The drinks were flowing fast at Aintree, in Liverpool, from the morning to the evening, as race-goers enjoyed the second day
One woman needed some support from this member of staff at the race course towards the end of the second day
It’s action stations here as one man decides he needs to carry his friend after the final race concluded at Aintree today
This worker has a lot of litter picking ahead of them as she begins the task of clearing this area of concrete of rubbish
This woman takes a tumble and is helped to her feet towards the end of the day at Aintree as the drink flowed
The annual three day meeting culminates in the Grand National which is run over a distance of four miles and four furlongs
Racegoers prepare to leave at the end of Ladies Day, the second day of the Grand National Festival horse race meeting at Aintree
Yesterday’s event was a much more tame affair, with few of the drunken scenes that have marred the gathering in previous Tomoryears
Tomorrow’s Grand National is the biggest betting race in the UK and will be screened on Channel 4
A group of friends take a moment away from the races to check their phones during the three-day event which finishes tomorrow
Racegoers leave after Ladies Day at Aintree which has attracted thousands of visitors to the historic course in Liverpool
It was the second day today, known as Fabulous Friday and Ladies Day, as part of the three-day Grand National Festival at the course
The world famous Grand National Festival where fashion and dressing to impress is as important as the racing to some spectators
The race course’s army of cleaners and workers will now be in overdrive clearing the stands and walkways before tomorrow’s event
Ladies Day at Aintree seems to be a much more boozy affair than the opening of the festival yesterday with revellers enjoying copious amounts of champagne and wine
These girls were clearly enjoying soaking up the party atmosphere
Rose wine seemed to be a very popular tipple for revellers at the second day of the festival
A woman’s pink dressed had been slightly creased during the day but she still looked lovely in the ’60s inspired look with long black gloves
A woman in pink accessorised with full length black gloves and a Louis Vuitton bag (left). The dress code for the day was demure, but one woman almost suffered a wardrobe malfunction as her cleavage threatened to spill out of her low cut frock (right)
A woman in a pale lilac suit and daring white lace top with a keyhole cut out, carries a pitcher of sparkling rose
A woman went for a Bollywood inspired look, which was one of the more unique outfits of the day (left). A reveller can’t contain her emotions during a race (right)
In outrageous scenes a woman allowed her friend to pull up her skirt to reveal her black thong underneath (left). After her friend pulled up her dress, the woman gave her a taste of her own medicine by exposing her lacy underwear
There was no hard feelings about the flashing incident among the pair
One woman was keen to keep the party going as the racecourse emptied out (left) while two companions chat as they stroll out of the grounds (right)
She then gave the same girl a taste of her own medicine by whipping up her dress to expose her lacy underwear, but they weren’t the only ones to expose their smalls as a man was also seen dropping his trousers at the end of the day.
Many played up for the cameras striking some rather outrageous poses, but others were too busy finishing off the last of the booze to notice.
Yesterday’s event was a much more tame affair, with few of the drunken scenes that have marred the gathering in previous years but things seemed a lot more boozy today from the word go.
One man was seen lying on the ground, appearing to have drunk too much even before the first race of the day had taken place. And an overenthusiastic partygoer was seen necking champagne straight from a full sized bottle around lunchtime.
A man was also seen dropping his trousers at the end of the day as his female companion struck a pose alongside him (left). A girl paused to take a photo of her barefoot friend (right)
After a long day at the races a group of friends treated themselves to fish and chips and took the weight off their feet
Everyone was still in top form as the afternoon came to a close
Shoes were left discarded on the ground alongside drinks cans and empty bottles (left). A group of friends pause for one last photo at the end of the day (right)
Two racegoers prepare to make their way home after a day of festivities (left). A group sits on the ground chatting while a litter picker gets to work (right)
A woman balances precariously on one leg as she strikes a funny pose for the cameras
A woman almost lost her coat as she made her way to the exit at the end of Ladies Day (left). A reveller was feeling the chill but luckily had a male companion to lend her his coat (right)
Selfie time: A bunch of pals crouched down for a group photo but the girl in front missed out on being in the photo
Three friends playfully poked their tounges out as they posed for a selfie
A group of friends celebrate as the festival drew to a close
A lady was resplendent in shares of cream and accessorised with accents of gold (left). Another sports a Grecian style dress with a crisscross top (right)
Two friends pucker up for a playful smooch at the end of a fun day at Aintree
A woman went for head to toe florals and carried a nude box clutch (left). A racegoer grinned as she showed off her striking black headpiece (right)
Another woman was egged on by her friends as she sipped rose wine, again directly from the bottle.
Luckily others made use of miniature champagne funnels introduced at last year’s Cheltenham Festival to cut out the need for plastic glasses and discourage people sipping straight from the bottle.
For fashion fans, today was the most exciting part of the three-day festival as racegoers turned out in their finest frocks in the hope of landing one of the coveted style awards on offer to the best dressed.
A high spirited pair couldn’t resist putting on a bit of a show for the cameras
After a long day of wearing heels some partygoers were forward thinking enough to bring flip flops
A pair of female friends embrace after enjoying a fun day out (left) while another woman ended up kicking off her high heeled shoes (right)
Cheering on their favourites: Enthusiastic participants get swept up in the atmosphere of the event
From the earliest arrivals this morning, right through the day, the ladies have been showing off their style in their best frocks and fascinators
Two friends were pretty in pink for Ladies Day
From the earliest arrivals this morning, right through the day, the ladies have been showing off their style in their best frocks and fascinators.
This afternoon Aintree bosses declared that this year’s ladies had outdone attendees of previous years in the style stakes, saying it was the ‘most stylish Ladies Day in Grand National history’.
But unfortunately a few got it wrong, including one woman who matched her white fishnet tights to the sleeves of her dress.
Friends laugh as a blonde woman in a white lace dress drinks rose wine straight from the bottle
The second day of the action is well underway at Aitnree and today is Ladies Day with prizes on offer for the best dressed
Racegoers react near the end of the 2.15 The Imagine Cruising First in the Frame Top Novices’ Hurdle Race Action
Ladies Day is the penultimate day of the festival and comes ahead of tomorrow’s main event, the Crabbie’s Grand National
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There was no shortage of plunging necklines and thigh skimming skirts on display, despite the chilly spring weather.
However, plenty of others were the picture of elegance as they turned out in their most glamorous frocks for the Fabulous Friday Ladies Day at the Merseyside course.
Andy Murray’s mother Judy swapped the tennis court for the track as she joined racing fans for a day of sporting action. The former Strictly contestant was dressed down and comfortable for the event in a pair of Hunter wellies and a mohair tartan coat.
A racegoer celebrates as Noel Fehily riding Buveur wins the Imagine Cruising First in the Frame Top Novices’ hurdle race
A partygoer necked champagne straight from the bottle as she soaked up the atmosphere at Ladies Day
A woman slung her arm around a male companion’s shoulder as they strolled through the festival
Yesterday seemed to be a relatively tame affair, but by contrast today’s event was a lot more boozy with more revellers seen enjoying beer and cocktails as they soaked up the atmosphere
The sun may have been in hiding but there was still plenty of colour on display, especially a woman who accessorised her multicoloured dress with canary yellow platform shoes and a matching headpiece (left). Meanwhile another opted for more muted tones in a thigh grazing pastel blue mini dress
Raising a toast: There was a lively atmosphere at the course as revellers celebrated a rare break in the clouds
The tennis coach was in attendance as part of the panel at the Grand Women’s Summit held at the racecourse today. There were 125 delegates in attendance at the summit, which celebrated the diverse roles women in play in sport.
While Judy dressed down, others went for much more glamorous ensembles with skyscraper heels and plunging necklines the order of the day.
One woman braved the chilly afternoon in a daring red bralet under a white jacket. She flashed her tanned legs in a pair of matching white shorts, as she posed up a storm for the cameras.
A short hemline threatened to expose more than this woman had bargained for as she embraced her friend
Two friends were clearly having fun at the event, which seemed to be a good deal more boozy than yesterday’s gathering
A woman in a sequinned playsuit wore a striking pair of fringer blue heels (left). As the afternoon wore on, spirits continued to be high (right)
Her silver high heeled shoes had become a bit much for this woman who was seen clutching them as she took in a race
A woman was seen sitting down talking to a member of event staff while a male companion looked on, concerned
During a rare break in the clouds, many revellers were seen celebrating with a drink as they soaked up the sun’s brief appearance.
The focus may have been on the ladies at today’s event, but Hollyoaks star Jamie Lomas also drew attention when he turned up looked dapper in black jeans and a blazer.
The actor, who was married to Coronation Street star Kim Marsh, has recently made his return to the popular show as bad boy Warren Fox.
When the chips are down: Ladies enjoy a snack between races
A woman looked slightly disgruntled as she did her best jockey impression on a mechanical horse
He was joined by his co stars Stephanie Waring, Jessica Fox and Kirsty-Leigh Porter who turned out to represent the Channel 4 soap, which is filmed at nearby Liverpool studios.
The girls were flying the flag for the high street, arriving in relatively casual but stylish outfits.
Stephanie Waring, 37, who plays Cindy Cunningham stunned in a £38 geometric print navy jumpsuit from Dorothy Perkins.
The champagne seemed to be flowing from a much earlier hour at today’s meeting and one man was seen lying on the ground, appearing to have drunk too much even before the first race of the day
A party of five treated themselves to pints of beer in celebration of the big day
A lively group of friends kick up their heels as they smile for photograhpers at the entrance to the Aintree racecourse. The second day of the action is well underway and today is Ladies Day with prizes on offer for the best dressed
Luckily most people made use of miniature champagne funnels introduced at last year’s Cheltenham Festival to cut out the need for plastic glasses and discourage people sipping straight from the bottle
Here’s to a great day: The champagne was flowing as the racing action got underway
Two of the ladies got into the spirit of the day by leaping on the back of an ornamental horse
She teamed the jumpsuit with navy high pointed court shoes and an ivory Miss Selfridge jacket.
Also rocking high street threads was blonde 32-year-old Jessica, Nancy Hayton in the soap, who rocked a knee-length Wallis dress.
While Jessica kept things classy in a red and white dress, Kirsty offset masculine tailoring with a colourful crop top.
While the three-piece had raised the bar for the second day, a day dedicated to feminine glamour, they’d snuck in a fourth friend who was more suave than sassy.
Rather than wear a fascinator this woman accessorised with a rather cheekily shaped balloon (left). A woman in a matching navy patterned jacket and shorts soaks up the atmosphere (right)
Racegoers get into the spirit of things as they take in the action on the track
A woman in white lace with an elaborate fishtail braid throws a hand in the air as she cheers on the riders
The weather forecast wasn’t promising but it didn’t stop may attendees from embracing a plunging neckline
Hollyoaks’ Stephanie Waring (centre) and Kirsty Leigh Porter (left) got into the spirit of the festival as they cheered on the riders
Stephanie seemed particularly animated as she enjoyed races with co-star Kirsty Leigh Porter
Jamie teamed chinos with a blazer to accompany the women to the second day of Aintree after reuniting with them on the show.
He was spotted back on the Chester set for the first time in February and now appears in one of the television adverts.
He has previously quit the show twice, once in 2009 when he was killed off and a second time in 2011 when producers asked him back as a surprise.
Coronation Street and Emmerdale alum Kirsty is the most recent addition to the cast, since she joined in 2013.
A woman stood out from the crowd in a large bow shaped fascinator (left) while another was dressed to impress in a huge yellow hat with black and white flowers (right)
Tens of thousands are expected to be in attendance at the three day festival
A woman in a navy dress puffed on a cheeky cigarette during the race meeting (left). Even being on crutches couldn’t tempt a racing fan into flat shoes (right)
Linda Morrison and her nine-year-old daughter Poppy from Scotland looked delightful in their purple outfits and fascinators
The Hollyoaks party were seen enjoying some of the races later in the day with Stephanie Waring looking particularly enthusiastic as she cheered the riders on to victory, perhaps having backed a winner.
Many of today’s attendees may have even more to celebrate later in the day, as there’s £51,00 worth of prizes on offer for those who turn out in sophisticated style today.
The prizes are part of a drive by Aintree management to up the sartorial stakes, which was announced earlier this year.
Kirsty Leigh Porter was seen doubled over with laughter as she enjoyed being a spectator
An enthusiastic Stephanie pointed towards they course as she got into the spirit of the festival
Hollyoaks’ Stephanie Waring grabs Jamie Lomas by the sleeve to get his attention. The star has a child with Dan Hooper who was previously enaged to Jamie’s ex-wife Kym Marsh
The mother-of-one was clearly having a great time soaking up the atmosphere and it appears she may have backed a winner if her triumphant pose was anything to go by
The Hollyoaks cast arriving at Ladies Day. From left to right: Stephanie Waring, Jamie Lomas, Jessica Fox and Kirsty Leigh Porter
Stephanie Waring (left), 37, who plays Cindy Cunningham in Hollyoaks stunned in a £38 geometric print navy jumpsuit from Dorothy Perkins with navy high pointed court shoes and an ivory Miss Selfridge jacket. Also rocking high street threads was blonde 32-year-old Jessica, Nancy Hayton in the soap, who rocked a knee-length Wallis dress (right)
Kirsty-Leigh Porter rocked a pair of wide legged trousers and a summery floral top that showed off a hint of her midriff
Yesterday saw revellers turn out in a range of skimpy outfits from thigh skimming skirts to clinging cut out jumpsuits.
However, Aintree bosses were hoping there would be a more toned down approach today as race goers competed for a chance at winning the Fabulous Friday style award.
Prizes include a £43,000 Range Rover as well as £8,000 worth of fashion vouchers, and organisers hope the incentive will encourage better dressing at the event, which has become somewhat notorious for its skimpy outfits.
Announcing the prizes earlier this years, John Baker, the northwest regional director for the Jockey Club, which owns Aintree said he hoped the financial incentive would help give the event a facelift.
A colourfully dressed group of friends looked in great spirits as they arrived for Ladies Day, and one woman (centre) had sensibly brought a pair of flip flops to change into when her heels started to pinch
Three friends chose similar white fascinators and blue colour schemes for their outfits and had a giggle as they posed for cameras
A glamorous group went all out with one woman, right, choosing an all-over embellished dress with a diamante head band
A group of friends all dressed to impress but one or two were more daring than the others in their outfit choices
A partygoer put on a show for the cameras as she flashed her tanned tummy in a daring bralet top
A fashionable bunch showed off their Chanel handbags as they celebrated at Ladies Day
A party of friends were resplendent in red with one completing her look with a heart shaped handbag (centre)
However, he insisted the move was more of a refresh for the event as opposed to a major makeover.
He told The Times: ‘We felt we had to refresh Ladies’ Day.This year we will have a style code rather than a dress code.
We are trying to move it forward and make it a little bit more aspirational than it had become.’
Enjoying a snack: A woman took a break from the festivities to grab some lunch
A large hat is a must for the races but one woman made a sacrifice for fashion and must have struggled to see in this creation (left). A racegoer was certainly getting into the spirit as she cheered along the horses in her black feather-strewn fascinator (right)
A glamorous group stand on the sidelines but their disc-style fascinators make a statement
Members of the crowd couldn’t contain their excitement as they cheered on the horses during the Alder Hey Children’s Charity Handicap Hurdle
A woman looked like she’d backed a winner during the Alder Hey Children’s Charity Handicap Hurdle (left) but her companions seemed like they had been left disappointed
Baker was quick to add he doesn’t want the award to restrict the women’s creativity as he is looking for a certain extent of self expression to Ladies’ Day.
Baker also insisted that he was not telling people ‘what to wear’.
‘We love the fact that people come and are able to express themselves in the way that they dress. It is what is going on in the fashion world,’ he added.
High heels seemed to get the better of one reveller who had to stop to adjust her strappy shoes (left). Others solved their footwear issues by making sure they had spare flip flops to hand
A racegoer looked stunning in an elegant black and white ensemble and took the rare step of wearing flesh coloured tights rather than going bare legged (left). The monochrome look was popular for Ladies Day with many opting for black and white outfits
A group of ladies took the weight off their feet, pausing for a sit down on a flight of steps
The journey across the sand looked slightly perilous for some as their high heels sunk in
A trio of perfectly co-ordinated friends smile for the cameras
Judges of the contest will be based around Aintree during the event so as to spot the sartorially savvy.
The 2015 event was the first year that organisers implemented a ‘Style Code’ for Ladies’ Day.
Last year stylist Gok Wan presented a Mini Cooper to last year’s winner following a change in approach to the dress code.
During a rare break in the clouds, many revellers were seen celebrating with a drink as they soaked up the sun’s brief appearance
Luckily for partygoers there didn’t seem to be long queues at the venue’s many bars
Punters were seen lining up to place their bets. As well as putting money on the races punters can also bet on what colour WAG Coleen Rooney will wear if she puts in another appearance at the race meeting today
Kicking off the celebrations: A group of friends made for an eye catching party in sparkly outfits and lots of colour
A woman celebrating her hen party cot a lift from some male racing fans outside the Earl of Derby stand
It was inspired by the Coco Chanel quote: ‘Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.’
The ambassadors for this year’s competition include Katie Walsh, the Grand National’s most successful female jockey and face of Ladies Day 2015.
‘Ladies Day is of course a very special day for me, it’s wonderful to see so many women getting involved in the racing and demonstrating how glamorous it can be,’ Katie said.
A woman made a brave fashion choice in a sheer top with strategically placed embellishments to protect her modesty
A laughing reveller can’t contain her excitement as she arrives looking slightly chilly in a short grey dress (left). Another racegoer opted for the Grecian goddess look in a white embellished max dress that showed off her shoulders
A group of friends opted for unusual head bands rather than a hat or fascinator
One racegoer matched her 1920s style head band to her crop top and trousers
Getting the party started: The bubbly was already flowing before the clock struck midday
She came prepared: With rain forecast for later this afternoon one woman wisely brought her brolly. She also matched her white fishnet tights to her
‘I admire the effort that goes into all the outfits and the ladies of Liverpool have such a great confidence, which is fantastic to see and be a part of. It’s a very unique event which everyone should be proud of.’
Former amateur flat jockey and Channel 4 racing presenter Emma Spencer is also an ambassador and will be leading various style discussions in the run-up to the event.
John Baker, Managing Director of Aintree Racecourse, added: ‘Ladies Day at The Crabbie’s Grand National is always one of the most stylish and fabulous days in the racing calendar and we intend to continue encouraging this fantastic array of fashionistas into 2017’s Festival and beyond.
A woman wearing a daring red bra top with a white jacket and short suit was game enough to jump on board a mechanical horse
A group of friends, celebrating a hen party struck a pose while the bride-to-be pretended to be a jockey
The bride-to-be’s friend’s couldn resist capturing the hilarious moments on their phones
Skyscraper heels were out in force as fashion fans donned their most glamorous outfits for Ladies Day
Summery florals were a popular choice for many of the racegoers who turned out for ladies day. One woman teamed hers with white platforms (left) while another went for contrasting magenta accessories (right)
A woman looked like the belle of the ball in a sequinned top and silver grey skirt (left), while another was striking in pretty floral jumpsuit with a fringed bag and heels (right)
Three cheers! A group of friends were looking forward to a great day of racing action
‘We have been thrilled this year to work with our style ambassadors and always really enjoy seeing how men and women, both locally and all around the UK, celebrate their own incredible styles and enjoy this unique and thrilling three-day Festival.
‘We look forward to seeing who picks up the biggest ever style award prize.’
Judges who will be wandering the event looking for the best-dressed guests include: Alex Longmore, the Crabbie’s Grand National Official Style Ambassador; Classical singer Laura Wright; hairstylist Andrew Collinge; and Faye Mines, part of the John Lewis team in Liverpool ONE.
A windswept woman adjusts her fascinator as she arrives at Aintree with a friend
But first let me take a selfie: A group of girls posed for a photo to commemorate their big day out
Blue was a popular choice at the festival which is offering £51,000 prizes to the most stylishly dressed
A very young racing fan arrived in the arms of his mother (right) who looked elegant in neutral shades
A woman showed off a hint of her tattoo in a monochrome dress with a cut out at the waist
Four ladies looked the picture of elegance as they donned their most glamorous frocks for the Fabulous Friday Ladies Day at Aintree racecourse in Merseyside
Two friends looked stunning in pastel dresses with cape detailing
Alex Longmore, who has appeared on Britain’s Next Top Model and dresses A-List celebrities,said ahead of the race meeting: ‘It’s always such a fabulous fashion event and I hope this year’s Crabbie’s Grand National will be as bright as ever with some seriously chic outfits on show.’
Today she added: ‘This is my first Ladies Day at the Crabbie’s Grand National and I have enjoyed every minute. It has been a pleasure to judge the style award as it has allowed me to see a huge range of beautifully dressed, stylish ladies embracing their own individual style.
‘Fashion should be fun and not something that is dictated to women. Today is a celebration of individuality and an event that both as a stylist and an ambassador I am thrilled to be a part of.’
A woman helps her friend do up her gladiator style standards
Strutting her stuff: A racegoer makes an impression in a vibrant red jumpsuit
A woman in a navy polka dot dress grins for the camera at Aintree (left), while another raises a toast to the day of racing on Fabulous Friday (right)
Keeping it simple: Many went for the less is more approach with stunning results
Bookmakers Star Sports are offering betting on where the winner of the Best Dressed Lady competition at Ladies Day will be from. Merseyside is the favourite, but an Irish winner is second favourite in the betting.
Betting was also taking place on what colour WAG Coleen Rooney would wear if she attended the second day of the festival.
She joined racegoers yesterday with a huge gaggle of family and friends, as she continued to celebrations for her 30th birthday alongside mum Colette McLoughlin and husband Wayne’s mother Jeanette Rooney.
A woman in a yellow dress with a white lace panel arrived with a friend in a royal blue dress with diamante embellishment
A woman touches up her lipstick as she prepares for a day of racing action (left), while a fellow racing fan made an impression in a striking coral hat with a large flower corsage at its centre
A woman had to call on her male companion for some help in adjusting her red strappy sandals, but once complete she was ready for a close up in her snakeskin dress and wide brimmed red hat
A couple ensured they stood out from the crowd by both rocking butterfly prints
Yesterday, Coleen opted for a bright orange lace dress to offset her tan, picked up on a recent jaunt to Barbados, but today she was tipped to look pretty in pink.
Bookies Ladbrokes were taking bets on the queen of Aintree’s dress colour for the big day and make a pink number the 3/1 favourite, from purple at 4/1 and black at 5/1, with Manchester United colours an outsider at 100/1.
However, the mother-of-three wasn’t in attendance and was spotted nipping into shops and filling up her £120,000 Overfinch Range Rover in Cheshire on Friday afternoon.
Some racing fans were more daring with their looks, opting for dresses with plunging necklines
One woman made a minor fashion faux pas by forgetting to remove the stickers from the soles of her shoes
Cheers to that! Racegoers started the day by treating themselves to a tipple and one woman had even sourced some strawberries to add to her champagne (right)
A woman put her less enthusiastic male companions to shame as she threw her arms out and beamed for the camera
A group of friends were all dressed to impress for their day at the iconic racecourse
Ladbrokes have confirmed they will reimburse punters for all bets placed on Coleen’s outfit after she failed to show.
Yesterday’s event saw some racegoers step out in thigh skimming skirts, with tight cut out jumpsuits proving particularly popular.
Revellers braved high winds and downpours in a variety of skimpy outfits, and many women were seen holding on to their hats and fascinators and desperately trying to stop their skirts being blown up by a gust of wind.
She’s usually seen sitting court side but today Judy Murray swapped tennis for the track. She turned out in sensible Hunter Wellies and a mohair tartan coat for her day at the races
Judy Murray, Katie Walsh and Maggie Alphonsi MBE walking the Grand National course at Aintree Racecourse, as part of the Grand Women’s Summit held at the racecourse
A large group of friends posed up a storm for the cameras at the entrance to the event
A group of female friends showcased their different styles with florals, lace, snake print and sequins all featuring in their outfits
A colourful trio prepare to enjoy their day at the races
A group of girlfriends brighten up an otherwise dull morning at the festival as they arrive for Ladies Day
Lady in red: One woman teamed a fiery looking dress with snakeskin skyscraper heels (left). Another went for a monochrome colour palette in a pretty high waisted white skirt and top with a black lace fascinator (right)
The ladies didn’t let a downpour do anything to dampen their spirits
A bit of all white: Gold and white was a popular choice among fashionable racegoers. Two friends showed odd their ladylike chic in demure gloves and statement hats (right), while another wore a striking white dress with gold feather pattern
Unfortunately today’s forecast promises more of the same weather. It’s set to be a chilly 11°C and more rain is forecast with only short outbreaks of sunshine predicted.
However, the bad weather did not dampen spirits as partygoers soaked up the atmosphere. At the end of the day several turned the Pavillion wine bar into a makeshift dance floor.
Tens of thousands of racegoers attend Aintree each year and the Grand National is seen as the world’s most famous horse race, generating TV viewing figures in the hundreds of millions from across the globe.
A colourfully dressed woman studies the programme on arrival at the course. Another went all out in polka dots, even carrying a spotty umbrella to shield her from the rain
There’s £43,000 in prizes up for grabs for the best dressed and several of these ladies looked like they could be in the running for a style prize
A woman in chic navy and white looked like an early contender for Best Dressed Lady (left) while a fellow racegoer was equally stylish in a tawny knee length dress and a fur coat (right)
My fur ladies: Two friends opted for cosy cover ups to see them through the day
Fabulous in florals: Two friends looked blooming as they arrived in pretty patterned dresses and sophisticated fascinators
Two young racing fans looked lovely ahead of their day out and wisely brought an umbrella to shield them from the elements
The Grand National is an annual steeplechase, run over 4 miles 3.5 furlongs (just over 7km) with the horses jumping 30 fences in total.
Due to its length and the fact that it features fences much larger than those typically experienced, it is widely renowned for its unpredictability which is likely a contributing factor to its estimated TV audience of in excess of 10 million.
On the eve of the Grand National, Ladbrokes now have joint favourites with The Last Samuri joining Many Clouds at 10/1 at the top of the betting.
A bright yellow jacket and white cut out dress helped this reveller stand out from the crowd (left). Two friends offered for different coloured dressed but similar black headpieces (right)
Fashionistas added a splash of colour to a grey morning with shades of hot pink, while one woman was even more vibrant with multicoloured shoes
Two friends were all smiles as they posed for a photographer as Ladies Day gets underway
A woman cut an elegant figure in a pale pink jumpsuit and a black fur trimmed coat (left), while another in similar neutral shades was also looking stylish (right)
One woman didn’t let being on crutches hinder her glamour as she stepped out in silver high heeled sandals and an navy dress with an embellished panel at the middle
Here come the girls: A group of female friends looked as if they had co-ordinated their outfits for the big day out as they stepped out in pale pink, black and white
Two friends kick off the celebrations with one clutching a glass of fizz (left). A woman arrived in a striking ensemble of a blue corset, a black belt, blue suede boots and a hat trimmed with peacock feathers (right)
A trio in matching floral dresses, wearing horseshoe necklaces, looked delighted to be attending the second day of the festival
Two girls who look like they could be sisters were a vision in co-ordinated shades of pink
One woman was not concerned about the bad weather forecast for the day and opted for bare legs and a little black dress (right), but her companion wasn’t taking any chances in a long tunic dress worn over black skinny trousers
A co-ordinated couple looked the part in perfectly matching outfits
The Bookmakers are expecting a record-breaking £200 million betting extravaganza on the iconic race this weekend.
Forty horses will take to the track on Saturday, all hoping of making it the whole way round and win the gruelling race.
More than 150,000 spectators are set to head to the famous racecourse during the three day festival with up to £200million due to be wagered on the outcome of the 169th running of the race.
A stylish couple were perfectly co-ordinated in shades of dark blue and pink as they posed for a photographer at the start of Ladies Day
A woman displays her tattoo of Mahatma Gandhi’s famous words: ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world.’
Elaborate hats were the order of the day including a cute creation in the shape of a bird’s nest. Another woman opted for an large pink and headpiece with butterfly embellishments
Last year’s Cheltenham festival introduced miniature champagne funnels to cut out the need for plastic glasses
Crabbies promotional staff wearing tartan attire during Ladies Day
The Crabbies girls show off their tartan mini skirts and suspender style tights, worn with wedge heeled ankle boots
Good Morning Britain’s weather girl Laura Tobin at day two of the Aintree Festival in Merseyside
Race horses are exercised before the gates open to the public on the second day of the Grand National Festival horse race meeting