It's been precisely a month since racing last took place here at Gosforth Park, but the racecourse is set to come back to life with a bang when the tenth Beeswing Ladies Day, sponsored this year by Collingwood Insurance, gets under way tomorrow.
The event, widely viewed as one of the most glamorous sporting and social occasions in the North East, is set to see over 20,000 ladies and gents stepping out in style to enjoy a glass of Pimms or two and some fantastic racing action.
While the ladies will be battling it out in the style stakes to be crowned Best Dressed, there’ll be a real competition on the track too.
We have 159 horses entered at this stage so we are guaranteed plenty of runners and riders across the seven race card. Owners and trainers will however be keeping a close eye on the weather as it is fairly unsettled at present following the extended spell of hot weather.
We are currently Good to Firm, Firm in places and the scattered rain showers we’ve seen this week have been welcomed. It’s looking promising for a dry day tomorrow, however there are set to be more covered areas track-side than ever before, so guests will be able to shelter from the elements come rain or shine.
The course is in tip top shape and was in much need of a good drink following the recent heat wave.
The showers have provided some relief to the groundsmen here at Gosforth Park who have had to do a fair bit of irrigating to encourage some repair and to green up the racing surface in the warm temperatures of late.
The month’s rest has helped bring the track to its best, which is needed given the busy spell of racing that lies ahead.
We race almost every week between now and mid-September so it needs to be in good condition to cope with the pounding it is likely to get over the coming few meetings as we enjoy a packed summer racing schedule. In wider racing news, we are saddened to hear that our dual John Smith’s Northumberland Plate victor is laid up for a while having picked up an injury recently whilst in training.
We hope Tominator makes a full and speedy recovery soon and hope to see him back here next June.
In the meantime, the team here is really looking forward to what promises to be another fabulous Ladies Day.
General admission tickets and limited hospitality places are still available but selling fast.
For further information about Newcastle Racing & Events or to book tickets please visit www.newcastle-racecourse.co.uk or call 0191 236 2020.
:: James Armstrong is clerk of the course at Gosforth Park.