A WET and windy Ladies Day didn't stop the fashionistas of Yorkshire from showing their colours at the Knavesmire.

Racegoers turned out in force for the highlight of York Racecourse's season, and besides the racetrack action there was fierce competition on the "Best Dressed Racegoer" competition.

The racecourse's marketing manager James Brennan said: "Ladies Day always has a bit of a different feel, and we have felt a bit sorry today for the ladies who planned their outfits for the better weather we had earlier in the racing season.

"We've made the best of a fairly unseasonable day, and hopefully people can still go home with some good memories and photographs of themselves and their friends in their outfits."

The trackside filled up in the gaps between heavy showers and fans enjoyed the racing despite the unlucky weather.

Yesterday, Sheila Derbyshire, from Sheffield, was crowned the overall "Best Dressed Festival Racegoer", and walked away with a short break for two to the Marriott Hotel in Dubai, including a trip to the races at Meydan Racecourse.

Sheila will go on to represent York at the Go Racing in Yorkshire Best Dressed final in Doncaster in October.

The weather forecast is looking more promising for the rest of the Ebor meet, James added.

"It looks like it could warm up on Saturday, which could encourage people making their plans for the weekend, or buying that last minute hat."

Tomorrow's racing action will also see the meet's fastest race - the Coolmore Nunthorpe - when Cowthorpe trained Borderlessscott has a chance of his third win in that race.