DJ and presenter Sara Cox will be reliving the 1980s at Great Yarmouth Racecourse

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Sara Cox Photo: Ian West/PA Wire - Credit: PA

A star jockey of a different kind is riding into Great Yarmouth Racecourse this summer – with a stable full of classic dance tunes.

Radio 2 and BBC TV presenter Sara Cox, a keen amateur horse rider as well as a professional DJ, is hosting a night of music at the seaside course's July 19 Ladies' Night.

She will DJ after an evening of flat racing and play a set featuring dance-driven music from the 80s.

Ms Cox said: 'I'm really looking forward to my visit to Great Yarmouth racecourse.

'I'll hopefully get to see some magnificent race horses before getting the Ladies' Night crowd dancing with tracks from the 80s. Who doesn't like 80s music?


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'It was the soundtrack to my generation, with classic songs from music legends. Don't miss it, Great Yarmouth.'

Racecourse executive director Glenn Tubby said: 'Ladies' Night is always a special event in our summer calendar but Sara's dance music will really be the icing on the cake.

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'We are hoping fans of 80s music will turn out in force to enjoy their favourite sounds after an evening of racing action.'

Ms Cox is well known for her festival DJ-ing as well as for her Sounds of the 80s show on BBC Radio 2.

In March a 24-hour danceathon saw her help raise more than £800,000 for Comic Relief.

She is also an equestrian sports fan and has ridden in charity races at Goodwood and beat top jockey Frankie Dettori – a regular rider at Great Yarmouth - in a training ride ahead of the QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot.

Ms Cox took part in a fun showjumping competition, Only Fools on Horses, for BBC Sport Relief in 2006.

Tickets and packages for night are £16 to £34, with group discounts for 15.

Visit www.greatyarmouth-racecourse.co.uk or call 01493 842527.

A new race for female jockeys is being held during the Ladies' Night meeting.

It is part of the eight-race Silks Series aimed at providing high profile racing opportunities for amateur and professional female jockeys, and to support Cancer Research UK.

The series has a £100,000 prize purse across nine racecourses, including £10,000 at Great Yarmouth.

There is a 75p donation from each race day ticket sold.

The series winner will be presented with the Tufnell Trophy at the final race on September 14 at Doncaster. The cup is named after Britain's first female champion jockey Meriel Tufnell.

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