Saturday 29 November 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

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.

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.

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Amy Huberman at the Punchestown 2014 festival in Punchestown Racecourse Co. Kildare.
Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
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
Model Roz Purcell, one of the Judges in the LandRover Style Award at the Punchestown Racing Festival
Edel Fleming from Gorey. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Shauna Fleming from Gorey. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Sonja Rynhart from Gorey at the Punchestown 2014 festival. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Deirdre Dalton
Lindsey O Callaghan from Rathfarnam, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Bloggers Becky Johnston and Alex Quinn
Grainne Alexander
Ros Purcell and RTE weather presenter Nuala Carey
Marietta Doran
Edel Flemmin, Shauna Rynhart and Shauna Flemming from Gorey Co Wexford get some tips from Patrick O'Brien from Tallaght at Lady's Day at the Punchestown Festival. Pic Andres Poveda
Shauna Fleming from Gorey at the Punchestown 2014 festival at Punchestown Racecourse Co. Kildare. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Lindsey O Callaghan from Rathfarnam at the Punchestown 2014 festival at Punchestown Racecourse Co. Kildare. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
02/05/2014 Sarah MacNamee from Co Offaly at the Punchestown 2014 festival at Punchestown Racecourse Co. Kildare. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Claire Burke from Two Mile House, Co Kildare. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Aoife Smullen. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Rachel Corbett from Tipperary and Nicole Robinson. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Sarah Clarke from Brittany. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Ann Maire Phelan, Kilkenny, Aisling Reynolds, Co Clare and Eimear Cosgrove, from Mayo. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Grainne Dineen from Kerry and Ellen O'Donnell from Tipperary. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Sarah MacNamee from Co Offaly, Sarah Grehan from Edenderry and Paula Grehan from Edenderry. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Paula Grehan from Edenderry. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Sarah Grehan from Edenderry at the Punchestown 2014 festival at Punchestown Racecourse Co. Kildare. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

"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.

"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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