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Grand National hero greets children during hospital visit

The 2004 Grand National winner Amberleigh House got involved during the annual Aintree jockeys' visit at Alder Hey Children's Hospital

Aintree Racecourse's Twitter account posted:

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From Mini Cheddars to feathers: The hats of Ladies Day

An assortment of fabulous and fascinating hats graced Aintree Racecourse today at the Grand National festival's Ladies Day.

Sarah Morris says cheese as she shows off her hat made from Mini Cheddars. Credit: Pete Byrne/PA Wire
One racegoer takes a ride a model horse during Ladies Day. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire
Aintree Racecourse was a scene of fabulous hats and handbags. Credit: EMPICS Sport/EMPICS Sport and David Davies/PA Wire

Your selfies from Ladies Day at Aintree

We want your selfies from this year's Ladies Day at the Aintree Festival.

Send them to granada.reports@itv.com or tweet us @GranadaReports.

Here are some of the latest pictures:

Louise Counsell and friends at Aintree Credit: Louise Counsell
Keren Lawton and her vintage pals Credit: Keren Lawton
Our Entertainment Correspondent Caroline Whitmore with fashion blogger Prince Cassius at Aintree Credit: Caroline Whitmore
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Ladies Day at Aintree's Grand National festival

Ladies Day has got underway at the Grand National festival, shining a light on the female racegoers at Aintree Racecourse.

Racegoers arrive at Aintree Racecourse for Ladies Day at the Grand National festival. Credit: John Giles/PA Wire
Many of the ladies went all out in the fashion stakes. Credit: Pete Byrne/PA Wire
Pashminas and hats are just the ticket as Ladies Day gets underway. Credit: John Giles/PA Wire

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Merseyside police issue Aintree races safety tips

Merseyside police have issued safety tips for Aintree racegoers . They say, Grand National weekend is always one of the busiest times as a large number of people visit the city.

Over the course of the weekend there will be extra police officers in the city centre to ensure people can go about their business safely and enjoy all that the night time economy of Liverpool has to offer.

"We know that this weekend will certainly be a busy time for our region's pubs, clubs and bars and we want people to come into our city and enjoy themselves.

"There will be a large number of people in the city centre and we do not want any of them to become victims of crime. We want people to take responsibility for themselves; our messages to people coming into the city are - take some simple steps; keep your bags fastened and phones hidden, stay together and drink responsibly."

– Superintendent Mark Wiggins
  • Check your bag is closed especially in crowded areas.
  • Don't leave shopping bags on display in your car.
  • Separate a little money from your handbag so if your bag is stolen, you can get still get home.
  • For men, keep your wallet or valuables out of sight if you can - use an inside buttoned pocket
  • Think about when you need to withdraw cash - 2pm in the afternoon, when there are other people are about, is better than 2am in the morning when the street is quiet.
  • Go with a friend
  • Don't use cashpoints when you have been drinking
  • If you see somebody suspicious, walk away and go back later
  • Only take what you need, don't walk around with bundles of cash
  • Don't count your money in full view of strangers
  • Don't keep your PIN number with your cashcard
  • Don't ask people to withdraw cash on your behalf

Fashion on the field for 'Ladies Day'

Ladies day Credit: PA

Today is the famous 'Ladies Day' at Aintree Festival ahead of the Grand National tomorrow. Thousands of women are competing in the fashion stakes.

Last year Liverpool One shopping centre said its stores had sold 2,000 litres of fake tan, 10,000 bags and 38,700 pairs of stilettos this week ahead of Ladies' Day.

We want your 'selfies' from the day. They might even end up on the programme. Email granada.reports@itv.com or tweet @GranadaReports.

Guitar Pete wins on opening day of Grand National

Guitar Pete ridden by Paul Carberry (centre) wins the Injured Jockeys Fund 50th Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle Credit: PA

Guitar Pete ridden by Paul Carberry won the Injured Jockeys Fund 50th Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle at Aintree.

Racegoers watch the action during the Crabbie's Grand National 2014 Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Owner of Guitar Pete Mrs Pat Sloan congratulates jockey Paul Carberry after his win Credit: PA

Coleen Rooney celebrates birthday at Aintree

Coleen Rooney celebrates with friends at the Grand National Credit: PA

Coleen Rooney is celebrating her 28th birthday at the Grand National today.

Coleen joined thousands of other racegoers on the opening day of the three day festival at Aintree.

Coleen Rooney at the Grand National Credit: PA
Coleen Rooney at the Grand National Credit: PA
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