AINTREE bosses hailed yesterday’s Ladies Day as “the most stylish in Grand National history” — despite scores of racegoers ignoring their pleas and flashing the flesh.
Best-dressed prizes of £43,000 were offered in a bid to encourage women to cover up in style.
But punters among the 47,000-strong crowd snubbed stuffy Aintree chiefs’ “style code” once the booze began to flow at the Liverpool racecourse.
Last month’s Cheltenham Festival was rocked by scandal over racegoers’ antics. They included two footballers caught peeing into a beer glass and reality stars flashing their breasts.
Yesterday some punters were seen swigging straight from champagne bottles, while two women took turns in flashing each other’s underwear.
Fallon Watkins, 24, from Manchester, told The Sun she was in for a boozy day.
She said: “We are obviously going to get totally wasted today. But I hope I don’t fall over because I’m not wearing any knickers.”
Nursery nurse Melissa Oley, 23, also from Manchester, added: “We’re going to get drunk and hopefully win some money.”
Jockey Club regional director John Baker said officials were trying to make Aintree “a little bit more aspirational”.
Wayne Rooney’s wife Coleen sang the praises of some spectators. She tweeted: “Lots of people made a massive effort and looked beautiful.
“They’re showing us all what gorgeous looking people they are, dressed to perfection.”
Hollyoaks actress Jessica Fox agreed. She told The Sun: “I’m all about fashion so it’s amazing to see so many people here looking incredible and letting their hair down.”
Graphic designer Rebecca Woodruff, 22, from Preston, told The Sun that she started her preparations a day early.
She said: “I got ready yesterday with my fake tan, nails and make-up. Sleeping was pretty uncomfortable.”
Training co-ordinator Anna Gilderoy celebrated her first trip to Aintree by landing the judges’ style award.
The 25-year-old, from Durham, beat nine others to win a £35,000 Range Rover and an £8,000 shopping package. She wore a £70 Asos cream and gold backless dress, gold watch and fascinator.
She said: “I’m totally shocked. I’ve always wanted to come, but couldn’t last year. My auntie bought me tickets for my birthday — so this is the best birthday present ever. I only bought a second-hand VW Golf two months ago. I guess I’ll have to sell it.”