Women are dressing up in their finest for Ladies Day at Aintree today
Ladies Day at Aintree Racecourse today is a chance for women to show off their sense of style before the Grand National race day tomorrow.
The Grand National organisers say: “Anyone and everyone is encouraged to show off their own impeccable and unique sense of style.
“In the Red Rum Garden, the fashion ambassadors will be searching for the winner of the Style Award; a coveted prize awarded with a big car prize.”
Ladies Day is also longstanding tradition at other major races in the racing calendar such as the Epsom Derby, Royal Ascot and Cheltenham.
Grand National 2017: Fashion arrivals
Thu, April 6, 2017
Grand National at Aintree 2017 is here and hundreds of well-dressed racing fans have flocked to the racecourse in their Sunday finest.
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Aintree Festival 2017: Fashion arrivals
At all these world famous races, one day is set aside to celebrate fashion and attract more women to see the world class racing.
It is thought that the Ascot Finale Day became known as Ladies Day because Queen Anne founded the races all the way back in 1711.
The Ascot website says: “Whilst out riding near Windsor Castle she came upon an area of open heath that looked, in her words, ‘ideal for horses to gallop at full stretch’.”
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The Queen Mother Champion Chase takes place on Ladies Day at Cheltenham and was given its current title in the year of the of the Queen Mother's 80th birthday.
Here is the schedule for Ladies Day at Aintree:
10.30am Gates Open
1.40pm The Alder Hey Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m 4f , Hurdle
2.20pm The Crabbie’s Top Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m ½f , Hurdle
2.50pm The Betway Mildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase (Grade 1) 3m 1f , Steeple Chase
3.25pm The JLT Melling Steeple Chase (Grade 1) 2m 4f , Steeple Chase, ITV televised race
4.05pm The Randox Health Topham Steeple Chase (Grade 3) 2m 5f , Steeple Chase, ITV televised race
4.40pm The Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) 3m ½f , Hurdle, ITV televised race
5.15pm The Weatherbys Champion Standard Open NH Flat (Grade 2) 2m 1f , NH Flat