Alex Ferguson at York Racecourse as Ebor Festival gets underway

The former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has a chat with jockey Ryan Moore ahead of the Juddmonte Stakes at the Ebor Festival

A group of recent graduates celebrate a winner on Emily Purvis’s 21st birthday

Cafolin Cambell with her hat from Sharper Milliners

Joanne Batchelor and Debbie Whiting cheer their horses

Taking a breather at York Racecourse

Jane Hernon with her hat from Eleda

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SIR Alex Ferguson was among a crowd of about 18,000 at York Racecourse when the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival got under way yesterday.

The former Manchester United boss turned up to see Telescope - which he part-owns - compete in the richest race ever staged at York, the £800,000 Juddmonte International.

The horse finished third, behind the Grey Gatsby in second place, with the race won by Australia.

Racecourse spokesman James Brennan said the attendance was slightly up on the same day last year, with racegoers avoiding showers despite threatening clouds. "It got quite warm when the sun came out," he said.

Today, which is Ladies Day, is set to be cloudy and cool with outbreaks of showery rain, perhaps heavy, but also brief bright intervals, especially later. Tomorrow and Saturday are set to enjoy bright or sunny spells, with the possibility of some showers.

Fashion is always top of the agenda at York Races, and yesterday an edible dress was unveiled, complete with an accompanying jockey, which was made entirely fromYorkshire summer produce.

The skirt was made from savoy and red cabbages and festooned with growing herbs and edible flowers and there was a Yorkshire pudding hat and handbag.

Nick Fazackerley, of York Racecourse Hospitality, said it was inspired by the course's commitment to local produce and home cooked fresh food produced on a grand scale for the expected 80,000+ racegoers.

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11:50am Thu 21 Aug 14

Justin7 says...

Prepare the city centre for drunken idiots!
Prepare the city centre for drunken idiots! Justin7
  • Score: 19

2:37pm Thu 21 Aug 14

CHISSY1 says...

Justin7 wrote:
Prepare the city centre for drunken idiots!
I have noticed there have been a lot of violent incidents in York recently and they were not on race days,just usual drunken yobs of York.
[quote][p][bold]Justin7[/bold] wrote: Prepare the city centre for drunken idiots![/p][/quote]I have noticed there have been a lot of violent incidents in York recently and they were not on race days,just usual drunken yobs of York. CHISSY1
  • Score: -2

10:40pm Thu 21 Aug 14

courier46 says...

Day 2 and no comment in the press about drunken yobs,have we turned a corner?
Doubt it!
Day 2 and no comment in the press about drunken yobs,have we turned a corner? Doubt it! courier46
  • Score: 3

12:14am Fri 22 Aug 14

MouseHouse says...

get him back to old trafford so he can continue the job of undermining managers. ha ha ha
get him back to old trafford so he can continue the job of undermining managers. ha ha ha MouseHouse
  • Score: 3

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