Grand National boasts 'gorgeous' Liverpool ladies, tweets Coleen Rooney


Coleen Rooney has defended her fellow Liverpudlian ladies as "gorgeous" and "dressed to perfection" as the Grand National festival hosted Ladies Day.

In a series of tweets, the mother-of-three who attended the first day of the Merseyside races on Thursday to celebrate her 30th birthday, said attendees at Liverpool's social event of the year made a "massive effort" and did not deserve to get "slated".

As Ladies Day at Aintree got under way, the wife of footballer Wayne used Twitter to criticise the media coverage

She said: "Fantastic day at Aintree yesterday, lots of people made a massive effort and looked beautiful!! I am desperate to see these sad reporters.

"There showing us all what gorgeous looking people they are, dressed to perfection. Good job people can laugh .. Best way to be!!"

Rooney added: "Not talking about me....I am in the public eye so expect criticism. It's the innocent people that turn up for a great day and get slated."

Those attending the famous Liverpool horse-racing event had been encouraged to dress more elegant Ascot than the midriff baring, stiletto-clad look which had become synonymous with the festival.

Dubbed #FabulousFriday,a £43,000 prize package for the most glamorous racegoer - including a £35,000 Range Rover, and £8,000 to spend at Liverpool ONE was up for grabs in a bid to inspire an "inspirational" dress code amongst attendees.

One of the UK's top fashion stylists, Alex Longmore, who has appeared on Britain's Next Top Model and dresses A-List celebrities, has been on hand to bring her fashion expertise to the day before the winner is announced.

London trio Christina Clements, 24, Devon Bishop, 23 and Kayleigh O'Donovan, 27 who looked chic in fancy fascinators welcomed Aintree's decision to up their fashion stakes with one commenting that "everyone has their own style".

Miss O'Donovan, who spent £250 on her outfit, said: "We love the races at Liverpool. It's our annual outing. Everyone has their own individual style, some are a bit out there and can be a bit outrageous.

"People wear things which maybe wouldn't be our choice. I think people have upped their game with the best dressed award. I'm glad they introduced a dress code as it makes it more of a classy event."

Meanwhile Faith Amond, 63, from Ireland, chose to bring some Italian glamour to the racecourse, dressed impeccably in an Armani black suit.

Hidden behind huge dark sunglasses and Chanel pearls, she offset her black and white outfit with a gold feathered fascinator and matching gold bag.

Watching as women paraded past, she said "style is different" for everyone.

She added: "My style is always classic. Girls are not over-worried about it."

One woman, who travelled from Altrincham in Manchester with her husband, supported Coleen's comments.

Lady in red Samantha Debotte, 45, who wore a £230 one metre circumference hat from China, said: "There's very elegant, beautiful women here and they are absolutely gorgeous. It's just a gorgeous day for women to dress up."