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Ladies’ day at Aintree

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The Grand National Festival always marks a rousing end to the national hunt season.

The undisputed on-track highlight of the week is Saturday's Grand National - and if you've yet to decide where to wager your pennies, check out our betting guide to the big race.

Off the track, however, the highlight of the three-day meeting is Ladies' day on Friday.

And with this year's Festival being blessed with the best weather of the year so far, the incredible outfits shown off by some of the 150,000 racegoers expected this week were all shown off to the very best.

Here's our selection of some of the most eye-catching ensembles:

Tattoos or fake tan? The choice is yours...

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...but whatever you go for, make sure you co-ordinate with your girlfriends:

 

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One girl was so determined not to lug a picnic basket around that she decided to wear her afternoon snack: 

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Ladies day would be nothing without enormous and extravagant hats... 

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...while famous visitors are also a big part of the experience...

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...and the royal presence appeared to inspire at least one racegoer into wearing a patriotic creation:

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This novice jockey really was determined to make an effort as she headed off to her first ride of the day:

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Sometimes in fashion all you can do is sit back and say "what a lovely pair". Of hats, obviously:

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For those who fail to pick a winner, there's always a trip to the bar to raise the spirits. Or the beers, or the cider and blackcurrant...

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...and if all else fails, pout nicely for the cameras and dream of eternal fame as a footballer's wife, a lifestyle guru or even in a whimsical internet sport blog:

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