HORSE racing is often associated with blokes and booze, but all of that changes on Ladies Day.

If you and your girlfriends fancy dressing up and heading down to Aintree Racecourse, here’s all you need to know about Ladies Day at the Grand National.

The Grand National Ladies Day is one of the fanciest events of the racing calendar

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The Grand National Ladies Day is one of the fanciest events of the racing calendar

When is Ladies Day at Grand National 2018?

Aintree’s highly-anticipated Ladies Day takes place today, April 13, at the Merseyside racecourse.

Gates open at 10.30am and the first race kicks off at 1.45pm, with the seventh and final race setting out at 5.30pm.

Sadly, tickets have now all sold out for the festival’s glamour centrepiece.

But if you can’t make it along, you can still keep up with the action as ITV broadcasts the races live from 2.00pm-5.00pm.

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What is the dress code for Aintree Ladies Day?

Aintree’s dress code is actually quite relaxed, although the website explains that many people opt to “use their trip as an opportunity to showcase their favourite race day outfits”.

The only clothes that aren’t allowed at the Grand National are sports clothes, i.e. trainers and tracksuits, and fancy dress.

Hats are optional, but are often worn on Ladies Day. Despite the lack of official dress code, the organisers explain that “smart is preferable and often adopted”.

Three ladies cheer on their horses during a race

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Three ladies cheer on their horses during a race

On Ladies Day, Aintree staff will be on the hunt for the day’s most stylish woman, who will be crowned the Style Award winner.

Randox Health, who sponsor the event, urge ladies to adopt a Style Code inspired by the Coco Chanel quote: “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.”

If you’re seeking inspiration, check out these photos from last year’s booze-drenched event, as revellers got stuck into the betting and the bars.

Or you could imitate TOWIE brunettes Megan McKenna and Jess Wright’s Ascot outfits.

Two women have a laugh at the Ladies Day 2016


Two women have a laugh at the Ladies Day 2016

What are the top tips for the Ladies Day 2018 races?

You can check out the day’s full race card here, and follow all the latest live updates and results with The Sun’s live blog.

And for those who fancy a flutter, here are the picks of tipster extraordinaire Templegate for the day’s races:

Templegate’s tips for Aintree

1.45 Aintree – Spiritofthegames: ‘Run in some of the hottest handicap hurdles this season and performed well’ (add to your betslip)

2.20 Aintree – Vision Des Flos: ‘Good run behind Samcro at Cheltenham and today’s track should suit better’ (add to your betslip)

2.50 Aintree – Elegant Escape: ‘If it turns into a real test of stamina it will really suit my fancy’ (add to your betslip)

3.25 Aintree – Politologue: ‘Never run well at Cheltenham and can bounce back to form here’ (add to your betslip)

4.05 Aintree – Theatre Territory: ‘Run some cracking races behind some top novices’ (add to your betslip)

4.40 Aintree – Santini: ‘Today’s better ground will suit him and he is still improving’ (add to your betslip)

5.15 Aintree – Chanceanotherfive: ‘Has the experience and comes here a fresh horse’ (add to your betslip)


This is everything you will ever need to know about Ladies Day at Aintree


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