Ripon racegoer wins best dressed prize

A smartly dressed Ripon Racecourse winner proved to be the best of the best when she came out top in the annual Go Racing In Yorkshire Awards.

Friday, 13th December 2019, 11:05 am
Lisa Longden (second left) receiving her prizes as best dressed lady
Lisa Longden (second left) receiving her prizes as best dressed lady

Lisa Longden beat all comers to be named best dressed lady overall in a celebration of Yorkshire racing at York Racecourse.

She won a diamond ring worth £2,000 from lovevintagediamonds, a two-night stay in a spa suite, for two adults at the Best Western Mount Pleasant Hotel and a £500 voucher for ladies’ boutique Incognito, in Bawtry.

Head judge, Helen McIlroy said: “It was a tough decision as all the ladies had made a fantastic effort, but we loved how Lisa’s effort went together. It was a very classic look which really worked.”

Following lunch, raceday presenter Adele Mulrennan and Yorkshire commentator Malcolm Tomlinson took to the stage to present the awards.

It was also a first for both the winner of the leading jump trainer and jockey in Yorkshire for the 2018/19 jump season. Catterick based Philip Kirby took the honours as leading jump trainer, while Barbara Butterworth picked up the trophy on behalf of Sean Quinlan, who was riding at Newcastle, and took the top spot among the jockeys.

Wendy Hoggard, from White Rose Saddlery, made the presentation for the Go Racing In Yorkshire Future Stars Apprentice Series, which had a back-to-back winner for the first time. Kieran Schofield who won this award in 2018 fought his way to the top of the table with two winners and managed to stay at the top throughout the season.

The leading flat trainer award was fiercely competitive throughout the season, but it was Richard Fahey who came out on top with 73 wins.