The St Leger festival is one of the most prestigious events in the British horse racing calendar, and revellers certainly brought the glitz and glamour on Ladies Day.
Towering heels, fancy fascinators and very daring necklines were all on show as thousands of women arrived on the Doncaster racecourse for Yorkshire’s biggest social occasion on the second day.
Attendees were seen parading around in their finest frocks, while they sipped on champagne and Pimms at the event, before posing for a series of photographs.
With over 15, 000 due to attend, fashionable ladies from across the region upped their efforts to stand out in the style stakes, in a bid to claim the coveted Best Dressed Lady crown and win a mysterious ‘bumper prize package.’
Cheers! One reveller was sure to brighten up the Doncaster racecourse as she posed with friends donning a bright orange off-the-shoulder dress
Hats off! Two beauties opted for a more neutral look and donned dresses which featured plunging necklines as they arrived at Ladies Day
Fancy fascinator! Another took the plunge and opted for a comic-inspired dress, which featured various much=loved superheros
The winner of the coveted title will then go on to represent Doncaster Racecourse in the final of Yorkshire’s Best Dressed Lady in October of 2019.
And the glamorous guests certainly pulled out on the stops, turning the grounds into a sea of bright colours thanks to their eye-catching frocks and extravagant headpieces.
Following a day of fantastic fashion and world-class racing fashion, revellers will have the opportunity to watch a DJ Set from former Spice Girl, Melanie C.
DFS Ladies Day will see Silk Series final, a flat race series specifically for female jockeys. The 2017 and 2018 Silk Series was won by Megan Nicholls, the daughter or former Champion National Hunt trainer Paul Nicholls.
Strike a pose! Racegoers worked the camera, before heading off to the course to watch an afternoon of world-class racing unfold
Pretty in pink! Lace was a popular choice for the day – and few were photographed without an extravagant headpiece
Fashionistas from up and down the country upped the fashion stakes in a bid to win the coveted ‘best dressed’ crown at Ladies Day
Picture perfect! Many racegoers opted for glamorous makeup as well as daring outfits in the hope of being crowned ‘best dressed’
Bold in blue! Another racegoer opted to brighten up her outfit with an orange clutch bag and matching hat
Something for everyone! One lady took a selfie with her glamorous 91-year-old grandmother at the festival earlier today
Three women beamed as they posed for a snap ahead of the races at Doncaster Racecourse today
A trio of women struck a pose in monochrome outfits at the St. Leger Festival. The best dressed will be crowned Best Dressed Lady crown
Some of Doncaster’s best dressed displayed their credentials with stunning and decadent fascinators for the afternoon of fun
For those in the Grandstand and Family enclosure, there is no particular attire necessary. However, if heading to any of the County Enclosure or Private hospitality, gentlemen must wear a ‘collared shirt’ and ladies are to be smartly dressed. No trainers, sports wear or jeans are allowed.
If staying in the Premier Enclosure or and Restaurants, a jacket and tie is required for men, whilst ladies are asked to wear ‘smart’ attire. Again trainers, sports wear or jeans are not allowed.
The St Leger Stakes takes place between Wednesday 11 and Saturday 14 September and ever since its foundation in 1776, it has been one of the biggest events in Doncaster’s social calendar.
Saturday will mark the exciting climax as the World’s oldest Classic race features as the centrepiece of the day.
In 2018, the festival saw Kew Gardens, trained by Aidan O’Brien, secure the win for the sixth time at the St. Leger Festival.
Over time, the four days of racing have expanded into a 10-day festival, celebrating 2,000 years of Doncaster’s history and culture across the town every September.
The festival programme has more than 200 events alongside the race meetings – including the spectacle of Roman soldiers setting up camp at the Minster and marching through town.
Revellers can also attend a free rock concert, see special shows at the town’s theatres and have a ride at the funfairs by the racecourse.
Enjoying a tipple at the races! A group of glamorous women donned their finest attire to enjoy the afternoon of world class racing