Aintree ladies pull out all fashion stops as they kick off 2023 Grand National in style today | The Sun

EYE-POPPING dresses and champagne on tap… one of the most anticipated events in the racing calendar is back with a bang.

Ladies of Liverpool have ramped up the fashion stakes at Aintree Racecourse as they kickstart the 2023 Grand National.

Many glamorous racegoers have braved stilettos and their fanciest dresses for the event. 

And many will be hoping the rain holds off ruining their eye-catching fascinators.

According to the Jockey Club, the dress code at Aintree is very inclusive.

The website states: “At Aintree Racecourse we believe racing should be enjoyed by anyone and everyone. 

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“And one thing is certainly true, the more relaxed and comfortable we feel, the more likely we are to have a great time. 

“So that’s why we’ve created one very simple piece of guidance, to come ‘dressed to feel your best’.

“So wear what feels right for you and will keep you feeling your best from start to finish, whatever the weather.”

Fancy dress is also encouraged, but they add: “please avoid inappropriate or offensive outfits, as anything deemed vulgar or derogatory may be refused entry.”

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In 2023, the Aintree Festival takes place from April 13 to 15 with Ladies Day on Friday and the Grand National itself taking place on Saturday April 15.

The Grand National, which will kick off at 5.15pm on Saturday afternoon, remains arguably the biggest horse race in the world.

The event, which traditionally features 40 horses, has been running since 1839 and around a third of the UK is expected to put at least one bet on this year's race.

Last year's winner was an eye-opener as Noble Yeats, ridden by amateur jockey Sam Waley-Cohen triumphed and was priced at a huge 50-1.

Which just goes to show anybody can claim the prestigious trophy.

Winning the Grand National was a fairytale ending to Sam Waley-Cohen's career as a jockey.

In 2021 Rachael Blackmore became the first-ever female jockey to win the Grand National.

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