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Around 50,000 fans flocked to the Merseyside meeting under sizzling sunshine and blue skies. And plenty of “fillies” have triumphed in the fashion stakes, with well-chosen fascinators leading by a small head.

It was a welcome return for Ladies Day after the pandemic kept punters away for the past two years.

Showbiz stars were also back, with Claire Sweeney and former Coronation Street favorite Helen Flanagan among the favourites.

Two sisters looked at a photo as they arrived with their father, after missing their annual trip in 2020 and 2021.

Sally Smith, 26, from Huyton, Liverpool, is an emergency services worker and looked ultra-cool in huge shades, all in black, with a gauze fascinator from Accessorize and a Bardot dress from PrettyLittleThing with matching heels.

She said: “I am delighted to be here after the past two years as it was always an annual event. Now the sun is shining and it’s such a beautiful day. I’m so excited to be back.

“I’ve been planning my outfit for the past few months and opted for black. I’m back in black! Sister Amy, 32, works for the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and also lives in Huyton.

She came in a pink floral Chi-Chi London dress with a Katie Mangan fascinator.

Amy said: “We came with our dad, so the day is for him!

“To see so many amazing people gathered here is great for the city and the racetrack. That’s why ladies’ day is
so special.”

Reagan Markwick, 21, an eyelash technician from Preston, said the return of Ladies Day had revived her business after a two-year pandemic nightmare. She said: “It’s been amazing.

“I’ve been so busy this week. Ladies Day saved me.

“During Covid, my job went from seven days a week
together. Sometimes I couldn’t
do anything.

“No one was seeing anyone or going anywhere. But this week has been amazing.

“It’s great to come to Ladies Day and see everyone looking so glamorous.

“I feel like I played a small part in that. It’s so exciting.”

Financial adviser Lara Ainsworth, 22, from Liverpool, said she felt nervous about going out dressed.

She said: “I was at the last Ladies Day in front of crowds three years ago and I was honestly starting to wonder if I could ever go to another one. It’s really strange to be all glamorous. I haven’t done it for so long.

“I was so nervous. I can’t remember being this anxious about anything in ages. But as soon as I got here and saw everyone looking so amazing, My nerves are gone It’s like pleasure
start here.

Many women showed their support for Ukraine by dressing in the colors of the national flag, including Claire Dixon, from Whitehaven, Cumbria. The 41-year-old nuclear plant worker bought her royal blue dress from retailer Coast and paired it with a blue and yellow hat and yellow handbag.

She said, “I support the Ukrainian people a lot and I’m happy to show it.”

Michelle Mutch, 54, wore a blue outfit by Liverpool designer Mark Melia. When asked if she had any advice for the day, she added, “Earn a lot, drink a lot and have fun.”

The coveted ‘best dressed’ prize saw one woman take home a £500 Never Fully Dressed or £300 House of Cavani voucher, as well as a cash prize of £5,000 and a spa break.

Meanwhile, bookmakers fear red favorite Snow Leopardess could trigger the biggest payout in the Grand National’s 183-year history as experts predict the mare will be the first dam to win the race.

The 7/1 favorite could cost bookmakers across the industry £30m if they win the big race. The Grand National starts at 5:15 p.m. today.

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This notice was published: 2022-04-08 22:01:00

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