Nicholas Beaumont, Ascot's clerk of the course, said yesterday that, after 'monitoring the standard of dress during the summer', punters presenting themselves to the gatemen in 'smart' jeans will now be admitted to the grandstand. Only the Royal meeting will remain denim-free.
'When the rule was brought in, behaviour was not very good on racecourses,' Beaumont said. 'The people causing trouble were very badly dressed, in filthy jeans. Since that time there's been a big swing round.'
However, rumours that Ascot's uptight gatemen will soon swap their bowlers for baseball caps seem fanciful.Reuse content