Course's delight at big crowd
Organisers were delighted by the success of their Ladies Day meeting – even though the racing was abandoned.
A total of 7,000 tickets, one of the largest pre-event sales in recent memory, had been sold for the event at Leicester racecourse.
After the deluge at the end of last week, course officials decided to refund all the ticket money and make the day a free event.
The highlight was an evening concert by the 80s bands Heaven 17, ABC and Belinda Carlisle.
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More than 4,500 people turned up, mainly on buses and taxis as the Oadby course's grassed car parks were waterlogged.
General manager David Makyels was delighted by the response.
He said: "We carried on with the day showing racing from Sandown, Haydock and Beverley through the entire course plus the two giant screens. We used the turf commentary and used Tim Peters as our MC building up the races.
"Eleven bookmakers attended for just the £17 levy fee, along with the Tote, and all had massive queues.
"All hospitality continued and I don't think I have ever seen such large queues at the Tote window in the full restaurant."
Bookmakers were also happy with the day. Daren Wentworth added: "I am sure I speak for all of bookmakers that it was an excellent day."