John Smith's Grand National

The John Smith's Grand National takes place at Aintree Racecourse on 6 April 2013.

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Concern over Aintree safety

Campaigners say they're still concerned over safety following the deaths of two horses at Aintree.

The League Against Cruel Sports is calling for organisers to bring the Grand National meeting to a halt.

Aintree in Liverpool - home of the Grand National. Credit: PA Images.

None of the 40 horses involved in this year's steeplechase died or wee seriously injured but Battlefront and Little Josh died in other races.

The animal welfare charity claims the total number of deaths during the three-day Aintree meeting is 40 since 2000.

24 horses have died on the Grand National course itself.



Ladies Day at the races

Today has been Ladies' Day at Aintree, with thousands of women competing in the fashion stakes at the Grand National course.

The main racing event takes place tomorrow - but today was all about the dresses, the shoes, and, possibly, a little bit of fake tan.

Paul Crone has spent the day sampling the sights and sounds of the concourses at Aintree:

The Hat Parade: Ladies fashion at Aintree

Allexiss Fawthrop from Leeds arrives for Ladies' Day at the 2013 John Smith's Grand National Meeting at Aintree Racecourse, Sefton. Credit: Press Association
Lyndsey Davies wearing a hat called The Eyelashes Credit: Press Association
Singer Liz McClarnon arrives at Aintree during Ladies' Day Credit: Press Association
Ladies hat fashions during Ladies' Day at Aintree Credit: Press Association
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