Bright dresses and cheesy hats on show at Ladies' Day

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Video report by ITV News sports correspondent Ian Payne

Fans of a particular take on fashion were out in force today to make Ladies' Day at the Grand National meeting as eyecatching as ever.

Tens of thousands of people attended Liverpool's Aintree racecourse for the second day of racing, which is a highlight in the North West's social calendar.

Millions of pounds will be bet on tomorrow's big race, but today most of the attention was on the breathtaking range of outfits in the stands.

There was even a £10,000 luxury holiday to the Dominican Republic on offer for the best dressed race-goer.

Perhaps in a bid to catch the judge's eye some guests wore vibrant and ambitious outfits, while others hoped a more classy and elegant look would land them a break in the Caribbean.

Ladies' Day winds down. Credit: PA

Racing aficionados unleashed their elaborate hats and fascinators, with one even donning headwear made from Mini Cheddars.

Sarah Morris wears a hat made from Mini Cheddars. Credit: PA

The more sensible women chose flat shoes to negotiate the wet conditions, but others were determined not to let the rain stop them sporting their extravagant heels.

All eyes will be on the course tomorrow for the 167th running of the Grand National.

The world's most famous steeplechase is run over nearly four and a half miles and officials are hoping all runners and riders make it to the finish line safely as they did last year, following equine fatalities in previous years.

Teaforthree, which came third last year, is among the favourites, alongside Long Run, Monbeg Dude and Tidal Bay.