MORE than 40,000 race goers enjoyed two meetings at Chester Racecourse at the weekend.
Ladies Evening on Friday night saw a crowd of 12,600 (increased from 10,000 in 2009) enjoy a balmy summer evening’s racing at the historic Roodee.Š
Ladies Evening included the Best Dressed Lady competition hosted by Hollyoaks stars Jessica Fox (Nancy) and Stephen Upall (Ravi).Š
More than 350 ladies dressed to impress to enter the annual competition offering Šprizes worth more than £2,000.Š
Ten finalists were selected and the final prize giving took place in the newly redesigned Parade Ring.
The four winners were:
1 Ashleigh Connolly, Chester, who won £500 John Lewis at The Trafford Centre vouchers and a beauty hamper worth £500.
2 Loren Brown, Manchester, who won £300 from Coast at The Trafford Centre.
3 Suzanne Maher, Wirral, who won £100 to spend at The Trafford Centre.
4 Catherine Emanuel, Staffs, who won a meal for two at Restaurant 1539 at Chester Racecourse.
In addition to Jessica and Stephen they were joined by fellow Hollyoaks cast members Bronough Waugh (Cheryl), Glen Wallace (Malachy), Jorgie Porter (Theresa), Keiron Richardson (Ste), Karren Hassan (Lynsey) and Emmett Scanlan (Brenden) who all enjoyed an evening at Chester Races.Š
Hollyoaks sponsored the fifth race, the Hollyoaks Handicap Stakes and all of the cast members came into the Parade Ring to award the winning prizes.
Stars of Hollyoaks were not the only celebs at the races on Friday night - Coleen Rooney attended with family and friends in a private box in the County Stand.
Rob March, head of marketing and communications for Chester Race Company, said: “This evening has been a huge success, we’ve had a 20% increased attendance and everyone has really enjoyed the night.Š
“The guys from Hollyoaks have been superb, always happy to stop to pose for pictures with their fans.Š
“The response for the Best Dressed Ladies competition was phenomenal with more than 350 entrants and the judges had a really difficult decision selecting the winners as the standard was so high overall.”
The Trafford Centre Midsummer Meeting on Saturday was the busiest fixture to date this year with almost 29,000 people heading to the racecourse to enjoy a day of glorious sunshine and seven exciting races.
Saturday was also a day for celebrity at Chester Races with Ryan Thomas (Jason Grimshaw in Coronation Street) celebrating his horse’s win in the 4.20pm.
Hollyoaks stars are due to return to judge the Best Dressed Couple competition for the Ladies and Gents evening on Friday, July 9.