Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Fashionistas out for Ladies' Day

Coleen Rooney during Ladies' Day at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool
Racegoers arrive for Ladies' Day at Aintree
Sonia Razzaque wears a doughnut hat designed by Jean Ellis during Ladies' Day at Aintree

Glorious sunshine and colourful couture has greeted punters on the second day of the 164th John Smith's Grand National festival.

Ladies' Day at Aintree Racecourse has become a firm favourite with the fairer sex in Liverpool who have become known for pulling out all the stops in the fashion stakes.

Coleen Rooney, the wife of England and Manchester United star Wayne, led the way in a pink Azzedine Alaia pink knee-length dress with nude peep-toe shoes.

The WAG arrived with her mother Colette and friends to join the expected 150,000 race-goers for Friday's action.

Knee-length and full-length maxis with 1970s-style floppy hats seemed to be the hot trend this year.

On the track, the race card included seven contests, with highlights including the fifth race, the John Smith's Sefton Novices' Hurdle, which carries a prize fund of £100,000.

Champion jockey AP McCoy, who romped to victory on Don't Push It in last year's Grand National, looked ahead to the big race on Saturday, saying: "It's probably the most famous horse race in the whole world and it is the one time of the whole year that the general public and the betting public will watch the whole race," he said.

"There are a lot of special things about it. No matter how good a jockey you or anybody else thinks you are, you've no divine right to win the Grand National."

Racing pundit John McCririck said: "The eyes of the world will be on Aintree for those 10 minutes. The very name of the race is known all around the world, everyone has heard of the Grand National."

Looking out at the Ladies' Day crowds, the 70-year-old added: "I love the North West birds, they've got their bodies and they flaunt it."

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