As most of the British Flat racing fans flocked to Royal Ascot last week, on Thursday Ripon staged their own Royal Ascot of the North Ladies’ Day with Norwood lady Michelle Metcalfe being crowned Ripon’s Best Dressed Lady 2016.
One of the highlights on Ripon Races season, Ladies’ Day is up there with one of the Harrogate District’s social events of the summer – and this year was no different as more than 3,500 people turned out for Thursday afternoons race meeting.
In the Best Dressed competition final, local racegoer Michelle Metcalfe from Norwood, Harrogate, who was crowned as Ripon’s Best Dressed Lady 2016, taking home the grand prize of £1500. Michelle was wearing a stunning dress by Eliza Wyke, who is a dressmaker in Harrogate, her shoes were from the bridal boutique in Harrogate and she had them and her handbag dyed to match her hat. Her gloves were from Catherine Smith Vintage.
Michelle will now go on to represent Ripon at the Yorkshire Best Dressed Competition in October . The prizes for the overall winner includes a luxury two night break in a Spa Suite with treatments included at the Best Western Premier Mount Pleasant Hotel, Doncaster, a diamond ring, with a value of £2,500 courtesy of loveVintagediamonds.com and a £500 voucher for leading designer boutique Yasmine of Bawtry & Epworth.
On the track, Middleham trainer Mark Johnston started off the precedings with a winner under Franny Norton aboard White Tower before completing a winning trainer/jockey double in the feature race of the day The Ladies Day Handicap with Sailerais Mass.
One of the main highlights on the track was the 30th running of The Beaumont Robinson Ladies’ Derby, Ripon’s only race of the season for lady amateur riders. The race was won by Micky Hammond’s Pertuis who also won the race back in 2014. Wwinning lady rider Catherine Walton who works for Hammond-based at Middleham, was thrilled to have won one of the main races in the racing calendar for lady riders.