THERE was a time when horse-racing was all about previous form, owners, trainers and whether the going was soft or firm.
Now there are other things to consider - like what to wear, whether your spike heels will sink in the mud, and whether to opt for a hat or a fascinator.
The races have become the ultimate day out. A chance to dress up, socialise, and maybe catch a glimpse of a horse or two as they thunder past.
Ladies days have become the ultimate fashion parade - with women eager to show off their carefully chosen outfits and their outlandish headgear.
It's a safe bet that fashionistas will be under starter's orders at Chester Racecourse next week.
ON COURSE: Lilly hat,£75,Chloe sleeveless top,£75,cherry belt,£69,marlene palazzo pant,£129, all from Hobbs.
HATS OFF: Hat,£15 from Marks & Spencer.
TOUCH OF CLASS: Iris dress, £160 from Coast.
STYLE: Travietta dress, £160, from Coast.
MELLOW YELLOW: Slimline dress, £45, from M&S.
RACING CERT: Betty Jackson jacket with tie decoration £60, sleeveless, two tone dress £55, Rocha John Rocha clutch bag £50 and Mood bracelet, £12 all from Debenhams.
BIG FRILL: Windsor riding jacket,£199, Harrow blouse,£99, Windsor frill skirt,£99 and Dandy court shoe, £149, all from Hobbs.
HIGH HOPES: Divina platform shoes, £90, from Moda in Pelle.