While horse racing is very much loved by everyone, few days celebrate its female fans more than Ladies Day at the Aintree Grand National Festival.

Ladies Day is a dazzling spectacle that brings racing and high fashion together with a touch of glamour.

A cherished tradition on the British sporting and social calendar, it is a day when women from all walks of life come together to showcase their style, sophistication, and love for the sport.

As the horses thunder down the iconic Aintree course, the stands pop with colour, elegance, and excitement.

But there’s more to Ladies Day then just nice hats and heels. It’s also a fantastic day for racing and 2024 will be no exception.

When Is Ladies Day?

Ladies Day is traditionally held on the second day of the three-day Festival. So, in other words, it is always on Friday.

For 2024, the event will take place on Friday, April 12th 2024.

Style Awards

You can’t have Ladies Day without highlighting some of the impressive outfits on display.

With that in mind, the pinnacle of the day is the Style Awards which puts the spotlight on the best dressed of the day.

While most entrants spend months planning their wardrobe from head to toe, others can be a little last minute.

That was the case for the 2023 winner, Sian Jones, who was stunned to win given that, by her own admission, her outfit was “quite a last-minute thing”

The winner even admitted that she felt weirdly guilty. With a dress from ASOS and her handbag from a charity shop, she was elegance personified.

For her efforts she went home with a holiday worth £5,000 along with £1,500 spending money, £1,000 donation to her chosen charity and a £300 House of Cavani voucher.

They even threw in two Garden Club Tickets to Ladies Day 2024.

Betting On Ladies Day 2024

With the 2024 Aintree Festival still a long way off, there are almost no ante-post markets available for any of the racing on Ladies’s Day.

There are a number of reasons for this. For jumps races, trainers typically enter their horses several weeks before the race.

That means they don’t have to make any decisions until after the Cheltenham Festival in 2024.

Given that quite a few race entries are dependant on the outcome of that Festival first, bookmakers aren’t willing to take chances on these kinds of markets.

Exceptions are made for big Cheltenham races or the Grand National, especially as entries are made months in advance.

However, for normal races, you have to wait until much closer to the time to place a bet.

But that means you have plenty of time to do some research on who you think could get entered and run a good race.

We recommend that you do a bit of leg work and check out the UK’s horse racing results to get an idea of which horses and trainers are on form.

If they do well over the coming season, they could be heading to Aintree next April and you’ll know who to back.

Aintree Festival Day 2 Racing Schedule

While the fashion on display certainly elevates the second day’s racing at the Festival, there’s no disputing that the vast majority of racegoers are there for the racing.

With seven races on the card, the first of the day gets underway at 1.45pm. The jewels in the crown on the day are undoubtedly the Melling Chase and the Topham Chase.

Both races attract the best runners in the country with prize to match.

Melling Chase

The Melling Chase is run over a distance of 2m4f with sixteen fences to be jumped. The race is after Melling, a nearby village and was established in 1991.

It has always been a Grade 1 race with famous winners, including Fakir D’oudairies, Sprinter Sacre, Voy Por Ustedes and Moscow Flyer.

If it’s the best chasers in the country you want to see then the Melling Chase is where you’ll find them.

Runners often come to Aintree for this race following a trip to the Queen Mother Champion Chase or the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

And with £250,000 up for grabs, who can blame them!

Topham Chase

While not a Grade 1, the Topham Chase is still seen as a very prestigious race and is run over a distance of 2m5f.

One of the oldest races in the country, the Topham has been going since 1949 and is now one of three races run over the famous Grand National fences.

Many trainers and owners use this race to determine how their horses fair against the tricky fences, often with one eye on the following year’s National.

Famous winners include Always Waining who won this race in three consecutive years (2010, 2011, 2012) the only horse to have ever done so.

For the full racing schedule for Ladies Day 2024, just check out the details below.

Time Race Name Distance
1:45pm The Air Charter Services Mildmay Novices’ Steeple Chase (Class 1) Grade 1 3m 1f
2:20pm The Handicap Hurdle (Class 1) Grade 3 2m 4f
2:55pm The Novices’ Hurdle (Class 1) Grade 1 2m ½f
3:30pm The Marsh Steeple Chase (Registered as the Melling) (Grade 1) 2m 4f
4:05pm The Topham Chase (Grade 3) 2m 5f
4:40pm The Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (Class 1) Grade 1 3m ½f
5:15pm The Abersoch Land and Sea Handicap Hurdle (Class 2) (Conditional & Amateur Jockeys) 2m ½f

Conclusion

Ladies Day at the Aintree Festival is a thrilling blend of horse racing excitement and high-fashion glamour.

It’s a day where the thundering hooves on the course meet the elegance of vibrant dresses and stylish hats in the stands.

Whether you’re a racing enthusiast, a fashion lover, or simply looking for a fantastic day out, Ladies Day at Aintree is an event that offers something for everyone.

It’s a celebration of both sport and style, making it an unforgettable day on the social and sporting calendar.