Aintree races open with Liverpool"s finest attending in their droves


Coleen Rooney leads the fashion pack as Liverpool's finest flock to Aintree for first day of races

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14:07 GMT, 12 April 2012

The sun may not have shone on Aintree today, but the gathering storm clouds were no deterrent for the ladies of Liverpool, who gathered today for the first day of the world famous race meet.

Paying no heed to the chill in the air, Merseyside's finest fillies donned their best outfits for the occasion, with a sea of tanned limbs, bright floral dresses and cheerful fascinators setting the pace for the day's style.

Coleen Rooney, a regular at the annual race meet, put in an appearance, dressed in a fuchsia mini dress with flowing sleeves.

Pink Lady: Coleen leads the style brigade as she arrives at Aintree in stunning fuchsia dress

Pink Lady: Coleen leads the style brigade as she arrives at Aintree in stunning fuchsia dress

Pink Lady: Coleen leads the fashion parade as she arrives at Aintree in stunning fuchsia dress and 60s bouffant hairstyle

He's behind you! Wayne Rooney watches Big Bucks win the first race as his wife Coleen watches from the outside of their box

He's behind you! Wayne Rooney watches Big Bucks win the first race as his wife Coleen watches from the outside of their box

He's behind you! Wayne Rooney watches Big Bucks win the first race as his wife Coleen watches from the outside of their box

Day out: Coleen was joined by husband Wayne at the races today, along with some of his Manchester United team mates and their wives

Day
out: Coleen was joined by husband Wayne at the races today, along with
some of his Manchester United team mates and their wives

Brightening up: The clouds parted for a while, allowing the visitors to enjoy a moment of sunshine

Brightening up: The clouds parted for a while, allowing the visitors to enjoy a moment of sunshine

Race day finery: Ladies arrive for the first day of Aintree, with the colourful outfits a taster of things to come tomorrow at Ladies Day

Race day finery: The ladies arriving for the first day of Aintree gave a taster of things to come at tomorrow's Ladies Day

Chilly fillies! Racegoers leave their coats at home to show off their outfits to their best advantage

Chilly fillies! Racegoers leave their coats at home to show off their outfits to their best advantage

The course was celebrating Liverpool
day, with races to include the BGC Liverpool hurdle, the Matalan 4YO
Novices Hurdle and the Betfred Bowl.

The colourful outfits are a taste of things to come tomorrow, when Aintree will hold its Ladies Day.

Prizes will be awarded for the most
stylish racegoers, with a top prize of 5,000 going to the Ladies Day
attendee deemed to be the best dressed.

On the course, the racegoers will be
able to take in the John Smith's Melling Steeple Chase, won last year by
the Paul Nicholls-trained horse Master Minded, and the John Smith's
Topham Chase, which takes place on the Grand National course.

Here come the girls: A troupe of pretty ladies enjoy Liverpool Day

Here come the girls: A troupe of pretty ladies enjoy Liverpool Day

A summery creation in yellow

Lady in red

A summery creation in turquoise

Summer brights: Making a splash in buttercup yellow, vermillion and turquoise

Flower power: Bold blooms on black made a statement

Flower power: Bold blooms on black made a statement

Flower power

Flower power: Bold blooms on black made a statement

Tropical prints were a popular choice

Summery style

Cobalt was a big trend on the day

On trend: Tropical prints were a popular choice, while summery ruffles and cobalt blue were strong looks

Well groomed: Racegoers dress as glam as they can for the occasion

Well groomed: Racegoers dress as glam as they can for the occasion

Well groomed: Racegoers dress as glam as they can for the occasion

On Saturday, the Merseyside
racecourse will see the notorious John Smith Grand National take place, a
race that dates back to 1839, when it was first won by a horse called
Lottery.

Despite its popularity, the
controversial steeplechase has become the focus of much debate after
claiming the lives of a number of horses.

Since the year 2000, 20 horses have
died on the course or as a result of the race, and in last year's Grand
National, just 19 of the 40 horses who started the race completed the
course.

Charity Animal Aid is calling for a betting boycott ahead of this weekend's event.

Animal magic: A racegoer in zebra print

Floral prints

Bold colours

Vibrant: Animal prints made a statement, as did plenty of florals and bright contrasting colours

All smiles: Tanned legs were out on show, despite the gloomy weather

Chilled out: Legs were on show at Aintree

Chilled out! Bare legs and arms were out on show, despite the gloomy weather

Living doll: An Aintree lady wears a powder pink babydoll

Living doll: An Aintree lady wears a powder pink babydoll

Prints charming: Graphic patterns were worn in myriad tones

Making a statement in prints

Prints charming: Graphic patterns were worn in myriad tones

Northern brights: Women chose vibrant colours and eye-catching styles

Northern brights: Women chose vibrant colours and eye-catching styles


Tantastic! Girls made sure their limbs were well bronzed ahead of the event

Tantastic: Girls made sure their limbs were well bronzed ahead of the event

Tutu-good: Light, summery styles were the order of the day

Tutu-good: Light, summery styles were the order of the day

Tutu-good: Light, summery styles were the order of the day

Wrapped up warm: BB, one of the stars of E4's modelling show Dirty Sexy Things, thinks a knitted onesie is suitable attire for the races

Mayoral candidate and hairstylist Herbert Howe

Menswear: BB, star of E4 model show Dirty Sexy Things, thinks a knitted onesie is suitable attire for the races, while Liverpool's Mayoral candidate and hairstylist Herbert Howe dresses in his own flamboyant way

In their finest: The first day of racing kicked off in style

In their finest: The first day of racing kicked off in style

Hats off! A well-chosen piece of headgear is a must for Aintree

Hats off! A well-chosen piece of headgear is a must for Aintree

Hats off! A well-chosen piece of headgear is a must for Aintree

Falling at the first hurdle! The wedge heels of one fashionably dressed racegoer get the better of her
Falling
at the first hurdle! The wedge heels of one fashionably dressed
racegoer get the better of her as she negotiates the grass slope

Another one bites the dust! It's not always easy walking in heels

Another one bites the dust! It's not always easy walking in heels, you know

Pretty in pink: The colour was a popular hue at the Merseyside course

Pretty in pink: The colour was a popular hue at the Merseyside course