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  1. Please join us again from 08:00 on Monday for the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across Merseyside
  2. Updates for Friday 10 April 2015

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By Jenny Coleman and Tom Mullen

All times stated are UK

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Galloping to the finish line

That's all from the Local Live service for today - thanks for your company and comments.

We hope you've enjoyed our coverage of Aintree Ladies Day especially. Here's a

selection of the fabulous outfits.

The service resumes at 08:00 on Monday with more news, sport, weather and travel.

Rain on the way

Charlie Slater

Weather Presenter, BBC North West

It's been another sunny day, but it looks like

cloud will thicken this evening before a band of showery rain moves across the region overnight.

BBC weather

We can expect a few heavy bursts, especially over the hills, and a breezy night. Temperatures shouldn't dip below 9C (48F).

Never mind the horses... smile!

It doesn't matter what's happening on the course, there's always time for a selfie when you're looking great.

Racegoers at Aintree
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Finding space for a message to McCoy

Despite the board with tributes to top jockey AP McCoy overflowing with good wishes, racegoers have still been trying to find a space to add their own.

AP McCoy tributes at Aintree

The champion jockey, who is due to retire at the end of this year's season, has said he'll quit tomorrow if he wins the Grand National.

McCoy's magical win

BBC Sport

Here's more on today's big race win, as

AP McCoy's Don Cossack romped to an emphatic victory in the Betfred Melling Chase this Ladies' Day.

AP McCoy rides Don Cossack
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Wearing the unfamiliar purple and white colours of Gigginstown House Stud, the 40-year-old took advantage of a poor run by the other joint-favourite, Champagne Fever.

"I got a good ride off him," said McCoy, who replaced the suspended Bryan Cooper in the saddle of Don Cossack. "I owe JP's (McManus) son Kieran a favour as we knew early in the week Uxizandre wouldn't be running."

Emotional occasion

Is the wedding off? Did he nick her last strawberry? Or maybe she didn't back AP McCoy in the Melling Chase...

It was all a bit too much for this emotional bride-to-be, who appears overwhelmed by the Aintree atmosphere.

Ladies Day at Aintree
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Aintree goes all Wimbledon...

Speaking of looking good...

For those in need of a break from the racing action at Aintree, mouth-watering strawberries and cream have been on offer and selling well in the sunshine...

Strawberries at Aintree
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Village welcomes 'spruce up' grant

BBC Radio Merseyside

Residents of a Cheshire village are welcoming a £21,000 grant to help spruce up the area.

The award from the recycling organisation Veiolia will be used by the Halton Village Millennium Green Trust to improve the community orchard on Spark Lane, lay new paths, and install benches and picnic tables.

Trust secretary Pauline Riley says it's very popular.

Arsonists blamed for Jackson Street fire

St Helens Star

Firefighters were called out to tackle a large blaze after arsonists torched a pile of rubbish just before 22:00 on Thursday 9 April on land near Jackson Street, St Helens.

The pile of rubbish was around five metres wide and a metre high and smoke was drifting towards buildings in the area.

Hospital protest

A protest

has been held at a Liverpool hospital threatened with relocation.

People gathered outside Liverpool Women's Hospital to voice their concerns after a report found the trust risks becoming "financially unviable".

Kathryn Thomson, the hospital's chief executive, previously said the hospital did not get enough NHS money to fund sufficient staffing and was considering several options, including relocation.

Life for man who murdered pal

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

A man who killed his friend over a row about a dog in a "despicable and cowardly" hit-and-run attack

has been jailed for life for his murder.

Michael Haigh
Merseyside Police

Michael Haigh, 26, deliberately used his 4x4 car to strike Ryan Kennedy in Gable View in the Norris Green area of Liverpool last November before fleeing.

Haigh, of Lower Hall Street, St Helens admitted manslaughter but denied murder. He was found guilty by a jury.


We'll round Merseyside Live off for the week with more Ladies Day coverage, but first let's bring you up to date with the biggest news stories from around the region today.

New image for Ladies Day?

Tom Mullen

BBC News

So this is what Ladies Day used to look like... or so the newspapers would have you believe.

Aintree Ladies Day

But this year organisers have

clamped down on media organisations taking unflattering photos during the one of the biggest days in the racing calendar.

Aintree racecourse boss John Baker has told the

Liverpool Echo the venue wanted to protect women from "unfair" coverage.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

More than 40,000 people have been enjoying the second day of the Grand National Festival at Aintree today.

And the day has seen a win in the Melling Chase for AP McCoy, who is appearing in his final Aintree Festival.

The champion jockey has said he'll retire on the spot tomorrow if he wins the Grand National.

Having a splashing time

Punters were in high spirits as the racing action continued earlier this afternoon. Water fight anyone?

Aintree Ladies Day
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Seating room only

These ladies took a moment to cool off in the shade as the carnival atmosphere continued. Who needs seats?

Aintree Ladies Day
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Fashion statement

Tom Mullen

BBC News

It may be Ladies Day but it's not only the women sporting their brightest and best at Aintree today - the men are getting into the spirit of things too.

Aintree punter
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We're not sure if this tie would be acceptable attire for a shift at Local Live HQ though...

Fun in the sun

The sun is shining and as Aintree basks in the warmest weather of the year so far, the punters have been sure to remember their shades for today's race date.

Woman watching the racing

And the winner is...

BBC Radio Merseyside

Polka-dotted punter Toni Salter has been announced as the winner of the 2015 Style Award competition.

Toni Salters

Liverpool singer Rebecca Ferguson was among the judges of the fashion contest.

Listen live to

BBC Radio Merseyside to hear Toni on the Drive show.

Fancy a sweepstake?

BBC Sport

Having a flutter at the races? All the action at Aintree simply wouldn't be the same without a sweepstake.

Horse race betting

As well as having a bet on your favourite horse, give yourself another chance by pooling together 40 work colleagues, or a combination of family and friends, and having a lucky dip.

Click here for a free sweepstake kit from BBC Sport.

Victory for McCoy

BBC Sport

AP McCoy's Don Cossack has romped to an emphatic victory in the Betfred Melling Chase.

AP McCoy riding Don Cossack
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The 3-1 joint favourite, trained by Gordon Elliott, had battled with Cue Card but pulled clear with two fences to go.

It gave the 19-time champion jockey his second victory in his final Grand National meeting.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

More than 40,000 people have been enjoying the second day of the Grand National Festival at Aintree today.

And the day has seen a win for jockey AP McCoy, who won the Melling Chase.

The champion jockey has said he'll retire tomorrow if he wins the Grand National.

Staying cool in the heat

A pair of racegoers take a moment away from the bustling crowds to cool off at Aintree's Ladies Day.

Ladies Day 2015
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Hopefully, the champagne has been on ice at Aintree, as it is one of Liverpool's biggest annual celebrations.

Champagne and handbag

More gents than ladies?

You be fooled into thinking that the majority of racegoers on Ladies Day are just that - ladies. Take a look into the stands though and you'll see that it's a day for the boys too.

Racegoers at Aintree

Grand National sweepstake kit

Scissors at the ready... 40 friends, family or colleagues found... hat borrowed... all you need now for your very own Grand National sweepstake is a list of the runners and riders.

Aintree Grand National Festival 2015
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You can download BBC Sport's printable list here.

To the victor go the spoils

As the afternoon rolls along, so to do the races and that means the joy of a winning bet for the lucky few. Altogether now - high five!

Racegoers at Aintree

Move over girls, here come the boys

Gok Wan has been co-presenting the TV coverage of Ladies Day and will join Rebecca Ferguson in crowing Aintree's Best Dressed racegoer later.

Gok Wan
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And it's seems it's not just the ladies who like to make a statement at Aintree.

Men in colourful suits

Careful not to stub your doe

What good's a lovely dress for Aintree without the right shoes?

Aintree shoes

Not sure how much this pair cost, but I suspect they might have been a little deer...

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

Thousands of people are at Aintree Racecourse for the second day of the Grand National Festival.

Theinval (R) ridden by Jeremiah McGrath wins the Alder Hay Children"s Charity Handicap Hurdle Race

Theinval won the first race of the day - the Alder Hey Children's Charity Handicap Hurdle, beating champion jockey AP McCoy - who's said he'll retire tomorrow if he wins the Grand National.

Good day sunshine

Let's take a moment to drink in just what a beautiful day it is at Aintree.

Aintree Racecourse
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With the sun shining, the horses in full stride and the crowds looking fantastic, it's a cracking afternoon down at the racecourse.

The best way to pick a winner?

BBC Sport

How do you pick your Grand National horse? Close your eyes and stab the page? Pick a name that 'speaks to you'? Like the pink and blue jockey colours?

Aintree racing
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Or you could use the BBC Sport's guide to Aintree runners and riders.

A sea of colour

BBC Radio Merseyside

tweets: A sea of colour in the Red Rum Garden at
#Aintree on Ladies Day

Ladies at Aintree Races

In pictures: Aintree Ladies Day

Emma Stanley

BBC News

We've put together a

gallery of some of the best dressed ladies at Aintree today.

Ladies Day 2015

It is a day where the fashion, rather than the racing, takes centre stage. What do you think of this year's outfits? Let us know on

Facebook or

AP loses out to Jeremiah

All eyes were on AP McCoy in the first race of the afternoon at Aintree, but he finished second on The Saint James.

Theinval ridden by Jeremiah Mcgrath (right) leads from The Saint James ridden by AP McCoy

It was Jeremiah McGrath who took the top spot in the Alder Hey Children's Charity Handicap Hurdle, riding home on Theinval.

You can keep up-to-date with all the action from Aintree on

BBC Sport's horse racing results page.

The Druids Nephew owner 'nervous'

BBC Sport

Robert Atwell, owner of The Druids Nephew, admits

there are a lot of nerves ahead of Saturday's Grand National at Aintree.

The Druids Nephew ridden by Barry Geraghty

The eight-year-old is among the favourites in the 39-strong field.

"It is the classic case of looking relaxed and paddling like mad underneath," Atwell told BBC Wiltshire.

"I read all the articles in the paper, the things on television, BBC radio come around and it really lets you know what you are letting yourself in for."

Pretty in pink

Pink has proved to be a popular shade for outfits at this year's Ladies Day at Aintree.

Ladies Day 2015
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Ladies have been spotted wearing shades from soft coral to striking cerise.

Ladies Day 2015

The bolder colour really reflects what Aintree is about - a fun day out.

Ladies Day 2015
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Even if you can't quite make your mind up...

Ladies with different colour shoes
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News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

More than 40,000 people are enjoying Ladies Day at Aintree this afternoon - with racing now underway.

The crowd has been building here since 10:00 this morning - but it's not until later today that the winner of the Style Award competition is announced.

Liverpool singer Rebecca Ferguson is one of the judges of the fashion contest.

Messages for McCoy

Yesterday, a board was put up at Aintree for racegoers to write messages to champion jockey AP McCoy on.

Messages for AP McCoy at Aintree

As you can see, there's hardly an inch of it left to be covered. You'd need a fine pen to add your message now.

The Going is good... to soft

Aintree Racecourse

tweets: GOING UPDATE Mildmay & Hurdle: Good to Soft (Good in places), National: Good to Soft (Good in places)

The Going
Aintree Racecourse

Smart enough to pick a winner

Of course, there's not just ladies at Ladies Day - but even the men are in their best bib and tucker, as you can see from this pair of servicemen, who look very well turned out while studying the form at Aintree.

Servicemen at Aintree
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