(Images) Cheltenham Festival 2017: Hot Ladies Day, your best bet for a bit of talent spotting
For jump racing fans there is nothing quite like the Cheltenham Festival.
Yes, the Grand National is the biggest one-off race of the year, but Cheltenham is where all the best hurdlers and chasers meet for four glorious days of racing.
It’s not just the quality racing that attracts over 250,000 people through the door each and every year. Cheltenham is also a massive social event.
Each year, thousands of horse racing fans don their finest dresses, coats and hats as they enjoy a day out at the racing and the chance to be crowned the festival’s best dressed.
So, here’s our look at some of the most glamourous attendees from Ladies’ Days gone by.
You may not think it looking outside at the grey and the rain, but for many people the Cheltenham Festival heralds the start of spring.
That was clearly on the mind of the lady above who added a bit of sunshine and brightness to the drabness of a carpark in Gloucestershire, in March.
Sometimes as good motto for attending the Ladies’ Day at Cheltenham is ‘simply does it’. That’s certainly the case for these two friends who brightened up the course together with just a dress and a jacket.
Although we’re not sure the sunglasses are particularly necessary given the way the lads behind are wrapped up!
The daffodils in the background make you think that it was a particularly mild day on Ladies’ Day last year. The way these three are huddle up together suggests otherwise.
Quick tip if you’re going this year ladies, make sure to get those hats fastened down nice and firmly as the wind can whip up in that part of the world. And maybe pack a brollie.
These two lovely ladies have gone full on for colour and full on for the hat theme. Sure, they look great, but this sort of get up is unlikely to make you very popular with the punters stood directly behind trying to work out if their horse placed or whether they’ve got to revisit the cast point.
These ladies have clearly got a well-planned out Ladies’ Day checklist.
Coat, hat and scarf? Check.
Comfortable clothes? Check
Fashionable mini-Moet to look the part? Check.
All they need is a couple of winners to top their day off and pay that bar bill!
The best part about this group’s get up? If you went with them you wouldn’t lose them in the crowds with all that colour going on.
The Cheltenham Festival website advises that there is no dress code for the race course as it is technically a winter event and people need the chance to protect themselves from the elements if necessary.
They also say that fancy dress is allowed so long as it’s not offensive.
Clearly, the security on the door on this Ladies’ Day felt that two women dressed up as John McCririck just about passed the decency test.
Cheltenham does have a very lenient dress code but they’re pretty strict when it comes to their ‘undress code’.
The two women above were in the box of a sports management company during last year’s festival. While the footballers they were with stole the headlines for relieving themselves into a glass and throwing it over the edge of a balcony, the two reality TV stars pictured were also banned from future meetings for giving onlookers an eyeful.
Talking of which, while you are here…