Huge crowd enjoys Exeter Racecourse’s Ladies’ Night

Leah Allen from Exmouth was judged the best dressed lady at Exeter Racecourse’s glamourous Ladies’ Night by a team of three judges from Bovey Castle who had sponsored the prizes.

Kelli Jenkins, Bovey Castle’s marketing manager, communications executive Natalie Clark-Medina and Joanna Foulkes roved the racecourse looking for the Best Dressed Ladies to contest the final and a chance to win the top prize of a night in a superior castle room for two people, with chilled champagne on arrival, three-course dinner in the Edwardian Grill and breakfast.

Nine made it through to the final judging which took place in the winners’ enclosure in front of a packed audience after the fifth race and Leah Allen was announced the winner.

“She looks sophisticated and stylish and her outfit is lovely,” commented Kelli.

Second place went to Jill Davey from Bishopsteignton with Marie Webber from Okehampton third. The best hat went to Rachel Gardner who lives in the Teign Valley with Julian Rodriguez from London winning the Best Dressed Male competition.

The racecourse attracted its biggest ever turnout for its annual evening of glamour and entertainment with local ten-piece band Joey The Lips proving hugely popular after the final race.

The evening also featured the Exeter Racecourse Intermediate Final with the Roy Smith-trained King Of Alcatraz winning by six lengths with Vicky Wade riding.

Exeter’s general manager Tim Darby said: “It was a fantastic night, the atmosphere was terrific and it was a fitting conclusion to our season at Exeter. We enjoyed a fantastic season with some truly memorable moments including Cue Card winning the Sportingbet Haldon Gold Cup and following up at the Cheltenham Festival.”

Exeter’s new season begins on Thursday, 10 October. Visit for more details.

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