Ascot to refund humiliated spectators

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Royal Ascot has announced it will refund the spectators who were at the meeting on Saturday (January 21st) that received orange stickers for breaching new dress codes.

Many equine insurance customers were left red faced as males in the premier enclosure that were not wearing a jacket and tie were labelled with orange stickers as a warning.

The move is likely to cost Ascot a five-figure sum and chief executive Charles Barnett said no customers should be expected to pay for such a bad experience this weekend.

"It is clear that we let down many of our premier enclosure customers yesterday with a well-intentioned but misguided policy," Barnett said.

BBC Sport's racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght said this kind of situation sets the sport back when everyone is hoping for a new era.

The move to label people with orange stickers comes after Royal Ascot tightened its dress code last week with women also expected to wear dresses or skirts of a "modest length".

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