CHAMPIONS WEEKEND 2014: Stakes are high at Grand Finale Best Dressed Competition

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Fashionistas will converge on The Rowley Mile for the ‘Grand Finale’ Best Dressed Competition on Dubai Future Champions Day on Friday, 17th October.

The bar has already been set high for the inaugural staging of the Grand Finale, which is autumn’s answer to Ladies Day at the July Festival, with the winners of the Best Dressed Competitions from all Jockey Club racecourses invited back to strut their stuff in the Fashion Tent.

Among the judging panel for the Best Dressed Competition – which includes sections for Ladies, Gentlemen and an overall winner – is Dubai’s top fashion designer, Huda Al Nuaimi, who is famed for her traditional designs with a modern twist and will be displaying one of her latest collections on the day. There will be a special prize for the overall winner that will be announced shortly.

The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel is once again the headline sponsor of the Grand Finale and other prize sponsors include Coast, Giulio Cambridge, Greenwoods Menswear, Laylaleigh Millinery, LK Bennett, Tweny4Seven Fitness and Wellbeing Warehouse.

This championship event in the fashion stakes sits alongside Newmarket Racecourses’ best day’s racing of the year, Dubai Future Champions Day, which boasts six Group races including three Group 1 events for two-year-olds: the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes, the Dubai Fillies’ Mile and the Middle Park Stakes.

Dubai Future Champions Day also sees the centuries-old rivalries between Cambridge and Oxford put to a new test with student riders going head-to-head in a first-ever Flat race between the two Universities. Students who present the relevant ID will be given free admittance on the day, as part of an initiative across both days of the Weekend of Champions.

Dubai Future Champions Day is the highest quality day of racing for two-year-old colts and fillies staged anywhere, in Britain or overseas. Held for the first time three years ago, the meeting features six Group races, including the £360,000 Group 1 Dubai Dewhurst Stakes, which was won by the legendary Frankel in 2010, the £200,000 Group 1 Dubai Fillies’ Mile, the £180,000 Group 1 Middle Park Stakes, the £100,000 Group 2 Dubai Challenge Stakes, as well as the Group 3 Darley Stakes and Dubai Cornwallis Stakes.


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