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Booze, boobs and brawls the wildest moments from Royal Ascot’s craziest Ladies Days

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For over 300 years Royal Ascot has been one of the most prestigious days on the racing calendar, with Ladies Day being the highlight of the five days.

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However, the elegant event can often be disrupted by the three B’s – boobs, booze and brawls, which have sometimes shadowed proceedings over the years.

Royal Ascot is known as the favourite track of the royals, with her majesty the Queen in attendance every year since she first went with her parents in 1945, aged 19.

Ladies Day is also Gold Cup day, which sees a fortune staked in bets, while punters dress to impress.

Gold Cup day sees a fortune staked in bets, while punters dress to impress
Gold Cup day sees a fortune staked in bets, while punters dress to impress (Image: Charles Knight/REX/Shutterstock)

The event is a typically boozy affair, with many likely drinking to celebrate or commiserate a flutter on the horses.

But an alcohol fuelled day in the sun has resulted in the event becoming as famed for its tempers flaring as it has for its stylish dresses over the years.

Many believe that the social fixture, once a prestigious highlight of the summer season, is becoming as bawdy as the meetings at Aintree and Cheltenham.

This is the moment Royal Ascot racegoers got caught up in a massive brawl.
This is the moment Royal Ascot racegoers got caught up in a massive brawl. (Image: SWNS)

In 2011, a massive brawl broke out on the concourse, with images widely circulating of a man armed with a £100 champagne bottle entering the fray, as the punches flew.

Terrified racegoers fled to avoid being struck by stray punches as the drunken group, some egged on by female friends, armed themselves with bottles and chair legs.

The men, who had been drinking £98 bottles of Laurent Perrier Rose Champagne, ended up being pulled apart by members of the military.

A woman is ejected by the police during Ladies Day for being drunk and disorderly
A woman is ejected by the police during Ladies Day at Ascot Racecourse for being drunk and disorderly (Image: PA)

Despite strict rules on alcohol and drugs now in place to stop scenes like this from happening again, that didn’t stop two women in 2015 who were arrested for assault and being drunk and disorderly at the popular event.

Six arrests were made on Ladies Day in 2015, including a third woman was arrested on suspicion with intent to supply prescription drugs, however, she was later released without charge.

Racegoers enjoying their day out during Ladies Day
Racegoers enjoying their day out during Ladies Day (Image: Getty Images)

The race meeting in 2017 was overshadowed by a mass brawl involving a topless, fat, bald, reveller.

Traveller David Eves was filmed swinging fists while bare chested.

The viral video ended with Mr Eves chasing another man, shouting ‘let’s finish this off’.

Mr Eves later claimed he had got into a scrap with two oil brokers for ‘sitting in their chair’.

David Eves
Topless traveller David Eves challenges another punter (Image: @alreadytaken74/Twitter)

Horrified onlookers watched on as the pair tussled on one of the lawns in the Grandstand at the famous Berkshire racecourse.

In 2011 racing commentator Sir Peter O’Sullevan spoke of a decline in standards at the event: “Sometimes the grandstands seem over-run by tattoos and bare flesh.

“It’s disrespectful – not just to the Queen, but to the horses.”

A drunk girl speaks to other older racegoers after the last race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot
A drunk girl speaks to other older racegoers after the last race on Ladies Day at Royal Ascot (Image: Getty Images)

In a scathing report of the event’s descent into bawdiness an opinion piece in the Daily Mail written by Jeannette Kupfermann in 2014 labelled the event ‘Chavscot’.

She said her first return to the event in ten years left her horrified as local residents informed her of ‘hordes of drunken hen and stag parties full of barely dressed, foul-mouthed females and their aggressive, beer-steeped consorts’ putting the locals under siege.

Locals had labelled the event 'Chavscot' for all the drunken antics
Locals had labelled the event ‘Chavscot’ for all the drunken antics (Image: Dave Shopland/REX/Shutterstock)

She added that some locals would like to see it stopped as it’s ‘purely corporate’ and attendees aren’t interested in the racing, but ‘there to get drunk’.

Attention was then drawn to the loud groups of women ‘falling out of their dresses, bare shoulders revealing their tattoos’, and towards the end of the day some emerged limping, with blistered feet bleeding, some in flip flops, some barefoot, not able to walk straight with their mascara smudged.

Ascot was first discovered by Queen Anne in 1711. She realised that the unbroken panorama of rich green turf, just five miles across the Berkshire countryside from the royal stables at Windsor Castle, would be the perfect place to gallop her beloved horses.

A streaker runs down the straight as horses go the start at Royal Ascot
A streaker runs down the straight as horses go the start at Royal Ascot (Image: AFP via Getty Images)

The glamour returns to Royal Ascot as Ladies Day is held today (June 15) with drinks set to flow as girls take over the racecourse.

In news earlier this week, race bosses are allowing hemline-lengths to rise over much of the course during this week’s five-day event.

And the dare-to-bare ruling is set to trigger a right Royal flesh fest. The posh event’s official style guide urges racing fans to be “daring” in the fashion stakes.

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