Between the 10th and the 13th of September 1st Security Solutions Ltd staff were once again ensuring that one of the most prestigious events in the British racing calendar was held without difficulty, as crowds descended on Doncaster Racecourse for the annual St Leger Festival. Featuring the world’s oldest classic race, the Ladbrokes St Leger Stakes, the Festival is a must for racing enthusiasts and the wider public alike.
Since 1776, the St Leger Stakes has been one of the most eagerly anticipated races in Britain, forming one of the five “Classics” – though the old saying states that only the best horse wins at St Leger. As such, the event has always drawn in significant crowds, with this year proving no different – in total, over 60000 people in attendance over the four days.
Whilst managing such a large crowd is by no means an easy task, the challenge is one that 1st Security Solutions Ltd excels at, and our experience in providing security and stewarding services for seven consecutive years on the trot, which means that we were able to prepare for any conceivable situation. This, together with our thorough grounding in event safety and security, meant that the Festival passed without incident, and crowds cheered ad applauded as 23 year old Andrea Atzeni rode Kingston Hill to victory, winning the St Leger Stakes by a full one and a quarter lengths.
As well as the showpiece event, other final day races included the At The Races Champagne Stakes as well as the renowned Ladbrokes Portland Handicap. Guests at Town Moor also witnessed supporting races and events during the preceding three days, all of which were of the highest class. Overall, this year’s St Leger Festival was certainly one to remember, for visitors as well as for 1st Security Solutions Ltd staff.
Our stewards will be back for the Racing Post Trophy event on the 24th and 25th of October, and guests at St Leger may recognise them at a whole host of other events throughout Doncaster and South Yorkshire, as we continue to provide safe, secure and professional event security and management services to our clients across the area.