It’s that time of year again. The horses are in their boxes, being pulled by jeeps from all over the world, en route to one location. Aintree Racecourse, UK. For the racing readers among you, you may be familiar with the racing calendar and know that this race week tops the charts, in terms of the best horse racing, the best festival fun, and of course the best fashion on the circuit.

Aintree attracts top-class horse stock, along with their owners and the best trainers and jockeys in the business, coming from Ireland, UK and further afield. An unforgettable series of races kicks off on Thursday 12th April and wraps up on Saturday 14th April with the Grand National at 5.15pm and the Mason’s handicap hurdle at 6.20pm. For the ladies, of course we can’t forget about the prestigious Ladies Day on Friday 13th at Aintree!

Been to a bookies?

If it’s your first time at the races or you are even thinking about putting your hard earned money on the chance of a horse winning a race, there are a few things you should know beforehand. Obviously, only bet what you can afford to lose, in case you do lose! The next thing you should do is look for a horse that has had a good “form” recently. This means the positions the horse finished in their last races leading up to their race at Aintree. This will indicate if the horse is on form, fit and ready for the race. Next, you’ll need to find the odds online or in a bookmaker like William Hill, for the horse in that race. This will be in the form of 5/1 etc and indicates the likelihood of the horse to win, based on the bets going onto the horse, and bookmaker’s calculations. So it means if you want to bet £10 on a horse to win their race, and the horse is 10/1, then you would potentially win back ten times your money plus your original £10 stake! Yes, it sounds great. Most horses don’t win the race, but it’s fun to watch a race and exciting to win some money. Watching the race live is even better, down where the action is, screaming and cheering from the crowds. It is wild!

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Frantic Fashion Everywhere

While the racing is the main attraction, the Ladies Day certainly grabs the eye of the fashionistas, racing paparazzi and the coveted Style Award judges, who decide on the winner of the acclaimed Style Awards, with the winner taking home a car prize! The newspapers go wild to find the weird and wonderful fashion on the day, with unique hats, scarves, dresses and shoes caught in the lenses. A word of advice though, bring some warm clothes like a good jacket. England is cold at this time of year and there’s nothing worse than being freezing outdoors! You can carry a jacket around in a nice handbag to match your beautiful outfit.

Get your hats and your purses ready ladies, it’s a great week of entrainment and style and you might just be the lucky winner of the Style Award, who knows…