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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Ladies Day at Galway Races kicks off with early style wars

Published 31/07/2014 | 11:16

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(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.
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(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
Racegoers enjoying ladies day at the Galway races.
Pic:Mark Condren
Racegoers enjoying ladies day at the Galway races. Pic:Mark Condren

The gates have opened and the fashionable fillies are starting to teeter through the turnstiles at Ballybrit racecourse.

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Day four, the famous Ladies Day, of the Galway Races is kicking off and it’s set to be a battle of the beautiful as hat-wearing, high-heeled and perfectly manicured punters compete for the coveted Anthony Ryan Best Dressed contest.

Andrea Guerrero from County Clare and Mary Lee from County Galway enjoying the first day of the Galway racing festival.
Pic:Mark Condren
Andrea Guerrero from County Clare and Mary Lee from County Galway enjoying the first day of the Galway racing festival. Pic:Mark Condren
(from left), Sophie Small, Michelle Bell, Tina Monroe, Denise Pia, Danielle Small and Laura Fox at the Galway races
Pic:Mark Condren
(from left), Sophie Small, Michelle Bell, Tina Monroe, Denise Pia, Danielle Small and Laura Fox at the Galway races Pic:Mark Condren
Cliona Molloy from Offaly and Kim Duffy from Kildare enjoying the first day of the Galway racing festival.
Pic:Mark Condren
Cliona Molloy from Offaly and Kim Duffy from Kildare enjoying the first day of the Galway racing festival. Pic:Mark Condren

Stylist and presenter Lisa Fitzpatrick, as well as our own fashion editor Bairbre Power are on hand to judge the great and good in the wardrobe stakes throughout the afternoon.

Early in the gates was Cork native Gillian Gilbourne, who wore a hand-laced crochet dress made by her mother-in-law, teamed with a hat designed by her husband’s aunt.

Just back from a holiday in California, Brid Hurley is entering the competition for the first time - wearing a dress from the US which she teamed with customised gloves and bag.

In addition to the Best Dressed competition, today’s meeting boasts a jam packed race card.

The Guinness Galway Hurdle is the most valuable race of the Festival, with a prize fund of €250,000 - matched only by the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday.

Andrea Guerrero from County Clare and Mary Lee from County Galway enjoying the first day of the Galway racing festival.
Pic:Mark Condren
Andrea Guerrero from County Clare and Mary Lee from County Galway enjoying the first day of the Galway racing festival. Pic:Mark Condren
(from left), Sophie Small, Michelle Bell, Tina Monroe, Denise Pia, Danielle Small and Laura Fox at the Galway races
Pic:Mark Condren
(from left), Sophie Small, Michelle Bell, Tina Monroe, Denise Pia, Danielle Small and Laura Fox at the Galway races Pic:Mark Condren
Cliona Molloy from Offaly and Kim Duffy from Kildare enjoying the first day of the Galway racing festival.
Pic:Mark Condren
Cliona Molloy from Offaly and Kim Duffy from Kildare enjoying the first day of the Galway racing festival. Pic:Mark Condren

Champion trainer Dermot Weld has won the Guinness Galway Hurdle three times but it without a win in the race since 2001, when Ansar and Paul Carberry came out on top.

Stay tuned throughout the day for all news and updates.

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