FASCINATORS, sky-high stilettos and ruffles opened the races in York with a bang today.
Glamorous race-goers, dressed in their finest dresses in every shade of the rainbow, have flocked to the Ebor Festival for its legendary Ladies’ Day.
On the second day of the meeting, the focus was on the stylish night owls on the famous racetrack.
More than 80,000 race fans are expected to flock to the tracks this week.
Away from the racetracks, bold heels and statement jumpsuits and dresses are the order of the day.
And for those who look particularly good, a jury selects the best-dressed participants.
The York Gin Ebor Fashion Lawn returns for 2022 and the winner will go home with some impressive awards.
These include a luxury gin basket, a £500 voucher to The 8thSign and a VIP day for two at the 2023 Dante Festival in York.
The website states: “Combining fashion and fun, the runway is open to all and offers the opportunity to show outfits while friends cheer from the front row.
“Standside racegoers can watch and participate without having to register before the day, with a panel of judges selecting the most stylish racegoers each day of the festival.”
The exciting festival has no set dress code, but women are encouraged to wear “sports dresses, high-heeled shoes along with hats or fascinators.”
Guests are also reminded to dress “within the bounds of propriety” and to be inspired by “wedding attire”.
The racing website adds that “the most important thing is that you are comfortable and enjoying your day”.
There were fears that rail strikes this week could leave some poor players in misery.
The last round of strikes over pay is scheduled to take place on Thursday and Saturday.
The Ebor Festival in York kicked off Wednesday with Ladies Day today.
The festival promises to be a blockbuster of high profile racing and Friday sees what could be the final farewell to superstar Stradivarius in the Lonsdale Cup.
However, the bosses at York racecourse have come up with a cunning plan to help the racegoers.
A spokesman said: “The planned national rail strikes are an inconvenience and it is disappointing that the two sides have yet to find a solution.
“Overnight parking of vehicles in the car parks is free and at the risk of the keeper, provided they are picked up before 11am the next day.
“Bus services to York are strong and are connected to the frequent shuttle bus services at the station.
“York and the surrounding area benefits from a good supply of hotel accommodation for those who might decide this is the occasion to extend their visit to the city and travel home the next day.
“The richest race of the four days takes place on Wednesday, barring a strike, so sports fans can make plans to see the world’s highest rated horse, Baaeed, entered at the Juddmonte International.
“With Friday also having that particular challenge behind it, an early start to the weekend and a chance to say goodbye to the mighty stayer Stradivarius has proved popular.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6025597/stylish-racegoers-eye-catching-frocks-fascinators-york-races-ebor-festivals-ladies-day/ Stylish racegoers wear statement dresses and fascinators as they take part in the races in York for Ladies Day at the Ebor Festival