Sandown to revise dress code after snubbing racegoers with white trainers | Horse racing news

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Two racing fans were initially refused entry to Sandown’s most expensive enclosure because of their shoes

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Sandown has pledged to review its dress code provisions after significant criticism on social media greeted the news that two racegoers were initially denied entry to the track’s most expensive enclosure because of their shoes.

Racing Post tipster Paul Kealy revealed on his Twitter account that “two perfectly well-dressed young ladies” had been told they couldn’t enter the Sandown Premier compound because they were wearing trainers.

They were described by Kealy as “the cleanest you’ve ever seen”, but the white trainers contravened advice given on Sandown’s website.

The two racegoers were eventually allowed entry after further scrutiny by another member of staff, but their initial rejection reignited the debate over racetrack dress codes.

ITV and Sky TV channel Leonna Mayor wrote on Twitter: “No trainers on racecourses… apt. Maybe there won’t be many left if the racing industry doesn’t pull up its socks .which no one seems to be wearing anymore.”

Shane Anderson, who previously hosted television coverage of Melbourne’s top races on, reacted by posting: “Stuck in the Dark Ages. Embarrassing.”

Stephen Pollard, editor of The Jewish Chronicle, told his nearly 36,000 subscribers: “It’s a sport that has a death wish. I love racing but sometimes I really hate it.”

Another user of the platform, Tom Barkley, tweeted: “Come and race they say. . The longer the elitists stay the same, so will the race. It’s really bad.”

A Sandown spokesperson said: “A dress code is in place for the Premier Enclosure and it is part of the role of our teams on race day to try to ensure this is followed. However, we take take into account today’s comments and will now consider it for future appointments.

Outlining the Premier Enclosure’s current dress code on its website, Sandown says: “Guests are expected to follow our smart casual guidelines and encouraged to dress for a special occasion. Men are advised to wear collared shirts , polo shirts or polo neck sweaters. Dress pants, chinos and dress jeans are acceptable. Hats and fascinators are welcome but not essential. Please note that fancy dress, shorts, sneakers, sports and flip flops are not allowed.”

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