Winner by a head: St Leger Ladies’ Day posh hats and frocks - SLIDESHOW

AND the winner of the 11 O’Clock at Doncaster is – fashion and beauty businesses across South Yorkshire!

Town Moor was the fashion capital of the country once again as thousands donned stunning new outfits for the annual St Leger meeting Ladies’ Day.

Ready for the races: From left, Mary Barnes-Bailey, of Dunscroft, Amie Thompson, of Hatfield Woodhouse, Charlotte Greaves, of Hatfield, Katey Dent, of Bawtry, and jockey Kelly Harrison, from Newmarket.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pictures: Steve Taylor.

Ready for the races: From left, Mary Barnes-Bailey, of Dunscroft, Amie Thompson, of Hatfield Woodhouse, Charlotte Greaves, of Hatfield, Katey Dent, of Bawtry, and jockey Kelly Harrison, from Newmarket. Pictures: Steve Taylor.

SLIDESHOW: Press the play button to watch a slideshow of St Leger photos from Ladies’ Day taken by The Star’s Doncaster area photographer Steve Taylor.

The stands were alive with colour as racegoers once again did themselves proud with the most stylish fashions in shoes, dresses and hats.

Among those with plenty to celebrate was Melanie Mason, aged 39, of Lound, and her mum Lindsay Close, of Bessacarr, who own the Star Style spray tan salon on Bawtry High Street.

They have seen business booming in the run-up to the biggest event on the female social calendar in Doncaster.

Both were at the races yesterday – as they have been each Ladies’ Day for the last 10 years.

Melanie said: “I was working until 10pm on Wednesday, because people wanted tans and jewellery for today.

“We come every year – it’s a great day out with plenty of excitement and a good excuse to dress up.”

Rebecca Jackson, 23, from Bentley, was at the races for the first time.

She said she had splashed out £215 for a new dress especially for the race, one of many women splashing out on new outfits. It was her second day at the races – after winning £50 on a bet on Wednesday.

Other race-goers found cheaper alternatives to wow fellow punters at the races.

Claire de Mortimer, a GP at Darnall Health Centre in Sheffield, was at the races with a party of 12 from the practice, to mark fellow doctor Stephen Swindon’s 60th birthday.

She said: “I want onto eBay for my hat, and I’m delighted with it. It was the hat the former poet laureate Cecil Day Lewis’ second wife wore when she got married – and it cost less than my shoes or my ticket for the race.”

Leesa Smickersgill, aged 43, of Barnby Dun, won the title of Best Dressed Lady from Doncaster, for her stylish black and white outfit.

She came second in the Best Dressed Lady overall contest, pipped to the post by a rival from Redcar.

For most, Ladies’ Day was a relaxing event...

But for at least a handful, the day got off to a stressful start.

Clare Savage, 26, made the trip from her home in Clifton, Rotherham, in a minibus along with pals Amy Morris, Kylie Morris, Danielle Kenyan and Rachel Cruise.

But when they arrived, Clare realised she had left the tickets at home!

She said: “We came down in a minibus – but when we arrived I realised I’d forgotten the tickets. I had to ring another taxi to bring the tickets out to us.”

Pal Helen said: “We told her off a bit!”