Aintree Festival 2019, Day 1: Racegoers show off their glamorous ensembles on day 1 of horse racing

Glamorous guests kicked off day one of Aintree Grand National Festival 2019 in an array of head-turning ensembles on Thursday, braving the frosty April temperatures. 

Female racegoers arrived at the three-day event in a show of towering heels, plunging necklines and thigh-skimming hemlines.

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 first guests brought with them a splash of colour, boasting bare arms and floral red ensembles, posing as they prepared for a day of festivities. 

Let the festivities begin! Glamorous guests kicked off day one of Aintree Grand National Festival 2019 in an array of head-turning ensembles on Thursday, braving the frosty April temperatures in a show of towering heels, plunging necklines and thigh-skimming hemlines

Let the festivities begin! Glamorous guests kicked off day one of Aintree Grand National Festival 2019 in an array of head-turning ensembles on Thursday, braving the frosty April temperatures in a show of towering heels, plunging necklines and thigh-skimming hemlines

Let the festivities begin! Glamorous guests kicked off day one of Aintree Grand National Festival 2019 in an array of head-turning ensembles on Thursday, braving the frosty April temperatures in a show of towering heels, plunging necklines and thigh-skimming hemlines

Scarlet appeared to be the theme for the first arrivals, with one guest opting for a red floor-length dress with a high-low hemline and coordinating black accessories, while another went for a red floral dress and matching satin clutch.

Their companion opted for a more demure black jumpsuit, warding off the chilly temperatures. 

Meanwhile another woman was seen arriving in a bright orange jumpsuit and sensible heels, wrapping up with a black wool coat as the pre-drink temperatures proved too much to bear.

And ladies sporting more risque ensembles soon started to arrive, with one lady rocking a dramatic red hat and white mini-dress, while another went all out in a pink and gold ruffled tutu-style frock.

Elsewhere asymmetric necklines and high-low hemlines were on show, with the common theme of killer heels sure to leave the ladies with aching feet by the end of the day. 

And some guests opted for retro chic in Bardot-neck dresses, polka dots and oversized headgear, braving the windy conditions as they posed for pictures. 

Left to right: Red was the theme for these eager early birds, with one guest (left) opting for a red floor-length dress with a high-low hemline and coordinating black ensembles, while another went for a red floral dress and matching satin clutch (right). Their companion opted for a black jumpsuit (centre)

Left to right: Red was the theme for these eager early birds, with one guest (left) opting for a red floor-length dress with a high-low hemline and coordinating black ensembles, while another went for a red floral dress and matching satin clutch (right). Their companion opted for a black jumpsuit (centre)

Left to right: Red was the theme for these eager early birds, with one guest (left) opting for a red floor-length dress with a high-low hemline and coordinating black ensembles, while another went for a red floral dress and matching satin clutch (right). Their companion opted for a black jumpsuit (centre)

Glamorous guests kicked off day one of Aintree Grand National Festival 2019 in an array of head-turning ensembles on Thursday, braving the frosty April temperatures

Glamorous guests kicked off day one of Aintree Grand National Festival 2019 in an array of head-turning ensembles on Thursday, braving the frosty April temperatures

The first arrivals brought a splash of colour in red floral dresses and killer heels, along with trademark headgear

The first arrivals brought a splash of colour in red floral dresses and killer heels, along with trademark headgear

Turning heads in red! The first arrivals brought a splash of colour in red floral dresses and killer heels, along with trademark headgear, seen left and right

Meanwhile another woman was seen arriving in a bright orange jumpsuit and sensible heels, wrapping up with a black wool coat as the pre-drink temperatures proved too much to bear

Meanwhile another woman was seen arriving in a bright orange jumpsuit and sensible heels, wrapping up with a black wool coat as the pre-drink temperatures proved too much to bear

Meanwhile another woman was seen arriving in a bright orange jumpsuit and sensible heels, wrapping up with a black wool coat as the pre-drink temperatures proved too much to bear

A group of glamours racegoers showed off their colourful array of outfits, opting for pastel tone suits and dresses, short ruffle multi-tier dresses, sheer blouses and dramatic headgear

A group of glamours racegoers showed off their colourful array of outfits, opting for pastel tone suits and dresses, short ruffle multi-tier dresses, sheer blouses and dramatic headgear

A group of glamours racegoers showed off their colourful array of outfits, opting for pastel tone suits and dresses, short ruffle multi-tier dresses, sheer blouses and dramatic headgear

A woman opted for a floral ruffled thigh-skimming dress despite the chilly day

A woman opted for a floral ruffled thigh-skimming dress despite the chilly day

Another attendee went for a plunging monochrome dress and killer heels

Another attendee went for a plunging monochrome dress and killer heels

Elsewhere guests braved the cold and bared their legs in patterned dresses. Seen left: A woman opted for a floral ruffled thigh-skimming dress despite the chilly day, while – seen right- another attendee went for a plunging monochrome dress and killer heels

Meanwhile male race-goers put on a safer display, rocking their best three piece grey suits and navy outfits – with some pushing the boat out in tan-coloured shoes.

While Aintree may not have the royal touch Ascot does, it certainly holds its own in the fashion stakes when it comes to flashing the flesh. 

As well as killer heels, thigh-skimming dresses and plunging necklines, the event is famous for its display of flamboyant headgear.

Soldiers of the Irish Guards were seen marching through the grounds as day 1 of the Grand National Festival 2019 at Aintree Racecourse kicked off. 

Tomorrow, day two of the event three-day event, is famously Ladies Day, where female racegoers get out their best outfits and put on an array of daring displays, with the ‘best-dressed’ receiving the coveted award. 

According to racecourse bosses, there’s no strict dress code for the festival as there is for Royal Ascot.

Grand National Festival 2019 at Aintree Racecourse - Day 1: Excited racegoers were seen arriving in an array of colourful ensembles and were sure to layer up amid plunging temperatures

Grand National Festival 2019 at Aintree Racecourse - Day 1: Excited racegoers were seen arriving in an array of colourful ensembles and were sure to layer up amid plunging temperatures

Grand National Festival 2019 at Aintree Racecourse – Day 1: Excited racegoers were seen arriving in an array of colourful ensembles and were sure to layer up amid plunging temperatures

One lady going for a coordinated fuchsia ensemble and matching scarf

One lady going for a coordinated fuchsia ensemble and matching scarf

One woman kept it classy in a beautifully cut black dress and matching head piece, covering up in a camel coat

One woman kept it classy in a beautifully cut black dress and matching head piece, covering up in a camel coat

Wrapping up! Others opted for more sensible attire, with one lady going for a coordinated fuchsia ensemble and matching scar, left, and another keeping it classy in a beautifully cut black dress and matching head piece, covering up in a camel coat

Here come the boys! Male race-goers put on a safer display, rocking their best three piece grey suits and navy outfits - with some pushing the boat out in tan-coloured shoes

Here come the boys! Male race-goers put on a safer display, rocking their best three piece grey suits and navy outfits - with some pushing the boat out in tan-coloured shoes

Here come the boys! Male race-goers put on a safer display, rocking their best three piece grey suits and navy outfits – with some pushing the boat out in tan-coloured shoes

Elsewhere these guests went retro in Bardot neck dresses, polka dots and  oversized headgear, braving the windy conditions as they posed for pictures

Elsewhere these guests went retro in Bardot neck dresses, polka dots and  oversized headgear, braving the windy conditions as they posed for pictures

Elsewhere these guests went retro in Bardot neck dresses, polka dots and  oversized headgear, braving the windy conditions as they posed for pictures

Guidance on the course website reads: ‘Although there is no official dress code, smart is preferable and is often adopted.

‘Aintree is a spectacle of colour throughout the year, with many using their trip to the racecourse as an opportunity to showcase their favourite raceday outfits. Hats are optional too, but are frequently worn.’

Fancy dress and ‘offensive clothing’ also make an appearance on the list of banned items this year.

However, in recent years event organisers have been trying to encourage a more conservative approach.

In 2015, an optional ‘style code’ was released in an effort to smarten up the event and encourage more sophisticated fashion.

The guide was devised by fashion writers from Vogue and Tatler in conjunction with Justine Mills, owner of Liverpool designer boutique Cricket – a favourite with WAGs such as Coleen Rooney.

Pregnant Beth Tweddle was seen arriving on day one of the 2019 Grand National Meeting at the Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool

Pregnant Beth Tweddle was seen arriving on day one of the 2019 Grand National Meeting at the Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool

The retired gymnast opted for a summery red dress emblazoned with a bird pattern, teaming it with flat sandals and a white blazer and envelope clutch

The retired gymnast opted for a summery red dress emblazoned with a bird pattern, teaming it with flat sandals and a white blazer and envelope clutch

Pregnant Beth Tweddle was seen arriving on day one of the 2019 Grand National Meeting at the Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool. The retired gymnast opted for a  summery red dress emblazoned with a bird pattern, teaming it with flat sandals and a white blazer and envelope clutch

The 33-year-old retired British artistic gymnast, who tied the knot to finance director Andy Allen (pictured) last June, is eight months pregnant with her first child

The 33-year-old retired British artistic gymnast, who tied the knot to finance director Andy Allen (pictured) last June, is eight months pregnant with her first child

The 33-year-old retired British artistic gymnast, who tied the knot to finance director Andy Allen (pictured) last June, is eight months pregnant with her first child

It was inspired by the Coco Chanel quote: ‘Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.’

At the time, John Baker, the northwest regional director for the Jockey Club, which owns Aintree, said he hoped to help give the event a facelift.

Security officials were seen making stringent security checks on Thursday morning ahead of day one of the much-anticipated racing event. 

Racegoers have always been subject to strict security procedures brought in after the IRA bomb scare in 1997, with only small handbags allowed to be brought into the event. 

Top racehorses will be getting in on the action, including Clan Des Obeaux and Bristol De Mai in the Betway Bowl.

More than £1.5million has been invested in trying to protect the welfare of horses, following the recent deaths of horses Sir Erec and Invitation Only at Cheltenham, which sparked animal welfare protests. 

Aintree has said it has ensured the safest ground is available to be raced on at all times, regardless of the weather and climate conditions. 

The grass is cut to precisely four inches for the whole circuit to provide plenty of cushion. Even the species of grass, make-up of the soil and measured watering is considered to ensure the ground is safer for horses to run on while the take-off and landing areas around the fences have been created with greater spring in the ground.

Jockey Leighton Aspell, who won successive Nationals in 2014 and 2015, said: ‘There are two things particularly that have changed for the better. Firstly the core of the fences is now much softer and safer and secondly the bypass of the fences, particularly for the loose horses. Every year, Aintree takes another step in the right direction.’

Veterinary teams assess the health of horses as soon as they arrive to certify they are safe to race and not a danger to themselves or other horses.

Soldiers of the Irish Guards were seen marching through the grounds as day 1 of the Grand National Festival 2019 at Aintree Racecourse kicked off

Soldiers of the Irish Guards were seen marching through the grounds as day 1 of the Grand National Festival 2019 at Aintree Racecourse kicked off

Soldiers of the Irish Guards were seen marching through the grounds as day 1 of the Grand National Festival 2019 at Aintree Racecourse kicked off

Security officials were seen making stringent security checks on Thursday morning ahead of day one of the much-anticipated race event

Security officials were seen making stringent security checks on Thursday morning ahead of day one of the much-anticipated race event

Security officials were seen making stringent security checks on Thursday morning ahead of day one of the much-anticipated race event

A soldier of the Irish Guards with an Irish Wolfhound was seen standing in the soon-to-be packed stadium on Grand National Thursday of the 2019

A soldier of the Irish Guards with an Irish Wolfhound was seen standing in the soon-to-be packed stadium on Grand National Thursday of the 2019

A soldier of the Irish Guards with an Irish Wolfhound was seen standing in the soon-to-be packed stadium on Grand National Thursday of the 2019 

A security officer was seen using a scanning device to check the underneath of a car arriving ahead of day one of the big day

A security officer was seen using a scanning device to check the underneath of a car arriving ahead of day one of the big day

A security officer was seen using a scanning device to check the underneath of a car arriving ahead of day one of the big day

Pictures show general views of the opening morning of the Grand National festival at Aintree, Liverpool

Pictures show general views of the opening morning of the Grand National festival at Aintree, Liverpool

Pictures show general views of the opening morning of the Grand National festival at Aintree, Liverpool

A sign warns visitors to look out for galloping ahead of the big day. Pictures show general views of the opening morning of the Grand National festival at Aintree, Liverpool

A sign warns visitors to look out for galloping ahead of the big day. Pictures show general views of the opening morning of the Grand National festival at Aintree, Liverpool

 A sign warns visitors to look out for galloping ahead of the big day. Pictures show general views of the opening morning of the Grand National festival at Aintree, Liverpool

Visitors were seen having their bags checked as they arrived to kick of day one of the Grand National Festival 2019

Visitors were seen having their bags checked as they arrived to kick of day one of the Grand National Festival 2019

Visitors were seen having their bags checked as they arrived to kick of day one of the Grand National Festival 2019

A sign warns guests of the prohibited items, which include large bags, flags, flares and long lens cameras. Fancy dress and offensive clothing are also on the list of banned items

A sign warns guests of the prohibited items, which include large bags, flags, flares and long lens cameras. Fancy dress and offensive clothing are also on the list of banned items

A sign warns guests of the prohibited items, which include large bags, flags, flares and long lens cameras. Fancy dress and offensive clothing are also on the list of banned items

 

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