The famous Ebor Festival in York is set to begin on Wednesday with Ladies on Thursday facing the effects of the rail strikes.
Revellers could struggle to get to York for Ebor Festival over the weekend which sees Friday say farewell to Stradivarius in the Lonsdale Cup.
It’s not just ladies’ day risk, Saturday’s racing could also face chaos over more rail strikes. Wednesday sees the world’s best horse in the world’s best race – Baaeed in the Juddmonte on Wednesday.
York’s racecourse bosses have come up with a plan to help racegoers apparently.
A spokesperson said: “The scheduled national rail strikes are an inconvenience and so it is disappointing that the two sides are yet to reach a resolution.
“At no cost, it will be possible for vehicles to be left overnight in the car parks, at the owner’s risk, provided they are collected before 11am the next day.
“The coach connections to York are strong and will link with the frequent shuttle bus services at the rail station.
“York and the surrounding area benefits from a good supply of hotel rooms for those who might decide this is the prompt to extend their visit to the city and travel home the next day.
“The richest race of the four days is run on Wednesday when there is no strike, so sports fans can make plans to see the world’s highest rated horse, Baaeed, who is entered in the Juddmonte International.
“With Friday also clear of this particular challenge, then an early start to their weekend and a chance to say farewell to the mighty stayer, Stradivarius, has proven popular.”
The strikes are to take place due to an ongoing disagreement over pay with the government, and the operators that run through York will be affected by the strikes.