Ladies Day is full of colour, light and stylish fashion – and this year’s festivities have proved no different as glamorous racegoers returned to Aintree racecourse, after taking a two-year hiatus due to Covid.
This year’s event marks a return to pre-pandemic years, with revellers due to arrive at the course in their droves to have a flutter on the horses.
It’s set to be high octane glamour all the way today, as attendees stepped out in all their finery for Ladies Day – when the coveted style award is presented to the best-dressed female.
While the festival is all about horse racing, many racegoers appeared more than happy to flaunt their stuff as they compete to win the £5,000 prize for best dressed.
Ladies Day is full of colour, light and stylish fashion – and this year’s festivities have proved no different as glamorous racegoers returned to Aintree racecourse today, after taking a two-year hiatus due to Covid
While the festival is all about horse racing, many racegoers appeared more than happy to flaunt their stuff as they compete to win the £5,000 prize for best dressed
It’s all about the statement suit! Many racegoers looking to compete for the coveted prize of best dressed opted for matching jackets and trousers for the outing
Winner of the coveted prize of best dressed will see one glamorous lady taking home a £500 Never Fully Dressed or £300 House of Cavani voucher, as well as £5,000 cash prize and a spa break away.
Meanwhile they will also receive £1,000 donation to their chosen charity, as well as a box of chocolate and a bottle of champagne to celebrate.
While Aintree may not have the royal touch Ascot does, it certainly holds its own in the fashion stakes when it comes to flashing the flesh.
As well as killer heels, thigh-skimming dresses and plunging necklines, the event is famous for its display of flamboyant headgear.
Here come the girls! Revellers appeared delighted to be returning to Aintree in Liverpool today ahead of the races, with many showing off their finest outfits for the occasion
Attendees were beaming in the April sunshine as they arrived at the racecourse earlier this morning, with many opting for colourful outfits to mark the occasion
Around 150,000 people are expected to attend the three-day festival, making it one of the largest of its kind in the world, with more than £25 million expected to be spent on bets.
And the revelry doesn’t stop there: previously the event, which is now in its 183rd year, has seen attendees down a staggering 20,000 bubbly to get into the party spirit.
Away from the track, a further 500 million people in more than 140 countries are expected to tune in to watch the action.
While the biggest competition, the 30-jump handicap steeplechase, takes place on Saturday, there are plenty of elite races across the three-days for equestrian enthusiasts to get excited about.
While Aintree may not have the royal touch Ascot does, it certainly holds its own in the fashion stakes when it comes to flashing the flesh (pictured left and right)
Bookies are gearing up for a record-breaking weekend with bets on the Grand National alone expected to top £150million.
As well as the flagship horse race at Aintree, other big events include golf superstar Tiger Woods’s return in the Masters in the US, and Manchester City’s crunch game against Liverpool in the Premier League title race.
Bookies had a bumper few days with the Cheltenham Festival last month, but are said to be having ‘sleepless nights’ over the prospect of last year’s National winner Rachael Blackmore successfully defending her title.
Her feat, as the first woman to win the race, cost the industry a fortune as thousands of small-time punters had a flutter.
Around half of people in the UK and Ireland place bets on the Grand National, with the average stake last year around £2.50.
Many back the favourites, but some choose those with outstanding names and one attracting interest this year is 25/1 Run Wild Fred.
Ladbrokes has slashed the odds on Blackmore and her horse Minella Times from 14/1 to 10/1, putting her among the favourites ahead of the race.
The Randox Grand National 2022, which is held at Aintree racecourse, runs from April 7 to April 9.
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