THE sun was shining, the celebrities were out in force, and the champagne was flowing.
But as always the avant-garde dresses and hats stole the show at Ladies’ Day.
The third day of Glorious Goodwood saw record crowds, with a total of 22,901 racegoers – over 2,000 more people than three years ago.
A host of famous faces came to enjoy the day’s action, including Zara Phillips, ballet dancer Darcey Bussell, and former tennis player Tim Henman.
Temperatures peaked at around 28C.
Caroline Riley, 39, who is pictured on the front page, certainly turned heads with her eye-catching pink dress and elegant headpiece.
She now lives in Durham, but returned to home to Chichester with considerable style and panache.
Meanwhile, Kim Shackleton, 30, who is a hairdresser and lives near Chichester, took the day off work and went with a group of 20 family and friends to enjoy the racing.
She wore a cream lace dress, black stilettos, and a headpiece designed by Katrina Horstead.
Kim, who normally attends Ladies’ Day at York, but moved to the area recently, said: ‘It’s been amazing.
‘The weather was gorgeous and we won quite a few races.
‘The ambiance was really brilliant.
‘It was great seeing how well-dressed everybody was.’
Laura McInnes, 34, a marketing director from Bishop’s Waltham, wore a pink strapless dress and a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes.
‘It was a fantastic day,’ she said. ‘There was no better place to be than Goodwood in the sun.’
Former England striker Michael Owen was the talk of the day.
Retirement from football has allowed Owen more time to concentrate on racing interests and his beloved Brown Panther offered up his greatest success as an owner to date in the Artemis Goodwood Cup.
Jockey Siobhan Miller was taken to St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester, for precautionary X-rays on her left shoulder after falling off Mean It after the line in the finale.
Adam Waterworth, Goodwood Racecourse’s managing director, said: ‘The weather could not have been better and Brown Panther’s decisive victory in the Artemis Goodwood Cup was the highlight, while the charity race, the Magnolia Cup, raised lots of money.’