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Ladies Day at the Knavesmire


12:01am 23rd August 2012

Two weeks to the day after making Olympic history, Nicola Adams, is set to show the crowds at York Races her gold medal today (Thursday August 23rd 2012)

Ladies Day at the Welcome to Yorkshire is a fitting stage for the girl from Leeds who won the hearts of the nation, as well as the first ever Olympic title awarded to a female boxer.

This great sporting summer continues with four days of top quality racing action forming the richest race meeting held in the County. Visiting on the second day, Nicola will be able to enjoy the Group One Darley Yorkshire Oaks as well as savouring the atmosphere that comes with one of the biggest social occasions of the year.

Continuing the sporting theme, at 11.30am Nicola will be in the Winner’s Enclosure to help to make the draw for the stalls positions for runners in the Betfred Ebor, the famous race that shares its name with the racing festival and roman city that hosts it.

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said:

“Nicola wrote a new chapter in global sporting history and is a fiercely proud Yorkshire lass who’s a real people’s champion. We always knew she would be a world beater and fantastic ambassador for our county. So it will be amazing to see her at York Racecourse with her medals and give the people of her home county the chance to show their appreciation for her.”

Continuing the theme James Brennan Head of Marketing at York said, “ The Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival is about being the best and Nicola has proved that she is; the York crowds love their sporting champions and I’m sure they will give her a rousing welcome.”


Trainer John Gosden will run two of his powerful stable's leading fillies at York on Thursday with both The Fugue and Newfangled set for action on the track's Ladies Day.

The Fugue is one of a top-class field of seven for the Darley Yorkshire Oaks.

She triumphed in dazzling fashion in the Nassau Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on August 4 but will tackle two furlongs further in her next Group 1 race, the mile-and-a-half showpiece on the Knavesmire, worth £310,000.

The Fugue has shown a previous liking for York, having landed the prestigious Tattersalls Musidora Stakes back at the Dante Festival in May.

But she has to prove that she can beat Investec Oaks heroine Was over this extended distance and there will be stiff competition, too, from the French raider Shareta, among others.

Gosden said:

"The Fugue has been in good form since the Nassau and she goes well on the track.

"She is stepping back up in trip but she is in good order."

While racing looks forward to watching The Fugue once more, there is probably a similar anticipation surrounding stable-mate Newfangled's bid for glory in the Group 2 Jaguar Cars Lowther Stakes.

The unbeaten New Approach filly could hardly have been more impressive when streaking away to win the Group 3 Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot.

She tackles 10 rivals in the £110,000 contest and looks sure to be sent off favourite.

Gosden said:

"Newfangled seems fine. The Lowther has always been the plan - so we are sticking to it."

The Newmarket-based trainer has Camborne sitting prominently in the Betfred Ebor betting but stated that his charge 'would appreciate a drop of rain'.

Gosden's strong York team will start off with Thought Worthy contesting Wednesday's Neptune Investment Management Great Voltigeur Stakes.

The colt's full brother Lucarno won the Group 2 contest en route to success in the 2007 Ladbrokes St Leger.

Thought Worthy's last outing was in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot where he was third, beaten three parts of a length by Thomas Chippendale and Noble Mission, both of whom re-oppose at York.

Gosden assessed:

"My fellow's form is obvious - it is in the book. There is a small, elite field and it is quite a tight race - you could make a case for quite a few. The most impressive of them all may be Thomas Chippendale."

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