The Jockey Club has removed dress codes at its 15 racecourses as it seeks to make racing more “accessible and inclusive”.
Following a review of dress codes and feedback from race goers, the Jockey Club, which counts Cheltenham and Epsom among its tracks, will encourage spectators to “dress as they feel most comfortable and confident” with effect immediate.
Chief Executive Nevin Truesdale said: “Horse racing has always been a sport enjoyed by people of all backgrounds and it’s really important to us to be accessible and inclusive. t wear we can help highlight that racing really is for everyone .
“For those who visit our venues, a day at the races is all about spending quality leisure time with friends and family and we believe people have the best fun when they’re feeling relaxed. An important part of that is wearing clothes that feel comfortable.”
“While The Jockey Club has a rich heritage and history, it is also a forward-thinking organization that places a strong emphasis on diversity and inclusion and always seeks to reflect modern trends.
“So when we reviewed this area of the race day experience, it became clear to us that enforcing a dress code seems pretty dated in the 21st century in the eyes of many of our race goers.”
“Of course, that doesn’t mean we’re discouraging people from dressing for a day at the races if they want to. It’s about giving people the choice and opportunity to come race dressed however they feel most comfortable and confident.” , while also taking into account the challenges regularly presented by the British weather!”
‘Clothing is the ultimate expression of individuality for many’
While the change was made official in 2023, Truesdale stressed that a significant number of accessories already work without dress codes.
He said: “It’s a common misconception that a day at the races has always required you to dress a certain way, regardless of the event. In fact, even on high-profile days like the Cheltenham Festival, that simply hasn’t been the case. “. the case and our only recommendation has been to dress appropriately for the weather.
“By making the decision not to impose dress codes at any of our 15 racetracks, we now hope to remove any ambiguity or uncertainty and simply let people know that no matter what they feel comfortable with, they are welcome to join us at a race day
“For many, clothing is the ultimate expression of individuality and by removing the need to dress a certain way, we hope to show just how inclusive we believe our sport is, as well as being a fantastic and exciting day.”
The Jockey Club has ruled that “offensive costumes or offensive clothing of any kind and replica sports shirts” are exceptions to the new policy, while the Queen Elizabeth II stand in Epsom will also continue to require morning wear or formal day wear. Derby Day.