Did you know that there is much more to the Grand National than just horse racing? The Aintree festival is also known for music, general entertainment and a fantastically fun atmosphere.
It is also a great place for dedicated followers of fashion to strut their stuff – they can even win big while doing so… no, we are not talking about picking winners in your best heels. We are referring to the style competition that takes place on Ladies’ Day on April 7.
Each year, the event gets more and more glam and this year will be no different. That’s because there is a massive prize on offer for the most fashionable folks in attendance.
Yes, you read that right – it’s not just the jockey, horses and trainers that will be winning big on Grand National week. It is also the better-dressed folks in the crowd.
The Style Award has become an integral part of the festival and this year’s prize really does not disappoint. Randox has taken over the sponsorship duties from Crabbies this year, but don’t worry, as their prizes are just as fantastic as previous sponsors.
This year’s winner is set to receive much more than just a sash and a bouquet of flowers – they will win a brand new black Range Rover Evoque.
This epic prize is worth £35,000 – some punters would be far better off focussing on the style stakes, as you would have to get very lucky with the horses to win a prize that sensational.
Last year’s winner Anna Gilderoy brought home a massive prize worth £43,000. This was made even more sensational by the fact it was Gilderoy’s 25th birthday on the day she won.
We don’t know about you guys, but we have never received a birthday present of that quality!
If you are lucky enough to be going to the event, then we would suggest that you start queuing up at the entry desk as early as possible as this attraction is hugely popular among racegoers.
Don’t worry fellas, the competition is open to both sexes -so if you think your garb can match some of the lovely ladies’ efforts then go for it.
A group of experts will judge all the entries and shortlist a group of finalists. The winner will then be chosen from this group.
Other non-racing entertainment on the day includes a performance from pop star Sophie Ellis-Bexter. With such great prizes available for fashionistas, we wouldn’t be surprised to see some ‘murder on the dancefloor’.
If we were you, we would start studying the form now – who knows what designers and trends will be in vogue by the time Grand National week rolls around.