Friday 24 March 2017

No satisfaction at Punchestown for rocker Ronnie Wood

Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood is pictured as his horse Sandymount Duke takes part in the final race of Day 3 at the Punchestown Racing Festival
Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood is pictured as his horse Sandymount Duke takes part in the final race of Day 3 at the Punchestown Racing Festival
Finola Murphy, Una Plant and Geraldine Walsh at day three of the Punchestown Festival
Kay O’Connor, from Tipperary, winner of the Gold Fever Best Dressed at the third day of the Punchestown Festival. Photo: Michael Chester
Cody (5) and Reece Kenny (3) from Ofally are pictured enjoying the sun on Day three of the Punchestown Festival
Elaine Cass at the Third day of the Punchestown Festival
Ros Purcell (judge) Kay O'Connor from Tipperary, winner of Day 3 Gold Fever Best Dressed Andrea Roche and Caitriona Hanley (Judges) at the Third day of the Punchestown Festival
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

"I've known some wild horses in my time," Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood quipped in the Punchestown parade ring.

Wood was among the 17,435 race-goers to attend the third day of the festival.

The 67-year-old rock star was there to cheer on his horse Sandymount Duke but, unfortunately, got no satisfaction when it came fourth in the final race of the day in the INH Flat Race.

Wood jets out to LA next Tuesday to begin band rehearsals, but made a last-minute trip to Kildare to soak up the atmosphere.

"I think I've spoken to every single person on the course," Wood said. "I don't get to come to Ireland as often as I would like."

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney and designer Catriona Hanly were also soaking up the sunshine.

Jezki got the better of old rival Hurricane Fly to clinch the Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle. "He jumped brilliantly," trainer Jessica Harrington said. "It looked like three miles didn't seem to be any problem to him. Today was really great, he's an amazing horse for me to have."

Uncle Junior became the oldest horse to win the prestigious La Touche Cup, at the tender age of 14.

Willie Mullins had plenty to celebrate, taking home his tenth win of the festival when York Hill galloped to victory in the final race of the day.

Model Roz Purcell and model boss Andrea Roche judged the third day of Gold Fever's Best Dressed Lady Competition.

Former model and mum-of-three Kay O'Connor's sleek Zara trouser suit and Red Valentino accessories caught the attention of the judges.

"She was bang on trend," Purcell said. "It was very 70s and really classy. I don't like the traditional race day outfits, Kay looked totally at ease and completely herself."

O'Connor needed some Dutch courage before passing through the turnstiles.

"I don't usually do this sort of thing, but I had a glass of wine and that gave me a confidence boost," she said.

The Tipperary native will return to Punchestown where Georgia Salpa will select the overall best-dressed lady and present them with prizes worth €20,000, including a holiday.

The warm weather helped bolster the mood of punters. "The sun is shining, the racing is top notch - it's a great day," Owen Nolan from Kilcullen said. "You can't beat the atmosphere and excitement of Punchestown," said Niall O'Connor of Kill.

Irish Independent

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