Record crowds for July Festival at Newmarket but extra special for Ely woman who beat off 750 rivals to win ‘best dressed lady’

Newmarket July Festival

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An Ely woman won a prize package worth £8,000 after beating off 750 rivals to win ‘best dressed lady’ at the three day July Festival at Newmarket racecourse.

‘Fashion at the Festival’ – sponsored by The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel – attracted a record entry.

On Thursday, the award for ‘best dressed lady’ went to 27-year-old Victoria Agombar, a beauty therapist from Ely.

Dressed all in red, she was surprised by her victory.

“I can’t believe it,” she said. “I always come to ladies day. I’ve come for the last seven years and I try to come to as many race-days as I can.”


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She said: “My hat is from Newmarket Hat Hire. I always go to them; they are lovely and really good.

“My dress is from ASOS, I found it online. My shoes are from Prada – I got them for Christmas – and I started with the shoes and decided on all red. I took the outfit to Newmarket Hat Hire and they sorted me out and put the finishing touches onto the outfit.”

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While a big occasion for Victoria, she is getting prepared for another one next month.

She said: “I’m getting married in August to Lewis Blackburn and we are honeymooning in Thailand.”

Victoria received prizes totalling more than £8,000, which included:

•A magnum of champagne from Moët & Chandon,

A £500 gift card and personal styling session with fizz courtesy of Hobbs Cambridge, an Espa Hamper and Red Star Spa Break for two courtesy of The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel,

•A £500 voucher to spend in store courtesy of L.K .Bennett

•A Ted Baker Poppy Handbag courtesy of Javelin

•A School of Chocolate Experience for two courtesy of Hotel Chocolat

•A painting courtesy of artist Jacquie Jones

•A Molecule perfume gift set courtesy of Escentrie,

•A Mercedes-Benz Driving Experience Bundle, courtesy of Robinsons Mercedes

•A bespoke hat courtesy of Laylaleigh Millinery.

Runner-up was Georgina Ball, from Ormesby St Margaret, Norfolk, replete with a pastel floral dress from ASOS, and a hat from Debenhams.

Third place went to American Toya Lane, from Mildenhall, who bought her beautiful green floral print outfit from a boutique in the States.

Newmarket Racecourses welcomed a crowd of 14,265 through the gates for Darley July Cup Day, an increase of 18 per cent on 2014.

That meant 2015 produced a record-breaking festival, with 37,218 people attending over the three days.

Amy Starkey, regional director for Jockey Club Racecourses, said: “The final day of the Moët & Chandon July meeting was excellent. The weather was fantastic for all three days of the festival and the racing was top quality.

“It is great that we saw a record crowd for the meeting and it is a step in the right direction. It certainly bodes well for the future and we have ambitions to continue to grow the meeting further.

“The racing has also been everything we had hoped. We have seen some top-class Group winners and we have also seen some impressive youngsters, whose connections will no doubt be looking to return for our exceptionally strong two-year-old programme in the autumn.”

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