Natalie's outing sets off to the races, with Jack, Vera, Les, Janice, Ravi, Audrey, Fred, Leanne and Vik. Vera hopes that Jack won't get too excited. Audrey buys a new hat for the occasion. Desperate to go to Cornwall to see the eclipse, Toyah tries to get Curly and Spider to make up their differences but neither will apologise so Curly goes alone. Emily agrees to help Mike out at Underworld on the condition she isn't taking Deirdre's job. Ravi takes Audrey into the Members Enclosure but frustrated Fred isn't allowed to follow them as he's not a member. Deirdre is amazed when Blanche comes to stay. She disapproves of Deirdre leaving Underworld and is horrified to discover Ken working in a supermarket. Betty's Hot Shot is running so out of sentiment, Jack puts £100 on her, thinking it may be the last horse he ever backs. It comes first, winning him £800. Audrey is horrified when Fred stamps on her hat to prevent it blowing away. Back in Weatherfield, Jack suffers a heart attack in front of horrified Vera.
- Fred Elliott - John Savident
- Audrey Roberts - Sue Nicholls
- Betty Williams - Betty Driver
- Jack Duckworth - William Tarmey
- Vera Duckworth - Elizabeth Dawn
- Les Battersby - Bruce Jones
- Janice Battersby - Vicky Entwistle
- Natalie Barnes - Denise Welch
- Leanne Tilsley - Jane Danson
- Vikram Desai - Chris Bisson
- Curly Watts - Kevin Kennedy
- Mike Baldwin - Johnny Briggs
- Toyah Battersby - Georgia Taylor
- Rita Sullivan - Barbara Knox
- Maud Grimes - Elizabeth Bradley
- Spider Nugent - Martin Hancock
- Emily Bishop - Eileen Derbyshire
- Vinny Sorrell - James Gaddas
- Deirdre Rachid - Anne Kirkbride
- Blanche Hunt - Maggie Jones
- Maxine Heavey - Tracy Shaw
- Ashley Peacock - Steven Arnold
- Tom Ferguson - Tom Wisdom
- Ken Barlow - William Roache
- Linda Sykes - Jacqueline Pirie
- Judy Mallett - Gaynor Faye
- Coronation Street exterior
- Rovers Return Inn - Public and back room
- 1 Coronation Street - Back room, kitchen and hallway
- 3 Coronation Street - Back room and kitchen
- The Kabin
- Freshco - Car park
- First appearance of Blanche Hunt since 29th January 1999 following Maggie Jones's illness.
- The racecourse sequences were recorded on location at Haydock Park.
- TV Times synopsis: The Rovers' regulars have a day at the races, but could the excitement be too much for Jack? Deirdre’s mother makes a surprise appearance.
- Viewing Figures: UK broadcast - 13,890,000 viewers (6th place - combined figure including repeat).
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