Models Jodie Kidd and Caprice dazzle in Doncaster at St Leger Festival launch

A dreary day in Doncaster was brightened up by supermodels Jodie Kidd and Caprice as they helped launched this year's Cazoo St Leger Festival at the town's famous iconic racecourse.

The four-day meet, which runs from Wednesday September 7 to Saturday September 10, kicked off in style thanks to the two glamorous pin-ups.

Both sported spectacular outfits for the occasion and could be seen exploring the racecourse before the crowds filtered into the enclosures.

Jodie, 43, wore a Tommy Hilfiger houndstooth monochrome print dress with French sole flats and a Holland and Cooper white blazer. She was joined by friends on the first day of the famous event.

A first timer at the event, Jodie was excited to be back at the races before the 2022 flat season ends.

She said: “Doncaster is so easy to get to from London, I can’t believe this is the first-time I’ve visited the St Leger Festival.

"This is such a special week in the flat racing season and I’m really thrilled that I get to watch the world’s oldest classic and final leg of the revered Triple Crown. As a real lover of horse racing, this has been on my bucket list.”

She added: “I knew I was going to have a lovely day up here, but it has totally exceeded expectations. The track looks beautiful! I think the St Leger might have to be a regular visit for me from now on”

Caprice, 50, dazzled in a vintage design from the White Isle and Camilla Rose Millenary lilac statement hat.

Looking out from the balcony of her box in the Lazarus stand, Caprice praised the view and soaked up the atmosphere.

She said: ”My Mum had racehorses in California so I grew up on the tracks up until the age of 10. I have to say I have never seen a grass course before, because in the States it tends to be mainly on dirt tracks”

“It’s far more glamorous than I expected because in Cali you show up in your shorts and sneakers. I can’t wait to see all the ladies of Yorkshire don their finest for Ladies Day on Thursday.”

Jodie’s tips turned out to be gold, with everyone in the box including Caprice winning on the very first flutter.

Rachel Harwood, of Doncaster Racecourse, said: “We are seeing more interest in the Cazoo St Leger Festival than ever before, and it’s so fantastic to have both Jodie and Caprice in attendance today, we are thrilled to be hosting them.

"They join us during our last ever Wednesday meet at the festival, as from next year we will be moving the Cazoo St Leger Festival to take place Thursday to Sunday – so having them here today has made it even more special."

Ladies Day is held on Thursday September 8 followed by Doncaster Cup Day on Friday September 9.

The festival highlight is the Cazoo St Leger race held on Saturday September 10. The final few tickets are on sale now.

For information go to the Doncaster Racecourse website.

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