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Chester racegoers kick off the weekend early as they toast the last day with pints

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Revellers at Chester Races were determined to go out with a bang today, despite the inclement weather. 

It’s the final day of the annual Boodles May Festival, billed as the ‘pinnacle of Chester’s social calendar’, and attendees were determined to put their best foot forward. 

Luckily, plenty had brought their brollies to shelter from the showers, while others had to cover their heads with shawls. 

Many of the women who attended wore bright and colourful outfits – with hats or headpieces to finish off their outfits. 

But many looked concerned that the bad weather would would put a dampener on their day of boozing and betting.

The event culminates today with the highest profile race, the Chester Cup – which brings in huge crowds and the highest cash prize, a generous £150,000. 

This stylish monochrome pair opted for outfits that complimented each other – with one sporting a short white mini dress and red accessories and the other going for a backless black jumpsuit

Revellers took advantage of the odd break of sunshine, raising a glass of fizz as the three-day event in Chester draws to a close

A female racegoer dressed in royal blue raises her pint aloft as she clutches onto a male guest on the final day of the Boodles May Festival

Puddle trouble: Racegoers – including many girls in heels – braved a large patch of water following a deluge earlier this afternoon

Many of the women who attended wore bright and colourful outfits – with hats or head pieces to finish off their outfits

This fun pair refused to let the soggy conditions put a dampener on their day of boozing and betting, posing up a storm in the grounds

A bride-to-be gets into the spirit at Chester Racecourse today, with mini bottles of bubbly and a statement white blazer

Summer feels: These two glamorous racegoers didn’t let the rain and chilly conditions deter them from sporting high hemlines – while one bravely ditched her jacket (right)

Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson watches the racing at Chester racecourse today, hoping he’s betted on the right horse

Racegoers at Chester racecourse shelter from a sudden rain shower today on Chester Cup Day at Boodles May Festival 2019, the most valuable race in Chester’s calendar of fixtures

A trio of ladies refuse to let the weather rain on their parade, and tuck into a jug a Prosecco on the final day of the race meet

Rain? What rain? Five revellers rush to take shelter under one large umbrella – but don’t seem to mind the downpour with smiles – and beers – all round

This well-heeled trio all opted for daring minidresses for the final day of the festival, teamed with towering shoes and sleek hairstyles

These two glam gals struck a pose within the racetrack, posing beside a grass embellished Chester Races sign

Glam squad! Female Chester racegoers didn’t let the showery weather dampen their spirits, sporting their finest summer gear

Revellers were keen to kick off the weekend early, tucking into the booze as the races got underway this afternoon at Chester

Despite the rainy weather the women who attended bought the sunshine with their brightly coloured outfits and hats 

Most weren’t dressed for the bad weather which hit them as they arrived at the race course for Chester Cup Day at Boodles May Festival

Sha La La La Lee, ridden by Jane Elliott, leaves the stalls before going on to win the Liverpool Gin Earl Grosvenor Handicap during the SportPesa Chester Cup Day at Chester Racecourse

Towards the end of the day at Chester Racecourse, the heavens well and truly opened, with many taking shelter under brollys

Two women (left) dress elegantly in dresses and sandals with matching handbags as the arrive at the event today while another woman (right) shields from the bad weather with her oversized hat and an umbrella

Boho chic: A gang of trendsetters pose for photographers, with two (far right) opting for floor length frocks and one going for a bold jazzy colourful mini dress (centre)

Each stand at Chester Racecourse adheres to a specific dress code policy. If you’re in the Chester Members and Private Hospitality area, there is a ‘strictly smart’ style guide, with ladies encouraged to don longer length skirts and dresses, chic trousersuits and statement hats.

The Winning Post and County Long Room and Concourse enclosures suggest a ‘dress to impress’ mentality, recommending clutch bags, fascinators and mix-and-match colour schemes.

The Tattersalls enclosure urges guests to ‘make a statement’ with their outfits, listing jumpsuits and tailored shorts, maxi dresses and headbands and hair accessories as strong choices.

The most casual stands are the Dee and Open Course, where relaxed summer dresses, shorts and T-shirts and sunglasses are welcomed.

Some of this years race goers looked annoyed at the downpour while others giggled under umbrellas while they made their way into the event 

As the heavy shower raged over Chester Racecourse, many revellers were forced to run for cover – though thankfully these two had packed a brolly

Windy and rainy! Two women arrive for the last day of the races in Chester wearing colourful dresses despite the bad weather

Life in the fast lane! These three cheeky revellers posed in a bright pink Formula One car as they enjoyed the final day of festivities in Chester

Wearing their best outfits and carrying umbrellas these women looked delighted about being at Chester races, despite the bad weather 

This glamorous pair rocked matching tailored suits and shoes, with one opting for powder blue and the other for pale pink

Mellow yellow: The shade is clearly a popular spring colour as many revellers chose brightly coloured outfits, from off-the-shoulder mini dresses to a tuxedo frock

The event culminates today with the highest profile race, the Chester Cup – which brings in huge crowds and the highest cash prize – £150,000

Who needs a brolly when you’ve got a jacket? A glamorous pair take shelter under a blazer during an afternoon shower

A very muddy Andrea Atzeni after riding Whiskey Sour in the Sportpesa Chester Cup Handicap at Chester Racecourse today

Despite the wet and windy conditions, eager female punters dressed to the nines in skimpy multi-coloured dresses. Yesterday many opted for bright spring pastel shades, with several opting to dress head-to-toe in white.

Yesterday Made in Chelsea star Georgia Toffolo graced Chester with her debut performance as a roving reporter in her newly appointed role as Ambassador for Great British Racing.

Taking over Great British Racing’s Instagram channel, the TV personality went behind the scenes at Chester Racecourse to show fans everything that goes into putting on a fabulous day at the races.

The annual three-day race meeting attracts equestrian enthusiasts from all over the country.

Supported by the Huxley Stakes and The SportPesa Chester Plate, today’s event is expected to command the largest crowd of the three days and a palpable atmosphere.

Despite the wet and windy conditions, eager female punters dressed to the nines in skimpy multi coloured dresses 

Two women pose for pictures in multi coloured dresses and start on their drinks in an apparent break in the bad weather

Supported by the Huxley Stakes and The SportPesa Chester Plate, today’s event is expected to command the largest crowd of the three days and a palpable atmosphere

Water way to celebrate! Huge raindrops poured over Chester Racecourse today with revellers trying not to let it dampen their spirits

Here come the girls! It might not be Ladies Day, but these female Chester racegoers made sure they celebrated their pal’s hen do in style

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