BBC Radio 2 presenter Jo Whiley will delight racegoers with a set at Fontwell Park Racecourse.
The DJ’s eclectic taste in music will have the crowds dancing in their finery at Equiniti Ladies’ Night tomorrow
The picturesque West Sussex course, near Chichester, is hosting the earliest ladies’ evening fixture in the UK racing calender.
There will be luxury prizes on offer for the best dressed and Jo has given some tips for standing out from the crowd.
She said: ‘I’m really excited about DJ’ing at Fontwell Racecourse this Friday for Ladies Day.
‘I have just been working out my playlist and I defy anyone not to dance! I have thought really hard about the best tracks I can play to really get the night going.
‘So, do come down and enjoy it.’
As well as being a music supremo who counts the likes of Coldplay’s Chris Martin amongst her friends, Jo is also well-known for her cool sense of style.
She has given some fashion tips for those attending the event, above left.
‘I’m relishing the opportunity to dress up for the races’ said Jo, ‘and making some new additions to my wardrobe.’
Throughout the day the House of Fraser retail village will be open.
Racegoers will be able to find beauty stalls and even enjoy fashion shows.
A cash prize of £1,000 plus a luxury designer hamper is up for grabs to the best-dressed lady.
Simon Williams, executive director at Fontwell, said: ‘Jo Whiley is popular with a wide audience, having worked in the music industry for many years.
‘We’re really excited to welcome her to one of our most celebrated events and can’t wait for what is sure to be a fantastic night.
‘The evening will also play host to a competition to name Fontwell’s brand new signature cocktail and many more exciting and glamorous features.’
There is still time to get your hands on a ticket.
There are some Premier Enclosure tickets still available.
They are available from £22 if booked in advance and children under 18 go free.
There is limited hospitality availability in the Fillies’ & Fizz Pavilion and the Gentleman’s Hospitality Lounge. For more information call Fontwell on 01243 543335 or go to fontwellpark.co.uk.
Jo’s fashion tips
What would be your go-to outfit for a day at the races?
It’s more about my go-to websites and boutiques! I’m relishing the opportunity to dress up for the races and making some new additions to my wardrobe!
I usually check out Matches.fashion.com and Oxygen boutique or Farfetch.com.
Plus Urban Outfitters or Top Shop have excellent dresses and tops you can discover.
Is there a particular colour you would select?
This season there are so many outfits in gorgeous lipsmacking colours that we are spoilt for choice. I’m loving the pale dusky pinks that are around. I’d always go for pinks or blues.
What kind of dress length would you recommend?
Just above the knee seems to suit me - I prefer things that show off my knobbly knees rather than exposing other bits of me that are more wobbly.
There are some great skirts just above the ankle that look ace with the right shoe, so either short, or ankle skimming, but nothing in between.
Is there a particular shape or texture you think works well at an outdoor event?
Something that doesn’t wrinkle is a priority. Nothing too silky because in all the excitement there will undoubtedly be spillages and stains are never a good look.
Something that makes you stand out from the crowd is a must. I think it’s probably all down to colour to do that.
How do you ensure your shoes are glamorous without sinking in the grass?
Fortunately the platform or the low block heel is very much on trend. Many of these come in bright metallic blues, silvers and greens and many are jewel encrusted. Perfect for a race day and not sinking in the mud!
How would you accessorise for a day at the races?
With great shoes, jewellery and a fabulous bag. There are some very creative bags around this season that look like confectionary or gadgets with a bright, cartoon-like quality. They’re real scene stealers and can make an outfit.