Wednesday 1 April 2015

Galway day five: Determined punters make the final trek to the track

Published 01/08/2014 | 14:43

(centre) Helen Murphy from Douglas Cork winner of the best dressed lady competition at the Galway racing festival, also included are from left, Paula Clancy from Galway winner of the best hat and winner of the wear Irish award Emer Nash from Limerick.
PIc:Mark Condren
(centre) Helen Murphy from Douglas Cork winner of the best dressed lady competition at the Galway racing festival, also included are from left, Paula Clancy from Galway winner of the best hat and winner of the wear Irish award Emer Nash from Limerick. PIc:Mark Condren
(centre) Helen Murphy from Douglas Cork winner of the best dressed lady competition at the Galway racing festival, also included are from left, Paula Clancy from Galway winner of the best hat and winner of the wear Irish award Emer Nash from Limerick. PIc:Mark Condren
Helen Murphy from Douglas Cork winner of the best dressed lady competition at the Galway racing festival. PIc:Mark Condren
Racegoers enjoying ladies day at the Galway races. Pic:Mark Condren
Daithi O'Sea with Barbara White horse racing Ireland and Paul Geraghty ife of jockey Barry Geraghty on Ladies day at the Galway races Pic:Mark Condren
Racegoers enjoying ladies day at the Galway races. Pic:Mark Condren
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Rebecca Doherty from Donegal and Karen Kennedy from Dublin enjoying at ladies day at the Galway races.
Michelle Goes amd Flavia Ferezin enjoying ladies day at the Galway racing festival. Pic:Mark Condren
Racegoers enjoying ladies day at the Galway races. Pic:Mark Condren
Racegoer Ilona Zalewska and Cornelia Katrani enjoying ladies day at the Galway races. Pic:Mark Condren
Racegoers enjoying ladies day at the Galway races. Pic:Mark Condren
(from left), Shannon Maguire, Wadaoin Wheelan, Jodie O'Keeffe, Aoife Rowland and Emma Noonan
Cadhla and Claire Cunningham and Sarah Maher from Meath
Racegoer Annmarie Blennerhassett from Dublin enjoying at ladies day at the Galway races. Pic:Mark Condren
Racegoer Ilona Zalewska enjoying ladies day at the Galway races. Pic:Mark Condren
(second from left) Wife of jockey AP McCoy Chanelle McCoy
Claire Lillis from Galway with her 3d printed hat on ladies day at the Galway races Pic:Mark Condren
A racegoer enjoying at ladies day at the Galway races. Pic:Mark Condren
A racegoer enjoying the ladies day at the Galway races. Pic:Mark Condren
A racegoer enjoying at ladies day at the Galway races. Pic:Mark Condren
Racegoers enjoying ladies day at the Galway races. Pic:Mark Condren

THE chaotic, champagne-filled craziness that is Ladies Day may be over, but there is still plenty of action at Ballybrit for day five of the Galway racing festival.

Today’s evening meeting will see up to 20,000 people pack the stands.

Cars with tired bodies, sore heads and beer-stained frocks on hangers slowly meandered out of the city this morning following a successful Ladies Day.

But with the August bank holiday weekend kicking off, many punters  - particularly locals - are making a return to the suburban race track this afternoon for another round of excitement.

The feature race on the Friday of the long-running equestrian extravaganza is the €100,000 Guinness Handicap.

Fashionistas will have another opportunity to bag themselves some prize money away from the tote, by entering Friday’s Fair Lady competition.

The winner will receive a package courtesy of the Athlone Town Centre Shopping Centre and Sheraton Athlone Hotel.

The contest is being judged by stylist Marietta Doran.

While the weather was pleasant yesterday, today’s event saw the rain creep in early on.

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