Fancy frocks, funky fascinators and plenty of Pimms – it can only be Ladies’ Day at the St Leger Festival.
Groups of glammed-up women flocked to Doncaster Racecourse yesterday for an afternoon of strutting their stuff at the top event on the town’s social calendar.
While the horses and jockeys were setting themselves up to give a superb display of racing on the course, many eyes were also on the race-goers themselves for the spectacular display of stunning outfits.
One of the highlights of the day was the annual best- dressed lady competition, which was won this year by Hull’s Liz Accroyd.
But Doncaster ladies did the town proud in second and third, with Balby’s Abbey Boughen in second place wearing a black lace number with cream netting, and Kirsty Booth, from Bennetthorpe, in third impressing judges with her cream halterneck bodycon dress with oversized fascinator.
The stands were alive with an explosion of colour as race-goers dazzled with their stylish shoes, dresses, hats and fascinators.
Among them was Elaine Hilton, of Harworth, who attended with her work colleagues in celebration of her 60th birthday.
She said: “We come with work every year and it’s a nice day out for us all. We’ve done it for quite a lot of years now.
“We’re looking forward to winning on the horses, drinking lots and seeing what all the ladies are wearing. And I want a photo of me and Frankie Dettori as my birthday present.”
Indre Rebrovaite, 19, of Rotherham, said: “There are some posh outfits and then there are some totally outrageous ones.
“I’ve never been to the races before – this is my first time – so it’s an interesting experience but a really good atmosphere.”
Bonnie Painter, 39, of Bentley, said: “I’m hoping to enjoy the atmosphere here with my good friends. We’ll be drinking lots and there are some really, really nice outfits, hats and fascinators.
“But our main interest is the horses. We are all horse owners and that’s what the day is all about for us.
“For anybody who isn’t sure which horse to bet on, look for a good behind – that’s where the engine is!”