Ladies Day at Newbury Races this weekend (14th) - and the first female commentator ever to call a race will take to the microphone

Written by Niki Hinman.

Dani Jackson is to commentate on the very first race of the day, a charity race in celebration Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee to raise funds for the Injured Jockeys Fund.  

Racegoers will also have the chance to hear from some leading sporting figures before the live action starts with their Panel of Pioneers featuring, Lioness captain Katie Zelem, Gold curling medallist, Eve Muirhead and leading jockey, Hollie Doyle talking about their personal journey into their sport. 

The star attraction of the afternoon, the Group 1 Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes run over Newbury’s straight mile and worth an impressive £350,000 in prizemoney is the first middle distance race of the season, designed for older horses. 

Won by some great horses in the past, including the legendary Frankel (2012), Ribchester (2014) and most recently by Palace Pier (2021), the very first running of the race was won by Her Majesty The Queen’s horse, Pall Mall in 1958, who also won back-to-back wins of the race.

Lovely Laura and DJ Ben Santiago who will take to the stage after the last race to get you in the summer mood with some brilliant dance tunes. 

Gates open at 11.15, with the charity race at 12.35 and first official race at 13.35.  

To book tickets, visit or call 01635 40015.