Fashion and fillies at July Festival

July Festival at Newmarket Racecourse.
July Festival at Newmarket Racecourse.

ENJOY a feast of world class racing and stunning fashions at many people’s favourite summer race meeting.

The Piper-Heidsieck July Festival – running from Thursday, July 12 to Saturday, July 14 at Newmarket Racecourses – is the region’s most stylish summer event, with visitors donning their finest clothes to complement and enhance the unique garden party atmosphere. And the best dressed can win an array of fantastic prizes in ‘Fashion at the Festival’.

On the track, some of the finest thoroughbreds from around the world compete for their share of £1.2 million prize-money and the ultimate glory in some of Europe’s top summer races.

The racing is top class every day, with the peaks coming on day two (Friday) and day three (Saturday), when the biggest races are staged.

Thursday is Goldsmiths Ladies’ Day, when the Princess of Wales’s Goldsmiths Stakes is the feature race.

Abu Dhabi Day on Friday features the Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes, run over a mile and one of the season’s top races for three-year-old fillies and their elders.

The day also features the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Cherry Hinton Stakes, a key race for two-year-old fillies, and the Abu Dhabi Harwood International Arabian Racing Stakes, one of the most important races for purebred Arabian horses.

Saturday takes the excitement up one final notch with the running of the Festival’s glittering centrepiece, the Darley July Cup.

The Piper-Heidsieck July Festival is also the focal point of a wider Newmarket Festival which sees a broad range of events taking place in and around the town.

Tickets are Premier £40 (standard), £36 (telephone/post), £32 (online); Grandstand & Paddock £23, £20.70, £18.40; Garden £10 (no discounts). Book on 0844-579-3010 or online at

The Citizen has five pairs of tickets to give away for the Grandstand & Paddock. To be in with a chance of winning, answer the following question: What is the total prize money up for grabs at the Piper-Heidsieck July Festival?

Put your answer on the back of a sealed envelope or postcard, along with your name, address, a daytime telephone number and email address, and send it - marked JULY FESTIVAL COMPETITION - to the Citizen at 11 Union Street, Wisbech.

Entries can also be emailed to

Closing date is 10am on Tuesday, July 3.