Glam racegoers go all out at St Leger Festival just hours before events go back behind closed doors

GLAMOROUS racegoers assembled for the first time this season as day one kicked off at Doncaster Races.

And it will be a short but sweet return to the event as new Government Guidelines will force races to go back behind closed doors at St Leger from tomorrow.

Crowds made a welcome return on the opening day of the St Leger Festival on Wednesday as part of pilot scheme for sporting events.

But with coronavirus cases on the rise, the course have been instructed to cut the pilot event short with the gates set to be closed to racegoers once again from tomorrow.

Mark Spincer, managing director of Arena Racing Company Racing Division, said: “We have had confirmation this afternoon from the local authority that we will not be able to admit a crowd to the final three days of the St Leger Festival.

“The race meeting will continue on a ‘behind closed doors’ basis, as per all other race meetings currently taking place in Britain.

“This pilot event represents a hugely important step not just for our business but for the whole of British racing as well as the sports and hospitality industries as a whole.

“We do, of course, fully understand and respect the decision and will be contacting all of our customers booked for the remaining three days as a matter of urgency.

“We were pleased to work closely with Doncaster Council to set up this pilot event in the manner that we had but matters beyond anyone’s control, and the data that regarding local rates that have come to light today, mean we will not be able to welcome a crowd from Thursday onwards.

“We would, of course, like to thank all of our customers for their support in the run up to this event as well as our staff who have done a monumental job in preparing the site.”

Determined to make the best of it female racegoers pulled out all the stops in the aim to secure best dressed today.

And while hats are usually the order of the day, it was face masks at dawn for these ladies as socially distancing restrictions remain in place.

But what they lacked in lipstick they certainly made up for in style with women hitching up the hemlines and opting for bold and bright colours today.

Some had even gone as far as to coordinate their masks with their outfits making for a truly stylish statement.

In other news, we previously told you how would-be racegoers shared snaps of their ensembles during a virtual Ladies Day during lockdown.

And Royal Ascot fans dressed to the nines while staying home during lockdown.

Plus the Queen has made more than £6 million gambling on thorough bread horses.

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