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Hat-trick for Lee and for the ladies; Smiles in the rain as fashion has its day.

Byline: By Daniel Thomson

THE followers of fashion may have been out in their finery for Ladies' Day yesterday, but it was jockey Graham Lee who had the broadest smile at Hexham Racecourse.

The jockey rode three winners during yesterday's sixrace card with victories in the two most lucrative races - the Cameron's Brewery Charlie Bear Cancer Care Novices Steeplechase and the totesport.com Handicap Hurdle.

The steeplechase, worth pounds 10,000, was won by a horse named Crathorne while the hurdle, worth pounds 12,000, was won by Rossing Gold.

There was a total of pounds 44,500 up for grabs. Other winning horses included Programme Girl, in the first race, Lazy Lena, in the second, and Manoubi, in the fifth.

Snappy dressers were also among the winners at Ladies' Day with prizes, including a pamper day at De Vere Slaley Hall Hotel, for the best dressed and best hat.

The racecourse in Hexham, Northumberland, was staging its last National Hunt meeting before a threemonth summer break.

A racecourse spokeswoman said: "The weather wasn't too bad. The rain held off until the final race but we kept racing. It was a really good day.

"Graham Lee had the biggest smile on his face after winning three of the six races."

Families were encouraged to enjoy a day out in the countryside after the racecourse offered free admittance to under-16s.

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For more pictures of Ladies Day at Hexham Races go to www.journallive.co.uk

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HEAD TURNERS: Sheena Murray, left, Kate Farnell and Christine McGreal enjoying Ladies Day at Hexham. Picture: Tim McGuinness www.icNewcastle.co.uk/buyaphoto ref: 00949413; SHOW GOES ON: Racing continued despite the rain.; FAMILY OUTING: Caitlin Harrison with her mum Krista.
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Date:Jun 25, 2007
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