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    Racegoers sit amongst empty glasses as the crowds make their way home in the afternoon sun after a day's racing on Ladies Day of the Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, England, Friday April 7, 2017.

    British 'Ladies', Bare Bums & Bonkers Behaviour at UK Grand National Horse Race

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    An old UK tradition dating back to the middle of the 19th century, the Grand National horse race has caused a major rift between supporters of the event and critics, condemning the disorderly behaviour of female attendees.

    The annual race event at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool kicked off on 4 April with a Grand Opening, followed by what is known as ‘Ladies Day' on Friday. Unlike the horse racing events at the Royal Ascot, attended by the Queen and other members of Britain's royal family, the Aintree festival doesn't have a strict dress code.

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    "However, if you did turn up on Ladies day in tracksuit bottoms and a t-shirt, not only would you feel extremely out of place there is a chance you'd not be let in anyway," the organizers said.   

    Although this year many women were for their sense of style and choice of colour pallete, it is the inappropriate behaviour and appearance by some female attendees that caught the eye of the critics. 

    "Ladies Day is called that for a reason," the organizers warned. "If you are attending then you have to get into to spirit of the day and dress up."

    Questionable fashion choices by Ladies Day goers left social media buzzing with harsh criticism, fuelled by the love of Liverpool ladies for fake tan.

    A total of 21 races will be run during the Grand National 2019 Festival, which will host over 150,000 racegoers across the 3 days. 


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