The Jockey Club drops formal dress codes at its 15 racecourses

Swap your suits and stilettos for trainers and tracksuits! Cheltenham, Aintree and 13 other racecourses DROP their formal dress code to make racing more ‘accessible and inclusive’ – and tell racegoers to wear what ‘makes them confident’

  • The Jockey Club will no longer impose a formal dress code on racegoers
  • This decision has been made to make the sport more ‘accessible and inclusive’ 

Racegoers are free to wear what they want at the Jockey Club’s 15 racecourses after it was announced formal dress codes are being dropped in a bid to make horseracing more ‘accessible and inclusive’.

Instead of restricting racegoers from watching the action in certain enclosures based on what they are wearing, the Jockey Club has told its customers to ‘dress as you feel most comfortable and confident’.

The only exceptions to the new policy at any of the 342 fixtures staged by The Jockey Club is offensive fancy dress or offensive clothing of any kind and replica sports shirts.

Traditional morning dress or formal day wear will also still be required in the Queen Elizabeth II Stand on Derby Day.

Nevin Truesdale, Chief Executive at The Jockey Club, said: ‘Horseracing has always been a sport enjoyed by people from all different backgrounds and it’s really important to us to be accessible and inclusive.

Racegoers will still be allowed to wear suits and top hats if they want following the Jockey Club’s decision

Formal dress codes have been enforced, but that will no longer be the case

Formal wear is now optional after the Jockey Club dropped their strict dress code

‘We hope that by no longer placing an expectation upon people of what they should and shouldn’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 enjoy themselves best when they feel relaxed. A major part of that is wearing clothing which you are comfortable in.

‘While The Jockey Club has a rich heritage and history it is also a forward-thinking organisation which places a great emphasis on diversity and inclusion and always seeks to reflect modern trends.

‘So, when we reviewed this area of the raceday experience, it has been clear to us that enforcing a dress code seems rather outdated in the 21st Century in the eyes of many of our racegoers.

‘Of course that doesn’t mean we are discouraging people from dressing up for a day at the races if they want to. This is about giving people a choice and the opportunity to come racing dressed however they feel most comfortable and confident, while also bearing in mind the challenges regularly presented by the British weather.’

In the past, entry into some enclosures has required the wearing a jacket and tie while wearing trainers has also been frowned upon.

Truesdale added that the new rules should remove any ‘ambiguity or uncertainty’ about how people had to dress at the track.

The announcement comes at a time when racecourse are battling to stem a fall in attendances. The changes, which are introduced immediately, follows feedback from racegoers.

Fancy dress is allowed, with racegoers told to dress as they feel ‘most comfortable and confident’

Smart-casual clothing will also be permitted following the Jockey Club’s announcement

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