Tuesday 24 May 2016

Style steals the spotlight at Punchestown Races

Eimear Rabbitte

Published 01/05/2014 | 07:57

Fabiola Stein and Colette Reynolds at the second day of the Punchestown racing festival © Michael Chester
Fabiola Stein and Colette Reynolds at the second day of the Punchestown racing festival © Michael Chester
(L to r) Lisa Humphrey & Ciara Keegan both from Crumlin at the Punchestown 2014 festival at Punchestown Racecourse Co. Kildare. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
(L to r) Caroline Curtis knocklyon & Katie Rochford booterstown at the Punchestown 2014 festival at Punchestown Racecourse Co. Kildare. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Catherine Gallagher from Donegal at the Punchestown 2014 festival at Punchestown Racecourse Co. Kildare. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Sinead Mehigan from Cork at the Punchestown 2014 festival at Punchestown Racecourse Co. Kildare. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
(L to r) Aoife Kelly from Galway Dervla Kenny from Mayo at the Punchestown 2014 festival at Punchestown Racecourse Co. Kildare. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Colette Reynolds from Longford at the Punchestown 2014 festival at Punchestown Racecourse Co. Kildare. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
(L to R) Blathnaid Noonan all from Kildare Helen Finnan Dee Monahan Steph Fortune all from Kildare at the Punchestown 2014 festival at Punchestown Racecourse Co. Kildare. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Camilla Clarke from Leitrim at the Punchestown 2014 festival at Punchestown Racecourse Co. Kildare. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Jackie Lavin & Bill Cullen at the Punchestown 2014 festival at Punchestown Racecourse Co. Kildare. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Zoe Balding from Kildare at the 2014 Punchestown racing festival at the Curragh Racecourse, Co Kildare. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Gerald Kean & Lisa Murphy at the 2014 Punchestown racing festival at the Curragh Racecourse, Co Kildare. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Nikki O'Leary from Cork at the 2014 Punchestown racing festival at the Curragh Racecourse, Co Kildare. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Gemma Gleeson from Cork at the 2014 Punchestown racing festival at the Curragh Racecourse, Co Kildare. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
(L to r) Brothers Johnny (2) & Liam Smith (4) with their mother Katie Smith all from Co. Kilkenny at the 2014 Punchestown racing festival at the Curragh Racecourse, Co Kildare. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Gillian Quinn at the 2014 Punchestown racing festival at the Curragh Racecourse, Co Kildare. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
(L to r) Carlie Horan & Blondie Horan Both from Tralee at the 2014 Punchestown racing festival at the Curragh Racecourse, Co Kildare. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Tamso Doyle at the second day of the Punchestown racing festival © Michael Chester
Sinead Hussey (RTE) and Orla Brady at the second day of the Punchestown racing festival © Michael Chester
Sarah Mackey (Wexford) at the second day of the Punchestown racing festival © Michael Chester
Niamh Donlon at the second day of the Punchestown racing festival © Michael Chester
Fabiola Stein at the second day of the Punchestown racing festival © Michael Chester

FOOTBALL bosses, business tycoons and some head-turning WAGS -- it was business as usual on day two of the Punchestown racing festival.

Grey skies and a strong wind chill did not deter some fashionable ladies who sported quirky head pieces and bare legs, but the festival was hit with a poor turn-out as 15,748 arrived on a cloudy Wednesday, nearly 1,000 down on last year.

It was a good day for champion jockey Barry Geraghty who claimed victory in the day's Grade 1 race and his glamorous wife Paula Geraghty was in winning form, turning out in a black and white check outfit.

However, it was not all plain sailing for the glamorous mum of two.

"I actually spilled make-up all over my dress before I left so I had to pull something out of the wardrobe last minute," Paula told the Herald.

The Meath based couple are eagerly awaiting this Saturday where they will mark the end of the racing season with a no-holds-barred bash on Punchestown racecourse.

The annual event is the only opportunity for the country's jockeys to really let their hair down and Paula already has her outfit picked out for the occasion. Former Liverpool boss Roy Evans (below with ex-Everton boss Howard Kendall) was remaining optimistic about his old club's chances of winning this year's Premier League as he flew over from the UK especially for the Kildare racing festival.

Sinead Mehigan from Cork at the Punchestown 2014 festival at Punchestown Racecourse Co. Kildare. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

"I was asked over and I don't get here very often so I am glad I came," he said.

"But it's not just a boys day, I'm here with my wife and 12 pals," he added.

Businessman Charlie Chawke said he is a long time off retirement as he turned out to support his former Arkle trophy winning horse, Forpadydeplasterer - which is partly owned by the publican.

"He is retired but they brought him down to show him off here," explained Chawke.

Asked if he would be betting big on the horses, Chawke added: "There are no big bets any more, the government and the banks have taken all our money."

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Gemma Gleeson from Cork at the 2014 Punchestown racing festival at the Curragh Racecourse, Co Kildare. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Power couple Jackie Lavin and Bill Cullen (below) were putting their banking woes behind then when they turned up.

The sunshine which had graced Tuesday's festival opener was nowhere to be seen.

However, there was still plenty of banter and betting.

(Left to right) Alannah McGuirk, Tom McGurk and Aengus McGrianna enjoy Day One of the Punchestown Festival
(Left to right) Alannah McGuirk, Tom McGurk and Aengus McGrianna enjoy Day One of the Punchestown Festival
Tara McGurrin from Mayo and Karen Elliffe from at Punchestown today. Photo: Doug O'Connor
A view of punters studying the form ahead of the day's races at Punchestown
Nimmi Rawat from Dundrum, Dublin enjoying the action at Punchestown
Olympic bronze medallist Cian O'Connor enjoying Day One of the Punchestown Festival
(Left to Right) Shauna Sisk, Rebecca O'Donovan, Gemma Gleeson, Nikki O'Leary and Lola Desmond at Punchestown
Aengus McGrianna at Day One of the Punchestown Festival
Celeb couple Lisa Murphy and Gerald Keane arrive for Day One of the Punchestown Festival
(Left to Right) Wendy O'Muruchú from Waterford, Zoe Balding, Kildare and Jessica Gregan from Wexford at Punchestown today
Elaine Galvin from Rathcoffey, kildare enjoying Day One of the Punchestown Festival
Sarah O'Connor from Kilkenny and Olwynn Kelly from Dublin at Punchestown today. Photo: Doug O'Connor.
Jockey Nina Carberry celebrates with the Ladies Cup after she rode Be Positive to win the Kildare Hunt Club Fr Sean Breen Memorial Steeplechase
Paddy Courtney and wife Fiona Byrne at Punchestown today. Photo: Doug O'Connor
Gillian Quinn at the 2014 Punchestown racing festival Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Sarah Cadden from Castleknock at the 2014 Punchestown racing festival Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Dermot and Shirley McDermott from Prosperous, Co. Kildare, study the form in their racecards ahead of the day's races. Punchestown Racecourse, Punchestown, Co. Kildare. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
Jim Clarke, from Naas, Co. Kildare, studies the form in the racecard ahead of the day's races. Punchestown Racecourse, Punchestown, Co. Kildare. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
RTE's Sean O' Rourke at the 2014 Punchestown racing festival Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Niall Quinn & Gillian Quinn at the 2014 Punchestown racing festival Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Niall Quinn & Steve Bruce at the 2014 Punchestown racing festival Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
RTE's Eileen Whelan at the 2014 Punchestown racing festival Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Tom McGuirk & Alanna McGuirk at the 2014 Punchestown racing festival Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
(L to r) Shauna Sisk, Rebbeca O Donovan, Gemma Gleeson, Nikki O Leary and Lola Desmond from Cork at the 2014 Punchestown racing festival Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Shauna Sisk from Cork at the 2014 Punchestown racing festival Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Rebbeca O Donovan from Cork at the 2014 Punchestown racing festival Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Nikki O Leary from Cork at the 2014 Punchestown racing festival Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
(L to r) Brothers Johnny (2) & Liam Smith (4) with their mother Katie Smith all from Co. Kilkenny at the 2014 Punchestown racing festival Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Gemma Gleeson from Cork at the 2014 Punchestown racing festival Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Former Dublin GAA player Ciaran Whelan at the 2014 Punchestown racing festival Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Sinead Kearney from Skerries wearing a hat by Aoife Harrison at the 2014 Punchestown racing festival Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Cian O' Connor & Ruth O' Connor at the 2014 Punchestown racing festival Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
(L to r) Stephanie Tizzard & Heather Tizzard both from Celbridge at the 2014 Punchestown racing festival Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
(L to r) Wendy O'Murchu from Waterford, Zoe Balding from Kildare and Jessica Gregan from Wexford at the 2014 Punchestown racing festival Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Maureen Catterson from Kildare at the 2014 Punchestown racing festival Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Connor Reilly (4) & Katie Reilly (6) from Carberry, Kildare at the 2014 Punchestown racing festival Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

(The Herald)

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