Racing fans share photos in their best dresses and biggest hats as they celebrate virtual Ladies’ Day during lockdown

FORGET sitting round in your pjs today, women all over the country have been showcasing their best dresses and hats as they “virtually” attend Aintree’s Ladies Day. 

The famous racing event was due to take place today but was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak – and instead women are competing for the Best Dressed award from afar. 

Proving that it takes more than a lockdown to get in the way of fashion, women have used their kitchens, lounges and bedroom as backdrops as they pose for the camera. 

While many of us have spent the last few weeks in comfy clothes at home, these glamorous Grand National fans look sensational in eye-catching dresses and sky-high heels. 

Until now, only racegoers with tickets have been able to enter the prestigious Best Dressed competition. 

However, now event organisers have extended this to the whole of the UK, challenging those in self-isolation to submit their best races outfit photo by midday on Monday April 6. 

The competition is called “A Grand Day In”, and means any dresses pre-bought for the racing event won’t be wasted. 

In order to enter, you need to submit a photograph of yourself or with the clothes laid out ready to wear via the Ladies Day Facebook event page.

Winners of the virtual Best Dressed Male and Best Dressed Female competition will win free hospitality packages for the 2021 Grand National Ladies' Day on April 9, 2021.

Entries have been flooding in and numerous women have been donning floral ensembles to celebrate the start of spring in isolation. 

The Aintree racing event usually takes place over three days, and was due to start yesterday before the pandemic led to a ban of large gatherings. 

Thousands of stylish revellers would have taken to the stands in Liverpool, after months of planning their outfits. 

Dickon White, Regional Director of Jockey Club Racecourses North West, said: “Our Ladies’ Day is one of the highlights of the calendar for the people of Liverpool and the North West and there is always a fantastic atmosphere.

"While we’re disappointed that we can’t be there in person this year we’re determined to do all we can to lift people’s spirits and put a smile on people’s faces."

The Jockey Club has also announced the first day of next year’s Aintree festival will be renamed Liverpool’s NHS Day, with 10,000 tickets donated to NHS and professional carers in Merseyside.

Racing fans can tune into tomorrow to watch a virtual race take place online, with 40 horses and riders. 

Aintree's simulation is a fantastic reflection of the real race – all 40 runners jump the 30 fences as they would in the Liverpool spectacular – and the computer takes into account as many variables as could be dreamt up by the most diligent of form gurus.

Essentially, this is the most accurate way of deciding the winner of the Grand National without any real horses taking part!

The pre-recorded Virtual Grand National will be shown on ITV from 5pm until 5.30pm this Saturday, April 4.

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