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Thousands flock to Knavesmire for Ebor Festival
10:25am Thursday 22nd August 2013 in News
THE sun shone on Knavesmire for the first day of the Ebor Festival.
An estimated 18,000 people passed through the gates at the racecourse yesterday where they saw a surprise win for Declaration of War in the £750,000 Juddmonte International Stakes and wins for North Yorkshire-trained horses Bogart and Broxbourne.
This year’s four-day event is expected to attract up to 90,000 visitors with attendance expected to peak on Saturday.
James Brennan, head of marketing at the racecourse, said: “The atmosphere has been wonderful and the sun has shone and most people have been outside enjoying the lawns.
“People have relaxed in the Yorkshire sunshine and seen Yorkshire-trained winners.
“It’s a good start to the festival, it’s great to be under way. There will be tickets and badges on the door on Ladies Day and looking at the weather, it looks a great day to come.”
The festival, which boasts prize money of more than £3.2 million, was today expecting a huge crowd for Ladies Day. A trip to Dubai is up for grabs for the best- dressed female and will be judged at the Fashion At The Ebor tent, a dedicated marquee with catwalk.
Today is forecast to be overcast with sunny spells and highs of 22 centrigrade.
Meanwhile, police have urged those attending the Ebor Festival to drink sensibly.
There will be extra patrols on duty throughout the festival and a designated route to move racegoers into the city after the event to avoid disruption for local residents.
Superintendent Aubrey Smith said: “We’ll be implementing our usual plans which are developed in partnership with York Racecourse and local licensees to ensure that the races are enjoyable and trouble-free for everyone who attends.”