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Glam racegoers go all out as festival returns after last year’s closed off event

Glamourous racegoers went all out at Doncaster Racecourse in South Yorkshire today as the venue was finally open its doors for the return of its famous St Leger Festival.

More than 5,000 punters piled through the gates for day one of the four-day event, the premier highlight of the flat racing season.

Last year's festival was due to be a government pilot event with crowds in but plans changed after the first day due to a sudden spike in Covid cases so it was held behind closed doors for the remaining three days.

Now that restrictions have lifted, female racegoers were determined to make the most of the day as they stepped up the style stakes for Legends Day at the racecourse.

Face masks were ditched as fascinators and fancy frocks were the order of the day as fans bathed in glorious 29C heat.

Thursday, which will be Ladies Day and Saturday, which will be Leger Day, are expected to be the busiest two days of the festival and cops have stepped up patrols in the area.

Supt Cherie Buttle, of South Yorkshire Police, said: "St Leger is a fantastic event, and we are as pleased as everyone else to see the crowds returning to Doncaster.

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"After a difficult 18 months, it feels like a little normality is returning.

"We are fully prepared for the festival, with plans in place to support the organisers and our partners, to ensure the safety of people heading to the racecourse over the next four days."

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The Cazoo St. Leger festival is back, as the world's oldest Classic kicks off at the Doncaster Racecourse in Yorkshire from September 8th till 11th.

St. Leger festival is a major highlight in the British horseracing season as it's the final race in the British "Triple Crown", which also includes the 2,000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket Racecourse and The Derby at Epsom Downs Racecourse.

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The Cazoo St Leger has been won by some legendary horses throughout the decades with the last event being won by Galileo Chrome, an Irish thoroughbred, and Tom Marquand, his jockey.

Read our 'Here's what you need to know about the St Leger Festival' for more information.

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