The Grand National is an annual horse race and the most famous in the world. It is held at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, England, the first show ran in 1839.
William Lynn, a publican of Liverpool’s Waterloo Hotel was responsible for founding the race.
This year, the course was 4.4 miles long, with 40 horses jumping a variety of 30 fences, over two laps, for the prize of 1.241,300 US Dollars.
The race attracted more than 70,000 racegoers. More than 600 million people tune in to watch the Grand National each year. It attracts audiences from more than 140 countries.
It was first broadcast on British Television in 1960, and on the radio in 1927.
Racing has always been held in very high regard and it has a very prestigious nature to it. The races are now places where people go to demonstrate power, knowledge, wealth or good taste.
The most unfortunate ones go to seek exactly the same.
However, the goddess of luck, Fortuna, loves all her children, so every reveler has their own odds at a win with a bit of a flutter.
A lot of revelers want to look top notch during the three days of the races. There were a lot of women looking rather dashing on the racecourse. Fascinators were all over the place in various sizes and shapes!
The men weren’t looking bad either. On the contrary!
Many of them opted for either casual but neat shirt and jeans, some went full-tux.
Champagne, cigars and ice were all round! The heat was sweltering, and racegoers were cooling themselves with cold champagne, beer, whiskey or cider. Mini Moet champagne bottles came with a flute!
For the first time in 170 years, there were armed cops to patrol the Grand National, as security was heightened after the recent London terror attack.
“As per normal racegoers can expect to see high visibility policing across the three days of the event,” was reported to The Sun newspaper by Chief Superintendent Claire Richards of Merseyside Police.
“They may also see an armed presence but I want to reassure them that this is not in response to any direct threat aimed at the festival but just as a visible reassurance for the thousands of people who will come through the gates over the three days,” she added.
Luckily, everything was smooth sailing. The organization was top notch, the weather was perfect, maybe a little too perfect, champagne was flowing and everyone was enjoying themselves!
Below is a compilation of many happy dapper gents and preened ladies!