Racegoers arrive for 'Ladies Day' at Grand National festival

The ladies braved plummeting temperatures, high winds and persistent rain as they got day one of the three-day Aintree Grand National Festival 2019 off to a glamorous start.

Friday, 5th April 2019, 5:25 pm
Updated Friday, 5th April 2019, 5:44 pm
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More than 150,000 are expected at the three-day meeting, which is in its 180th year and hosts the showpiece Grand National race on Saturday afternoon.

The three-day Aintree Grand National Meeting continues each year on the Friday with Ladies Day.
This day, in modern times, has been earmarked by many as the fun day of the Grand National festival.

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Dubbed #FabulousFriday, you can expect a sea of fashion, bubbles and famous faces.
With a bigger 45,000 crowd expected at the Grand National Ladies Day 2019, attendance ramps-up from the opening day
While there are high calibre races to bet on, its generally party-time for much of the afternoon.
Of course, there is top-class racing to enjoy too with seven decent contests that start at 1.40pm.
But for many of the 45,000 crowd, the attention is primarily on the other side of the track, with events like the Style Award.
Style Ambassadors mingle with the crowds in the Red Rum Garden to find the winner of this coveted award.
With big prizes like cars, holidays and cash up for grabs, Grand National Ladies Day is a hugely popular day in the UK Jump racing calendar.
In 2019 the day falls on Friday 5th.
In recent years, the day has also become famous for celebrities, mainly in the Liverpool and Manchester areas, making an appearance at the track
With Coleen Rooney being a current example
With many tabloid newspapers covering the day, this day has a certain hype for the whos who of the glossy magazines.
Believe it, or not and unlike Royal Ascot Ladies Day, there is no official dress code for Ladies Day.
Ladies Day is called that for a reason.
However, if you did turn up on Ladies day in tracksuit bottoms and a t-shirt, not only would you feel extremely out of place there is a chance youd not be let in anyway.
If you are attending then you have to get into to spirit of the day and dress up
For the ladies, this means colourful dress and hats, while for the men youll look out of place if you are wearing anything but smart trousers a shirt and a jacket
In 2019 the day falls on Friday 5th.