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Friday 29 August 2014

Traffic chaos and cool conditions fail to dampen spirits on Ladies Day at Punchestown

Melanie Finn in Punchestown

Published 02/05/2014 | 19:02

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Chilly temperatures, massive tail-backs and even a burst water-pipe on the N7 didn’t deter punters from flooding the track on day four of the Punchestown festival.

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Sky-high heels, gravity-defying headpieces and skimpy skirts were the order of the day as fine fillies turned on the style for Ladies Day in a bid to romp home with the big fashion prize.

The inclement weather didn't stop ladies from shunning their overcoats and showing off bare legs as they tottered around the track having a flutter.

And helping judge the Land Rover Style Award was top model Rozanna Purcell, looking fashionable wearing a navy suit from her own range.

When it came to picking the winner, she said they were looking for something different and wearing the usual race ensembles just wouldn’t cut it in the style stakes. 

The keen racing fan said: “It’s been great so far. I had a little potter around and we got to see all the ladies and they’ve made sure they’ve been seen too.

"We’re not going for the typical, best-dressed-lady at the races, we’re going for the most stylish lady so we have our ten finalists.

Amy Huberman at the Punchestown 2014 festival. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Winner of the Land Rover Style award Emer Flanagan from Naas. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Sarah Grehan from Edenderry at the Punchestown 2014 festival at Punchestown Racecourse Co. Kildare. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

"They all look great and I have my eye already on my winner. It’s quite sophisticated what we were looking for, something stylish and race appropriate.”

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