on August 22.
Racing gets underway at 1.55pm and ends at 5.25pm.
The going at Thirsk is currently Good, with the outlook for the week overcast but mainly fair.
All accompanied children aged under 18 gain free entry to Saturday's fixture.
There will be an exit collection raising money for Breast Cancer Care.
Free parking is offered and the racecourse is less than a mile from Thirsk Station, from where a free shuttle-bus operates.