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Hats at the ready! Newmarket racegoers put on a glamorous display in some very extravagant headgear as they arrive for Ladies Day at the annual festival

  • Racegoers have descended on Newmarket Racecourse in Suffolk as Ladies Day kicks off at the annual festival 
  • The best dressed woman at today's races will win a prize so attendees were dressed to impress this afternoon 
  • Headgear ranged from demure fascinators to wide-brims as they battled it out to be crowned best dressed

By Martha Cliff for MailOnline

Published: 07:27 EDT, 12 July 2018 | Updated: 12:17 EDT, 12 July 2018

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The style stakes are up as hundreds of women descend on Newmarket Racecourse for Ladies Day on Thursday.

Women arrived in their droves in dresses of all shapes, sizes and colours, but naturally each and every attendee wore a hat.

Headgear ranged from demure fascinators to wide-brim statements as the women battled it out to be crowned best dressed. 

Sponsored by a prestigious champagne Moet and Chandon the are certainly classy affair with several attendees indulging in a glass or two of fizz. 

Hats at the ready! Racegoers put on a glamorous display as they headed to Newmarket Racecourse for Ladies Day on Thursday 
Hats at the ready! Racegoers put on a glamorous display as they headed to Newmarket Racecourse for Ladies Day on Thursday 

Hats at the ready! Racegoers put on a glamorous display as they headed to Newmarket Racecourse for Ladies Day on Thursday 

Tall order: Thus duo opted for a pair of sky high hats as they posed for photos before entering the racecourse 
Tall order: Thus duo opted for a pair of sky high hats as they posed for photos before entering the racecourse 

Tall order: Thus duo opted for a pair of sky high hats as they posed for photos before entering the racecourse 

Must have backed a winner! Racing fans couldn't hid their excitement as they cheered on the riders on a sunny afternoon at Newmarket Races 
Must have backed a winner! Racing fans couldn't hid their excitement as they cheered on the riders on a sunny afternoon at Newmarket Races 

Must have backed a winner! Racing fans couldn't hid their excitement as they cheered on the riders on a sunny afternoon at Newmarket Races 

First, let's take a selfie! A colourfully dressed pair made sure to take a snap to remember their day by
First, let's take a selfie! A colourfully dressed pair made sure to take a snap to remember their day by
A woman in  a very elaborate floral headpiece laughed with friends as they soaked up the atmosphere
A woman in  a very elaborate floral headpiece laughed with friends as they soaked up the atmosphere

First, let's take a selfie! A colourfully dressed pair made sure to take a snap to remember their day by. A woman in  a very elaborate floral headpiece laughed with friends as they soaked up the atmosphere 

Here come the girls! A group of friends stepped out in all their finery for an afternoon of sporting action  
Here come the girls! A group of friends stepped out in all their finery for an afternoon of sporting action  

Here come the girls! A group of friends stepped out in all their finery for an afternoon of sporting action  

Ladies Day at Newmarket is regarded as one of the hottest tickets of the summer season and visitors come from far and wide, donning their finest outfits, to enjoy the thrilling racing, epic entertainment compete in the hotly contested Best Dressed Lady Competition.

The Style Awards Best Dressed Lady offers ladies a chance to win a wonderful array of prizes just by donning their most stylish outfit.

Racegoers were blessed with good weather as they arrived in Suffolk for the first day of the annual festival, with sun shining on the racecourse.

Style queens! The best dressed woman at today's races will win a prize so attendees were dressed to impress this afternoon 
Style queens! The best dressed woman at today's races will win a prize so attendees were dressed to impress this afternoon 

Style queens! The best dressed woman at today's races will win a prize so attendees were dressed to impress this afternoon 

Arriving in style! A horse-drawn carriage transports racegoers from the Town Centre to the racecourse on Ladies Day
Arriving in style! A horse-drawn carriage transports racegoers from the Town Centre to the racecourse on Ladies Day

Arriving in style! A horse-drawn carriage transports racegoers from the Town Centre to the racecourse on Ladies Day

In the navy! Dresses came in all shapes, colours (mainly blue here) and sizes but naturally not outfit went without an extravagant piece of headgear 
In the navy! Dresses came in all shapes, colours (mainly blue here) and sizes but naturally not outfit went without an extravagant piece of headgear 

In the navy! Dresses came in all shapes, colours (mainly blue here) and sizes but naturally not outfit went without an extravagant piece of headgear 

Lady in red! Among the high profile appearances today is jockey and former track cyclist Victoria Pendleton
Lady in red! Among the high profile appearances today is jockey and former track cyclist Victoria Pendleton
Meanwhile, two elegant friends posed up a storm for the cameras
Meanwhile, two elegant friends posed up a storm for the cameras

Lady in red! Among the high profile appearances today is jockey and former track cyclist Victoria Pendleton. Meanwhile, two elegant friends posed up a storm for the cameras

Top effort: Hats ranged from demure fascinators to enormous wide brimmed creations as showcased by these two ladies 
Top effort: Hats ranged from demure fascinators to enormous wide brimmed creations as showcased by these two ladies 

Top effort: Hats ranged from demure fascinators to enormous wide brimmed creations as showcased by these two ladies 

Lady like: This trio of women were among the most elegant of the arrivals in Suffolk, including one (right) who had got her hands on the sellout Topshop dress
Lady like: This trio of women were among the most elegant of the arrivals in Suffolk, including one (right) who had got her hands on the sellout Topshop dress

Lady like: This trio of women were among the most elegant of the arrivals in Suffolk, including one (right) who had got her hands on the sellout Topshop dress

Cheers to that! A brightly dressed couple upped the sartorial stakes and enjoyed a glass of champagne on arrival
Cheers to that! A brightly dressed couple upped the sartorial stakes and enjoyed a glass of champagne on arrival

Cheers to that! A brightly dressed couple upped the sartorial stakes and enjoyed a glass of champagne on arrival

Red white and blue! Between them this pair had inadvertently dressed in the colours of the Union Jack
Red white and blue! Between them this pair had inadvertently dressed in the colours of the Union Jack

Red white and blue! Between them this pair had inadvertently dressed in the colours of the Union Jack

Making a statement! This trio opted for an array of bright floral prints and oversize fascinators for the event 
Making a statement! This trio opted for an array of bright floral prints and oversize fascinators for the event 

Making a statement! This trio opted for an array of bright floral prints and oversize fascinators for the event 

A work of art! This group of racegoers added a splash of colour to the occasion arriving in an array of eye-catching outfits 
A work of art! This group of racegoers added a splash of colour to the occasion arriving in an array of eye-catching outfits 

A work of art! This group of racegoers added a splash of colour to the occasion arriving in an array of eye-catching outfits 

Glamour gals! This stunning foursome showcased an array of eye-popping colours and chic embellished dresses 
Glamour gals! This stunning foursome showcased an array of eye-popping colours and chic embellished dresses 

Glamour gals! This stunning foursome showcased an array of eye-popping colours and chic embellished dresses 

High spirits! The atmosphere among the arrivals was certainly buzzing as ladies made their way into the enclosure 
High spirits! The atmosphere among the arrivals was certainly buzzing as ladies made their way into the enclosure 

High spirits! The atmosphere among the arrivals was certainly buzzing as ladies made their way into the enclosure 

Set up camp! Visitors certainly seemed to be in it for the long-haul setting up picnic tables complete with a buffet lunch 
Set up camp! Visitors certainly seemed to be in it for the long-haul setting up picnic tables complete with a buffet lunch 

Set up camp! Visitors certainly seemed to be in it for the long-haul setting up picnic tables complete with a buffet lunch 

Knees up! A group of sharply dressed musicians encouraged dancing among racegoers as they performed  
Knees up! A group of sharply dressed musicians encouraged dancing among racegoers as they performed  

Knees up! A group of sharply dressed musicians encouraged dancing among racegoers as they performed  

Gearing up: Spectators assembled as the horses were paraded along the track ahead of the races 
Gearing up: Spectators assembled as the horses were paraded along the track ahead of the races 

Gearing up: Spectators assembled as the horses were paraded along the track ahead of the races 

Champagne to go please: A brightly dressed lady could be seen carrying her bottle of fizz in a portable wine cooler 
Champagne to go please: A brightly dressed lady could be seen carrying her bottle of fizz in a portable wine cooler 

Champagne to go please: A brightly dressed lady could be seen carrying her bottle of fizz in a portable wine cooler 

Today is the first of the annual festival and racegoers were eager to get their early and place their bets with the entry lines filling up fast this morning. 

The racing kicks off with Britain’s oldest horse race, The Newmarket Town Plate. This historic, amateur horse race, which has been run at Newmarket's Round Course since 1666 was instigated by King Charles II, who also won the first running, and stated that it should be run 'forever'.

The other racing highlight will be the Group 2 Princess of Wales’s Stakes, which has been won for the last two years by the prolific Big Orange.

Elsewhere across the course, there's plenty of live music and other entertainment throughout the day.  Blue's Simon Webbe will be DJ’ing at Après Racing on Ladies Day as the last race comes to an end. 

Newmarket takes centre stage for the next three days with its popular festival climaxing with the Darley July Cup on Saturday. 

Easy breezy: A gust of wind blew in giving this group a windswept and interesting photo finish 
Easy breezy: A gust of wind blew in giving this group a windswept and interesting photo finish 

Easy breezy: A gust of wind blew in giving this group a windswept and interesting photo finish 

Prints charming! This trio of ladies opted for an array of prints in a series of chic pink dresses 
Prints charming! This trio of ladies opted for an array of prints in a series of chic pink dresses 

Prints charming! This trio of ladies opted for an array of prints in a series of chic pink dresses 

Tats fantastic! One woman chose to showcase her many inkings in a strapless fitted dress for today's races 
Tats fantastic! One woman chose to showcase her many inkings in a strapless fitted dress for today's races 

Tats fantastic! One woman chose to showcase her many inkings in a strapless fitted dress for today's races 

Strawberries and cream: These pals went for coordinating cream and red ensembles complete with matching hats 
Strawberries and cream: These pals went for coordinating cream and red ensembles complete with matching hats 

Strawberries and cream: These pals went for coordinating cream and red ensembles complete with matching hats 

Tally ho! What better way to arrive at the races than on board a vintage horse drawn buggy as these spectators chose to do
Tally ho! What better way to arrive at the races than on board a vintage horse drawn buggy as these spectators chose to do

Tally ho! What better way to arrive at the races than on board a vintage horse drawn buggy as these spectators chose to do

Excitement in the air: Today is the first of the annual festival and racegoers were eager to get their early and place their bets 
Excitement in the air: Today is the first of the annual festival and racegoers were eager to get their early and place their bets 

Excitement in the air: Today is the first of the annual festival and racegoers were eager to get their early and place their bets 

Join the queue! The lines were starting to fill up as guests headed into the racecourse in sunny Suffolk on Thursday
Join the queue! The lines were starting to fill up as guests headed into the racecourse in sunny Suffolk on Thursday

Join the queue! The lines were starting to fill up as guests headed into the racecourse in sunny Suffolk on Thursday

Place your bets! Women were eager to place their wagers in hope of winning big at the races 
Place your bets! Women were eager to place their wagers in hope of winning big at the races 

Place your bets! Women were eager to place their wagers in hope of winning big at the races 

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