On Thursday 9th September, stylish racegoers returned to Doncaster Racecourse for one of the Cazoo St Leger Festival highlights – Ladies Day. Drawn by the competitive racing, striking fashion, delicious food, unbeatable atmosphere and, of course, the popular Style Awards, this year, the most stylish racegoer won a total prize worth £1,000.
Taking place on day two of the prestigious Cazoo St Leger Festival, stylish outfits and beautiful headwear were worn in abundance on Ladies Day as racegoers put their best shoes forward to impress the judges of the annual Style Awards, which was open to all to enter. This year, the Style Awards judges want racegoers to embrace #FearlessFashion – the theme for the competition – and dress in all the colours of the rainbow as the track looks to show thanks to the NHS and key workers.
The winner of the Style Awards was Gail Eden, from Doncaster, a frontline NHS nurse for nearly 30 years. She made her dress and hat herself to celebrate the achievements of the NHS and her shoes and bag were from a charity shop. Gail wore a dress covered in rainbows and looked stunning at the racecourse today.
Bosses recently recruited Sarah Kate Byrne, stylist to ITV Racing’s host Francesca Cumani, to school revellers in how to glam up in style for the big occasion, in a bid to rival ladies day at Ascot, Cheltenham and the like.
Rachel Harwood, Executive Director of Doncaster Racecourse, said: “With Covid putting a halt to many special occasions and events, Ladies Day has given people a much-needed excuse to dust off their favourite outfit from the back of the wardrobe. It’s amazing to see all of our customers looking fantastic, particularly this year, when no one’s had much of a reason to put on anything fancy!”