Thousands of racing fans flock to the classic Leger

Marley Higton, 16, of Blaxton; Holly Moorhouse, 16 and mum Kelly Moorhouse, 38, of Thorne; Hollie Winstanley, 16 of Stainforth.
Marley Higton, 16, of Blaxton; Holly Moorhouse, 16 and mum Kelly Moorhouse, 38, of Thorne; Hollie Winstanley, 16 of Stainforth.
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Racing lovers turned out in their thousands to enjoy the final day of the Leger Festival at Doncaster Racecourse.

As well as a fine array of the very best horses on show, fashion fans were not disappointed as men and women alike got dressed up to the nines for the annual event, some sporting some rather daring and eye-catching numbers.

Mark Spincer, managing director of Doncaster Racecourse, said the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival had been a hugely popular fixture once again this year, and a real boost for the town and the wider South Yorkshire region.

The meeting attracted a record crowd across the four days.

He said: “Saturday’s Ladbrokes St Leger Day brought four days of fantastic racing action to a thrilling climax at Town Moor.

“The whole occasion was a huge success with over 62,000 racegoers attending across the four days, a record number for the fixture. Many people travelled from right across the country to enjoy some great race line-ups which is of course a massive boost to the wider area.”

He added: “The success of St Leger is of course very much down to the hard work of all the team here at Town Moor who work tirelessly to ensure everything runs smoothly.

“We work hard to ensure that, year-on-year, we make the Leger bigger and better than ever.”

Regular attendee Jill Ellis, aged 31, of Fiddlers Drive in Armthorpe, said: “We come every year – you have to if you live in Doncaster!”

Friend Kerry Gruszczak, 40, of Thorne Road, Wheatley, added: “We love it, we come for the atmosphere, we love to dress up, it’s tradition.”

Also enjoying the day was Holly Moorhouse, 16, of Brooke Street, Thorne, who said: “I love it, it’s very glamorous!”

Holly’s mum Kelly Moorhouse, 38, said she had brought her daughter and friends along because ‘they wanted to strut their stuff’.

Hollie Winstanley, 16, of Lord Porter Avenue in Stainforth, added: “I feel very posh. My tip is to come a bit early, get yourself to the bar first – and the toilet!”