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Brollies and ponchos win the fashion stakes on a rainy Ladies Day at Aintree

Puddles and showers forced racegoers to take protective measures at the Grand National meeting.

Wet weather failed to stop the style as racegoers turned out at Aintree for Ladies Day.

Punters accessorised with umbrellas and ponchos for the damp second day of the famous race meet in Merseyside.

Sophie Gatliff, 27, who came up from London with friend Lydia Unwin, 24, for the racing said: “Once we have a glass of champagne we’ll be fine!”

Ms Unwin said the weather was disappointing but added: “We’re going to get over that I’m sure.”

The pair both wore bright colours, with Ms Unwin wearing a green dress with fascinator and Ms Gatliff in a wide-legged jumpsuit with yellow pattern.

Ms Unwin said: “I think it’s a really fun day just to dress up and you know you can wear things a little bit more extravagant, that you wouldn’t otherwise get to wear so I just went for colour.”

The fashion crown was taken by 19-year-old student Robyn-May Quinn, from County Armagh in Northern Ireland, who won the annual Style Contest at the second day of the famous race meet.

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Racegoers are surrounded by rubbish as they leave the course on Ladies Day of the 2018 Randox Health Grand National Festival (David Davies/PA)

But, she said she would have to ask for her father’s permission before she was allowed to drive the prize, a Range Rover Evoque.

She wore a beige dress with a floral design and a beaded headband with a leaf design.

She said: “I picked the dress pretty quickly and I got the hat designed for the dress.”

Miss Quinn said she was at the races with her family and friends and they had all entered the style contest together “for the craic”.

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Randox Health Doctor of Medicine Dr Peter FitzGerald (centre right) and Kenny Dalglish (centre right) pose with the 2018 Randox Health Grand National trophy (David Davies/PA)

Among the celebrities out for the occasion were comedian Jason Manford, former Liverpool FC footballers Jamie Carragher and Kenny Dalglish and reality TV stars from Love Island and the Real Housewives Of Cheshire.

Chris Hughes, a former Love Island contestant, said the atmosphere had made up for the weather.

He said: “The Scouse public kind of pick you up, they like warm the weather.”

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Female racegoers on Ladies Day (Peter Byrne/PA)

On the women’s outfits, he said: “There’s a lot of flesh on show, I love it.”

Other trends including bold colours and this year saw many female racegoers favouring trousers instead of the traditional dresses.

Carole Cooper, 59, from Wigan wore an emerald green dress which she had made herself.

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Racegoers take a selfie amid the rain (Peter Byrne/PA)

She said: “It’s my favourite colour and I know green is in this year.”

She added: “We’re not going to let the rain put us off.”

Her husband Jim, 61, said: “It’s always fabulous, Ladies Day, Aintree, the whole meeting, it’s just brilliant.”

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A female racegoer enters into the Grand National spirit during Ladies Day (Peter Byrne/PA)

Charlotte Wilson, 24, from Burnley said she had gone for “neutral glam” in a beige off-the -shoulder dress and fascinator, while friend Maddie Stevenson, 20, went for a “red classic dress”.

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