RACING POST SUNDAY JANUARY 22nd 2012
RACING POST WEEK MONDAY JANUARY 16th TO SUNDAY JANUARY 22nd 2012
TODAY'S CARDS Fairyhouse. Market Rasen. Kempton Park.Towcester.
TALK OF THE TRACKS pages 10-12
THE DOT OF SHAME. BY TOM KERR
Ascot forced to apologise over dress code stickers. "It was a mistake to get people to wear stickers"
"Ascot was forced to make an 'unreserved apology' to racegoers who failed to measure up to the track's strict new dress code yesterday and were controversially asked to wear small orange stickers to show they had been told their attire would not be acceptable at future meetings.
"The stickers, handed out to racegoers collared by stewards at the escalators leading to the premier enclosure, had the unintended consequence of causing embarrassment to those who were not wearing correct attire for their enclosure, leading one racegoer who wished to remain anonymous to dub them the 'naughty boy badges'.
"By the end of the day,
Ascot officials appeared to have realised the folly of their stickers. 'I totally admit in retrospect it was a mistake to make people wear stickers and we unreservedly apologise,' said PR Nick Smith." .....
ALASTAIR DOWN " Away from the action I am afraid
Ascot yesterday will be remembered for a piece of rank stupidity that was both inept and offensive. This week the track announced a tightening of dress codes for the racecourse and whilst most of the attention in the national press focused on fascinators at the royal meeting the new rules also included a provision that male racegoers in the premiere enclosure should wear a jacket and tie.
"One cynic observed that stickers were cheaper than providing miscreants with a small bell and instructions to mutter 'unclean' as they made their tieless way around the course ......
"The course committed a monumental public relations blunder that belonged to the dark ages."
JMC TURFCALL A clue maybe to remind of much worse than one monumental blunder. This whole country and all the people and animals living in it are all being ripped off, governed, by attitudes that belong in the dark ages as this one so accurately portrays.