Falling at the final furlong: Some York racegoers look worse for wear as they are helped out of the course by friends, stewards and police following a boozy day out
- Racegoers enjoyed boozy day out on the second day of the York races yesterday but for many it got too much
- Some guests at Ladies Day were looking less than glamorous by the evening after a day of betting and bars
- They were carried by their friends and even police, as first aiders had to tend to those that had gone too far
Punters enjoyed a boozy day out at York races but for many it clearly got too much as they were helped off the course after a long day of betting and bars.
Guests at Ladies Day were looking less than glamorous by the evening after the second day of the Yorkshire Ebor Festival had taken its toll on some.
They were photographed being carried by their friends and even police, as first aiders had to tend to those that had gone too far.
Earlier guests were pictured arriving to the festivities in a flurry of frills, fascinators, daring necklines and towering heels, as they enjoyed the beginnings of the predicted heatwave.
Formally known as Yorkshire Ebor Festival, the races take place in York, and kicked off yesterday with Juddmonte International marking the start of the four-day festival.
Guests at Ladies Day were looking less than glamorous by the evening after a day enjoying betting and bars and it had clearly taken its toll on some, like this young woman
Others had to be helped on their feet after they appeared to have enjoyed a day on the booze
This woman was led away by police as thousands of spectators let their hair down on the second day of the York races
This man had clearly had too much as he had to be tended to by a first aider
One racegoer said: 'It was a fantastic day, but the drink goes to some people's head and York has the cheapest champagne at any racecourse in Britain.
'The fun and frolics in the sunshine for some people just proved too much. 'It was a magnificent day of fantastic racing, but some ladies and gentlemen rather let themselves down.
'It's getting worse year on year, with some of the sights you'd expect at Aintree turning up on the streets of Yorkshire.
'It's a flat race meeting, but many of the fillies fall at the first hurdle after consuming far too much fizz.
'The bubbles evidently go to their heads and while the police were escorting one man away, a small child was looking on in amazement.
'These people tend to lose all inhibitions and if sober they would probably never act like that in front of little children - it's simply appalling.
It had all got too much for some, as this woman, clearly emotional, was looked after by a friend
This racegoer appeared to have borrowed her partners suit jacket as she left the course looking a little worse for wear
The punter almost lost her footing and slipped out of her heels as she left York races yesterday evening
'For many it's the start of a long Bank Holiday weekend - I shudder to think what their livers will be like at the end of it.'
Glamorous racegoers had earlier taken part in fashion shows on the Ebor Fashion Lawn, with prizes for Best Dressed Lady, Best Dressed Gentleman, Best Dressed Couple, Best Dressed Child and Best Hat.
As the races ended it was hi-jinks with racegoers clearly the worse for drink taking refuge in a golf buggy, while another lady was helped towards her home by members of the St John's Ambulance brigade.
Another woman found a young man to give her a piggy back as the revellers left the racecourse for the myriad of pubs, bars and restaurants in York city centre.
This woman, wearing a borrowed suit jacket, took off her heels as she was helped along by a steward
A racegoer carries this woman on his back after she removed her high heels and replaced them with flip flops
This racegoer removed her shoes and was helped along by two friends as they made their way off the course
One punter adjusts the strap on her shoes after a long day at the races took its toll