Sunday 11 December 2016

Gallery: Wild scenes and questionable outfits at Aintree

Published 09/04/2016 | 13:11

A man plays to the cameras as racegoers make their way home at the end of Ladies Day the second day of the Aintree Grand National Festival meeting on April 8, 2016 in Aintree, England.
A man plays to the cameras as racegoers make their way home at the end of Ladies Day the second day of the Aintree Grand National Festival meeting on April 8, 2016 in Aintree, England.
Racegoers attend Ladies Day, the second day of the Grand National Festival horse race meeting at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, northern England on April 8, 2016.
A racegoer cheers as she watches the racing on day 2 'Ladies Day' of the Crabbie's Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse
Anna Gilderoy, 25, from Durgam, the winner of Aintree's Style Award on Ladies Day of the Crabbie's Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit Liverpool ONE/PA Wire
Photo: Liverpool ONE/PA Wire
Racegoers make their way home at the end of Ladies Day the second day of the Aintree Grand National Festival meeting on April 8, 2016 in Aintree, England.
A racegoer poses as he prepares to leave Ladies Day, the second day of the Grand National Festival horse race meeting at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, northern England on April 8, 2016.
Racegoers leave at the end of Ladies Day, the second day of the Grand National Festival horse race meeting at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, northern England on April 8, 2016.
Racegoers attend Ladies Day, the second day of the Grand National Festival horse race meeting at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, northern England on April 8, 2016.
Racegoers cheer as they watch the racing on day 2 'Ladies Day' of the Crabbie's Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse on April 8, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Racegoers prepare to leave Ladies Day, the second day of the Grand National Festival horse race meeting at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, northern England on April 8, 2016.

The jointed crowds at Aintree are enjoying Mouse Morris' victory at this evening's Grand National following a wild Ladies Day in Liverpool, which saw thousands descend on the race course in their finery.

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The unpredictable weather did not put a halt to the ladies of Liverpool who dressed to impress at one of Britain’s largest annual race meetings, and judging by the photographs it certainly was a wild affair.

Anna Gilderoy, 25, from Durgam, the winner of Aintree's Style Award on Ladies Day of the Crabbie's Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit Liverpool ONE/PA Wire
Anna Gilderoy, 25, from Durgam, the winner of Aintree's Style Award on Ladies Day of the Crabbie's Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit Liverpool ONE/PA Wire

The course was thronged with dolled up ladies, each vying it out for the best dressed title, which was taken home by Durham girl Anna Gilderoy who impressed in a cream dress from Chi Chi London.

Speaking to the Times John Baker, the northwest regional director for the Jockey Club, which owns Aintree, revealed that the organisers decided to loosen the reign on the strict style code once in place at the event.

“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.”

Racegoers make their way home at the end of Ladies Day the second day of the Aintree Grand National Festival meeting on April 8, 2016 in Aintree, England.
Racegoers make their way home at the end of Ladies Day the second day of the Aintree Grand National Festival meeting on April 8, 2016 in Aintree, England.

While the fashion stakes were high, there were also many questionable outfit choices snapped as race-goers let their hair down for the occasion, drinking from flutes of champagne and reaping the rewards of their winnings.

The photographs snapped at the annual racing event captured the race-goers in various stages of mischief as they enjoyed the scenes.

Meanwhile, the rambunctious crowd is looking ahead to this afternoon’s Grand National, set to begin at 5.15pm.

Irish jockey Ruby Walsh has been ruled out of this evening’s race due to injury, however, Nina Carberry will ride Willie Mullins-trained Sir Des Champ in his place.

Racegoers attend Ladies Day, the second day of the Grand National Festival horse race meeting at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, northern England on April 8, 2016.
Racegoers attend Ladies Day, the second day of the Grand National Festival horse race meeting at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, northern England on April 8, 2016.

This will be Carberry’s sixth ride in the Grand National. The jockey, and sister-in-law of Ruby Walsh, made her debut on Forest Gunner in 2006.

Walsh’s sister Katie Walsh will also ride in this evening’s race, also upon a Mullins’ trained horse, Ballycasey.

Racegoers leave at the end of Ladies Day, the second day of the Grand National Festival horse race meeting at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, northern England on April 8, 2016.
Racegoers leave at the end of Ladies Day, the second day of the Grand National Festival horse race meeting at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, northern England on April 8, 2016.

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