Brolly good show! Stylish Chester racegoers brave the wet weather on Ladies Day

Chester racegoers refused to let the wet weather rain on their parade as they donned their finery for Ladies Day at Chester Racecourse.

The annual Boodles May Festival, billed as the ‘pinnacle of Chester’s social calendar’, kicked off yesterday and will run until Friday 10 May. 

Umbrellas proved to be the number one accessory of the day, as the heavens opened on the track – with further downpours expected this afternoon.

Despite the damp and chilly conditions, eager female punters dressed to the nines in a bid to be crowned Ladies Day’s Best Dressed guest.

Chester racegoers refused to let the wet weather rain on their parade as they donned their finery for Ladies Day at Chester Racecourse

Chester racegoers refused to let the wet weather rain on their parade as they donned their finery for Ladies Day at Chester Racecourse

Chester racegoers refused to let the wet weather rain on their parade as they donned their finery for Ladies Day at Chester Racecourse

A female racegoer braves an all-white ensemble for the rainy event, which features a daring plunging neckline and tie waist

A female racegoer braves an all-white ensemble for the rainy event, which features a daring plunging neckline and tie waist

A female racegoer braves an all-white ensemble for the rainy event, which features a daring plunging neckline and tie waist

Pretty in pink: A visitor rocks a stylish powder pink ensemble with a feathered short skirt and matching fascinator

Pretty in pink: A visitor rocks a stylish powder pink ensemble with a feathered short skirt and matching fascinator

Another racegoer opts for a summery outfit despite the chilly conditions - teamed with a polka dot umbrella

Another racegoer opts for a summery outfit despite the chilly conditions - teamed with a polka dot umbrella

A visitor rocks a stylish powder pink ensemble with a feathered short skirt and matching fascinator (left) while another racegoer opts for a summery outfit despite the chilly conditions – teamed with a polka dot umbrella (right)

Out on a limb: This glamorous pair opted for very daring hemlines teamed with warmer jackets to keep out the chill

Out on a limb: This glamorous pair opted for very daring hemlines teamed with warmer jackets to keep out the chill

Out on a limb: This glamorous pair opted for very daring hemlines teamed with warmer jackets to keep out the chill

Many opted for bright spring pastel shades, with several opting to dress head-to-toe in white.

Yesterday’s similarly wet weather will have left the plush green grounds damp and soft, but that didn’t deter most ladies from opting for high platform shoes and stilettos.

Today’s action-packed schedule features a number of competitive handicaps and top-class Group races.

The Ormonde and Dee Stakes will be the feature races of the day, with Morando and Circus Maximus tipped to be favourites in both races respectively.

Well heeled: These two revellers didn't seem to mind the fact they were wearing matching heels, with one putting on a busty display in a bright white mini dress

Well heeled: These two revellers didn't seem to mind the fact they were wearing matching heels, with one putting on a busty display in a bright white mini dress

Well heeled: These two revellers didn’t seem to mind the fact they were wearing matching heels, with one putting on a busty display in a bright white mini dress

These two friends opted for a classy pale pink jumpsuit and a sleek red frock with lace detailing

These two friends opted for a classy pale pink jumpsuit and a sleek red frock with lace detailing

This brave reveller opted to go jacket-free in a black assymetic dress with a low-cut front

This brave reveller opted to go jacket-free in a black assymetic dress with a low-cut front

Brollys at the ready! This brave reveller opted to go jacket-free in a black assymetic dress with a low-cut front (right) while two friends opted for a classy pale pink jumpsuit and a sleek red frock with lace detailing

This Chester reveller ensured she wrapped up warm in a stylish tweed jacket with a cosy fur collar, while her friend opted for a lighter pale pink jacket to match her floral strapless frock

This Chester reveller ensured she wrapped up warm in a stylish tweed jacket with a cosy fur collar, while her friend opted for a lighter pale pink jacket to match her floral strapless frock

This Chester reveller ensured she wrapped up warm in a stylish tweed jacket with a cosy fur collar, while her friend opted for a lighter pale pink jacket to match her floral strapless frock

Summer loving: This elegant trio refused to let the bad weather dampen their summer spirit, with two opting for white lace garments and another going for a light, frilly frock with a daring hemline and espadrille-style wedges

Summer loving: This elegant trio refused to let the bad weather dampen their summer spirit, with two opting for white lace garments and another going for a light, frilly frock with a daring hemline and espadrille-style wedges

Summer loving: This elegant trio refused to let the bad weather dampen their summer spirit, with two opting for white lace garments and another going for a light, frilly frock with a daring hemline and espadrille-style wedges

Beret nice: This Chester reveller is clearly a fan of yellow, donning a mustard suede jacket and a bright beret hat

Beret nice: This Chester reveller is clearly a fan of yellow, donning a mustard suede jacket and a bright beret hat

Beret nice: This Chester reveller is clearly a fan of yellow, donning a mustard suede jacket and a bright beret hat

Today's action-packed schedule features a number of competitive handicaps and top-class Group races

Today's action-packed schedule features a number of competitive handicaps and top-class Group races

Today’s action-packed schedule features a number of competitive handicaps and top-class Group races

Blazer-in squad: These two ladies looked sharp in tailored trousers and a skirt suit with an on-trend blazer to boot

Blazer-in squad: These two ladies looked sharp in tailored trousers and a skirt suit with an on-trend blazer to boot

Another glam pair arrived ready for a day of races and revelry

Another glam pair arrived ready for a day of races and revelry

These two ladies looked sharp in tailored trousers and a skirt suit with an on-trend blazer to boot (left) while another glam pair arrived ready for a day of races and revelry

Couple goals: This stylish pair proved they're more than a match for their Ascot counterparts at Chester today

Couple goals: This stylish pair proved they're more than a match for their Ascot counterparts at Chester today

Couple goals: This stylish pair proved they’re more than a match for their Ascot counterparts at Chester today

Brolly good show! Revellers come prepared for showers at the Boodles May Festival Ladies Day

Brolly good show! Revellers come prepared for showers at the Boodles May Festival Ladies Day

Brolly good show! Revellers come prepared for showers at the Boodles May Festival Ladies Day

Three's no crowd: This trio shared umbrellas to ensure their perfectly coiffed manes didn't succomb to the rain

Three's no crowd: This trio shared umbrellas to ensure their perfectly coiffed manes didn't succomb to the rain

Living the high life: These two clearly weren't put off by the soft grass, opting for towering stilettos to set off their outfits

Living the high life: These two clearly weren't put off by the soft grass, opting for towering stilettos to set off their outfits

A glam trio share umbrellas to ensure their perfectly coiffed manes don’t succomb to the rain (left) while these two clearly weren’t put off by the soft grass, opting for towering stilettos to set off their outfits (right)

Here come the girls! A team of Ladies Day revellers get ready for a fun-filled afternoon - with many sporting monochrome outfits

Here come the girls! A team of Ladies Day revellers get ready for a fun-filled afternoon - with many sporting monochrome outfits

Here come the girls! A team of Ladies Day revellers get ready for a fun-filled afternoon – with many sporting monochrome outfits

Bit of all white: These brave ladies both opted for a white colour palette and killer studded heels - having ditched the tights in favour of bare legs

Bit of all white: These brave ladies both opted for a white colour palette and killer studded heels - having ditched the tights in favour of bare legs

Bit of all white: These brave ladies both opted for a white colour palette and killer studded heels – having ditched the tights in favour of bare legs 

No rain on their parade: Four pals take shelter from the showers, having all opted for above-the-knee hemlines on Ladies Day

No rain on their parade: Four pals take shelter from the showers, having all opted for above-the-knee hemlines on Ladies Day

No rain on their parade: Four pals take shelter from the showers, having all opted for above-the-knee hemlines on Ladies Day

Raceday schedule

The annual Boodles May Festival kicked off yesterday and will run until Friday 10 May

The annual Boodles May Festival kicked off yesterday and will run until Friday 10 May

The annual Boodles May Festival kicked off yesterday and will run until Friday 10 May

1:50pm: The Gateley Plc Handicap Stakes (Class 2) (4yo+)

2:25pm: The HomeServe Dee Stakes (Class 1) (Listed) (3yo colts & geldings)

3pm: The Deepbridge Capital Handicap Stakes (Class 2) (3yo)

3:35pm: The Boodles Diamond Ormonde Stakes (Class 1) (Group 3) (4yo+)

4:05pm: The British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes (Class 2) (2yo)

4:35pm: The TMT Group Handicap Stakes (Class 3) (3yo)

5:05pm: The Partner Tech Handicap Stakes (Class 3) (4yo+) 

Blonde ambition: This fashionista opted for a bright yellow suit teams with a black leather bralet-style top, while her friend opted for a white long-sleeved mini dress

Blonde ambition: This fashionista opted for a bright yellow suit teams with a black leather bralet-style top, while her friend opted for a white long-sleeved mini dress

Blonde ambition: This fashionista opted for a bright yellow suit teams with a black leather bralet-style top, while her friend opted for a white long-sleeved mini dress

An elegant racegoer opted for a very summery frock

An elegant racegoer opted for a very summery frock

Her rose-embellished dress featured a strappy top and daring front split

Her rose-embellished dress featured a strappy top and daring front split

Floral fancy: An elegant racegoer opted for a very summery frock, with a strappy top, rose embellishment and a daring front split

The field take the bend in the Homeserve Dee Stakes during Boodles Ladies Day at Chester Racecourse

The field take the bend in the Homeserve Dee Stakes during Boodles Ladies Day at Chester Racecourse

Jockey Ryan Moore pictured after riding Circus Maximus to win The Homeserve Dee Stakes at Chester Racecourse

Jockey Ryan Moore pictured after riding Circus Maximus to win The Homeserve Dee Stakes at Chester Racecourse

The field take the bend in the Homeserve Dee Stakes during Boodles Ladies Day at Chester Racecourse, which was won by jockey Ryan Moore riding Circus Maximus (right)

Get the party started! Ladies Day visitors get the drinks in as the races get underway this afternoon at Chester Racecourse

Get the party started! Ladies Day visitors get the drinks in as the races get underway this afternoon at Chester Racecourse

Get the party started! Ladies Day visitors get the drinks in as the races get underway this afternoon at Chester Racecourse

A reveller stood out from the crowd as she sported a dramatically elaborate hat adorned with roses and bows to match her colourful hair

A reveller stood out from the crowd as she sported a dramatically elaborate hat adorned with roses and bows to match her colourful hair

A reveller stood out from the crowd as she sported a dramatically elaborate hat adorned with roses and bows to match her colourful hair

Cream of the crop: These two guests opted for a pale summery colour scheme - though one wisely chose to dress for the weather when it came to footwear

Cream of the crop: These two guests opted for a pale summery colour scheme - though one wisely chose to dress for the weather when it came to footwear

Cream of the crop: These two guests opted for a pale summery colour scheme – though one wisely chose to dress for the weather when it came to footwear

Fur-bulous: A pair of elegant racegoers kept themselves warm with matching blue fur shawls

Fur-bulous: A pair of elegant racegoers kept themselves warm with matching blue fur shawls

Another pair donned white blazers over their pale pink frocks

Another pair donned white blazers over their pale pink frocks

Fur-bulous: A pair of elegant racegoers kept themselves warm with matching blue fur shawls (left) while another pair donned white blazers over their pale pink frocks

All smiles: Chester racegoers refused to let the bad weather dampen their spirits as they kicked off the weekend early

All smiles: Chester racegoers refused to let the bad weather dampen their spirits as they kicked off the weekend early

All smiles: Chester racegoers refused to let the bad weather dampen their spirits as they kicked off the weekend early

Circus Maximus ridden by Ryan Moore (far right) on their way to victory in the Homeserve Dee Stakes during Boodles Ladies Day at Chester Racecourse

Circus Maximus ridden by Ryan Moore (far right) on their way to victory in the Homeserve Dee Stakes during Boodles Ladies Day at Chester Racecourse

Circus Maximus ridden by Ryan Moore (far right) on their way to victory in the Homeserve Dee Stakes during Boodles Ladies Day at Chester Racecourse