Pictured: Men behaving badly on Ladies Day at Aintree

Racegoers fight each other as they scuffle on the second day of the Grand National
Tempers flared on Ladies Day at the Grand National meeting on Friday - OLI SCARFF/AFP

Five male racegoers have been pictured taking part in a brawl at Aintree Racecourse on Ladies Day.

The smartly dressed men were seen exchanging punches outside the racecourse grandstands on Friday, the day before the Grand National.

Pictures captured the moment the scuffle broke out on The Mound standing area beyond the grandstands.

The scuffle broke out on The Mound standing area
The scuffle broke out on The Mound standing area - OLI SCARFF/AFP

A man in a cream blazer was seen grabbing the neck of another reveller in a navy suit. He was later pictured being restrained by a man in a waistcoat as another punter prepared to punch him.

In another shocking picture, a man in a light-blue suit was seen screwing up his face as he launched a punch at a reveller as others looked on.

Female racegoers look on bemused as fighting breaks out
Female racegoers look on bemused as fighting breaks out - OLI SCARFF/AFP

Merseyside Police have been approached for comment but initially said they were not aware of any arrests over the brawl.

It is understood this was a very small group of people who all knew each other and the one person who suffered an injury that needed treatment did not want to press charges

A spokesman for Aintree Racecourse said: “There was an isolated disturbance which was quickly dealt with by our security teams.”

Thousands descended on the racecourse near Liverpool for Ladies Day.

A huge security operation is in place after last year’s race was delayed when protesters from the Animal Rising group got on to the track.

Supt Matthew Moscrop, of Merseyside Police, said: “There are a number of plans in place to deal with any incidents that may arise and to prevent any significant or ongoing disruption to spectators and local residents and businesses.”

Animal Rising has said it does not plan to protest at this year’s event.

Changes have now been made to the race, including a reduced field of runners, an earlier start time, a reduction in fence height by 2in and the first fence has been brought forward, towards the start line, by 60 yards to reduce the speed at which the horses reach it.

Meanwhile, the Grand National meeting saw its first death in 2024, with a horse receiving fatal injuries after falling in the first race on Friday.

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