Tractor driver Sammy is favourite on ladies’ day

Sammy Wade
Sammy Wade

She’s a tractor driver who’s normally covered in dust and mud.

But when Sammy Wade went to ladies’ day at Beverley Racecourse she won the prize for ‘Most Stylish Hat.’

Celebrating her 25th birthday on the same day, it was also the first time she’d ever been to a racetrack.

“I’m not normally allowed a day off work at this time of year because we’re harvesting,” said Sammy, who works for her dad at C&I Wade Ltd at Carnaby.

“But it was great to get dolled up to go out for the day.

“Normally I live in my jodhpurs covered in dust and corn and I never put on any make-up unless I’m going out somewhere.”

Sammy, who was described by judges as “super sophisticated,” won a prize of a bespoke hat or fascinator worth £250 courtesy of Whatahat.

The former Headlands School pupil, who graduated from Bishop Burton College with a degree in business and horse management, also won a bottle of Laurent-Perrier champagne in a gift set.

In the winter when not harvesting she runs a livery stable at her home in between Bridlington and Bempton, but admits to knowing very little about racing.

The last time she made plans to go to the races was on her 18th birthday but the meeting, at York, was cancelled due to floods.

She said she hoped to wear the new hat at next year’s ladies’ day. That’s if she’s allowed to go!

Meanwhile, more than 11,500 race-goers attended this year’s Journal Ladies’ Day.

Racecourse marketing manager Kate Mckee said: “It was definitely the most stylish afternoon I have ever come across.

“The fashionable crowd revelled in the sunshine, enjoying the hospitality, great atmosphere and superb racing.”