Ladies' Day at Cheltenham Festival raises fashion stakes

Racegoers arrive ahead of Ladies Day on the second day of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse Image copyright PA
Image caption Ladies' Day at Cheltenham has become as much about fashion as it has about horse racing

Fascinators, feathers and all-round fabulous finery? It can only be Ladies' Day at Cheltenham.

Each year, fashionistas flock to the horse-racing spectacular in a bid to outdo each other with their eye-catching outfits.

And this year's offering - blessed as it was with balmy highs of 14C - certainly didn't disappoint.

The event has become such a highlight that awards are now handed out to the best-dressed attendees.

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Image caption Hat's amazing: Elaborate headwear is something of a must-have on Ladies' Day...
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Image caption this plucky punter demonstrated
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Image caption Rock-a-filly? This group opted for a vintage look with their 1950s-inspired outfits
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Image caption Some racegoers opted for more traditional - but equally impressive - outfits
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Image caption Photo finish: It was all smiles at Cheltenham as the sun-soaked racecourse enjoyed a lucky spell of warm weather
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Image caption This group of friends clearly went all-out to impress
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Image caption Zara Phillips (far left) was among members of the Royal Family who attended
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Image caption Not just for ladies: These snappily dressed gents made a valiant attempt to stand out from the crowd

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