The Romans came, saw and conquered Chester Racecourse on Saturday as thousands flocked to the popular Halewood International Roman Day.

Centurions entertained the racing crowds, while children made Roman style artifacts in the arts and crafts tipi on the open course.

As well as an afternoon of racing, racegoers had the chance to glimpse the 2004 Grand National winner Amberleigh House who took to the parade ring.

2004 Grand National Winner Amberleigh House made a guest appearance in the parade ring

CEO of Chester Race Company Richard Thomas, said: “Our racecourse is the oldest in Britain, with a rich history, and it’s great to celebrate that every year through this unique race day. Roman Day has become one of our most popular fixtures in the calendar, with over 20,000 attending year on year.”

Togas and tunics will be swapped for high glamour next as the team at the Roodee prepares for the next race meeting - Grosvenor Shopping Centre Ladies Evening on Friday, June 26.

Ladies are urged to dust off their hats and polish up their heels in readiness for the best dressed competition taking place in the paddock on the day, with fantastic prizes up for grabs. Gates open 4pm. To book your ticket call the box office on 01244 304610 or online at www.chester-races.com

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