Aintree Ladies Day’s best dressed as fans pack on the glam from home

Aintree's Ladies Day fashion stakes was under starters orders today.

Racegoers who were all dressed up with nowhere to go posted photos of their glamorous outfits online.

Crowds are banned from the three day festival because of Covid rules.

But that was not going to stop fans putting on the style and popping champagne corks in their living rooms and gardens.

Friday’s annual Ladies Day usually attracts more than 50,000 fans.

Last year’s meeting in Liverpool was one of the first sporting casualties of the pandemic.

It meant the festival’s popular style awards became a virtual event, called A Grand Day In, which is has now returned for a second year.

The competition opened on Thursday, with punters being asked to upload photos of themselves in their finery to the Ladies Day Facebook and social media pages.


A panel of judges will announce the winners later today.

Last year’s winner, Lizzy Foulkes, a junior doctor from Liverpool, is one of the judges this time.

She said: “It was so much fun last year to get dressed up and feel like I was at the races.


“I cannot wait to see all the entries.

"We will be looking for something bright and cheerful to make us all smile.”

The 2021 Randox Health Grand National will go ahead as planned on Saturday, race organisers have confirmed.

The Grand National had been in doubt following the passing of Prince Philip on Friday, with discussions taking place between the British Horse Racing Authority and Jockey Club Racecourses.


Organisers have now confirmed the National, which attracts a global TV audience of over 600million, will take place in its original timeslot of 5:15pm on ITV.

A statement from The Jockey Club said: "Jockey Club Racecourses has held discussions with the British Horseracing Authority regarding the staging of Randox Grand National Day tomorrow at Aintree Racecourse.

"Following consultation with Government, we can confirm that Randox Grand National Day will go ahead on Saturday 10 April 2021.


A two-minute silence was held before racing at Aintree on Friday as a mark of respect to the Duke, who has died at the age of 99.

Jockeys were invited to wear black armbands while competing on day two of the Randox Grand National meeting, where flags are being flown at half-mast.

An honorary member of the Jockey Club since 1947, The Duke of Edinburgh accompanied the Queen to many top horse racing events, including Royal Ascot.

ITV has switched their Aintree broadcast to ITV4 this afternoon – and the first race was held at 1.45pm.

Sandy Dudgeon, Senior Steward of The Jockey Club, said: “We received the news of The Duke of Edinburgh's death with great sadness. On behalf of The Jockey Club, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to our Patron, Her Majesty The Queen, and all members of the Royal Family.”

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