And they're off... Birthday girl Coleen's dress shows off her bump as she leads the fashion pack at Aintree's Ladies' Day
By Tamara Abraham
Last updated at 11:26 PM on 03rd April 2009
The WAG, who is three months pregnant with her first child, chose a technicolour bandeau maxidress by Roberto Cavalli, embellished with giant beads for the Grand National Festival's Ladies' Day.
As the wind swept the billowing fabric it appeared to show the hint of a baby bump, fuelling speculation that the rumours are true - although Coleen has not confirmed the news herself.
Coleen Rooney chose a technicolour maxi dress that billowed in the wind, showing a hint of a bump, at Aintree's Ladies' Day today
The print was almost as garish as those sported by fellow punters at Aintree - some of whom she is set to be judging in a fashion competition later.
Stacks of gold bangles and oversized earrings completed her ensemble, which she teamed with gold platforms and a giant clutch worth £822, both by Christian Louboutin.
The Robert Cavalli dress was teamed with a gold Christian Louboutin clutch and platforms
The look was a far cry from the stylish Balenciaga dress she plumped for last year.
The new Mrs Rooney, who celebrates her 23rd birthday today, will be judging the event's annual 'best dressed' competition - but given the state of potential entrants, she'll be hard pushed to pick a winner.
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Grandstand view: Coleen and friends cheer on the horses as they watch from their private box
Yesterday's turnout at Aintree was pretty lacking in style by any standards. But this morning's racegoers took the fake tan and florals to tacky new heights.
Eye-catching attempts to be noticed featured vast hats festooned with feathers, and fluorescent fuchsia and lime green frocks.
Fashion pack: Coleen is pictured with judges of the best dressed competition Nicky Hambleton-Jones (far left) and Sheree Murphy (second right)
The fake tan was still very much in evidence, thanks in no small part to the acres of cleavage, legs and shoulders on display.
The prints had gone from bad to worse, with yesterday's curtain-like florals giving way to gaudy multicoloured swirls.
Some visitors had taken attempts at colour co-ordination to extremes - one woman had dyed her hair bright red to match the print of her dress.
Here come the girls: Racegoers at Ladies' Day made extra special effort in honour of the annual 'Best Dressed' competition, to be judged this year by Coleen Rooney
Others appeared to have paid little heed to the rules of style, instead trying to wear as many colours at once. A racegoer in an orange dip-dye gown had accessorised with red hair slide, purple shawl, yellow bag, pink sash and silver shoes.
An estimated 50,000 people are expected to flock to the famous Liverpool racecourse for the second day of the 162nd John Smith's Grand National.
Spotters will be on the look out for the most fashionable man or woman, some of whom will have pre-registered and entered online, as part of the Style 2009 competition.
The height of fashion: High heel platform shoes were a must for the hordes of women who flocked to the event
Feathered friends: Fancy headdresses were the icing on the cake for some of the outlandish outfits on display
A collection of the entrants will also show off their clothing on a catwalk in front of judges today.
The winner of the competition will receive prizes worth £35,000 including a Citroen C-Crosser 2.2HDi Exclusive car, a 10-day holiday for two to the Caribbean and a day with a personal shopping team from the WAGs' favourite fashion boutique Cricket, picking up £1,000 of items.
Ankle breakers: Comfort wasn't a consideration when these ladies picked their footwear
The winner will also star in Matalan's autumn fashion campaign taking part in a photoshoot in a London studio and being treated to dinner at The Ivy and a stay in a top hotel in the city.
Competition judges include ex-Emmerdale actress Sheree Murphy and clothes designer Jeff Banks.
A shortlist of five racegoers will be invited back to Aintree as VIPs on John Smith's Grand National day tomorrow.
Breast in show: Some racegoers' plunging necklines left little to the imagination this morning at Aintree
Double trouble: A host of hats topped off the outrageous outfits
Coleen Rooney, will present an award to the most fashionable racegoer tomorrow.
It is expected to be dry today with sunny spells and temperatures climbing to around 16C according to forecasters at MeteoGroup.
But before racing begins today some of the jockeys will visit patients being cared for in the cancer unit at Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool.
Colour clash: One racegoer attempted to match the print of her dress with the colour of her hair. Another paid little heed to co-ordination, instead wearing as many different colours as possible
The good, the bad and the ugly? The female punters dress to impress
Champion Jockey A P McCoy and Mick Fitzgerald will also join patients in a Wii Fit Challenge, with the equipment donated by Nintendo for the event. The pair are patrons of the hospital's charity the Imagine Appeal.
A couple of more muted ladies opted for a simple white mac but the same can't be said of this blue outfit
Mr Fitzgerald said: 'Going to Alder Hey is something all of the boys in the weighing room love doing. It really pulls at your heart strings when you walk around the wards and you couldn't even begin to think what it would be like if you were in a similar position.'
Fine form: A group of young ladies flash a little leg for the cameras