Thursday 4 June 2015

Ladies Day at Galway Races kicks off with early style wars

Published 31/07/2014 | 11:16

(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
Helen Murphy from Douglas Cork winner of the best dressed lady competition at the Galway racing festival. PIc:Mark Condren
Racegoers enjoying ladies day at the Galway races. Pic:Mark Condren
Daithi O'Sea with Barbara White horse racing Ireland and Paul Geraghty ife of jockey Barry Geraghty on Ladies day at the Galway races Pic:Mark Condren
Racegoers enjoying ladies day at the Galway races. Pic:Mark Condren
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Rebecca Doherty from Donegal and Karen Kennedy from Dublin enjoying at ladies day at the Galway races.
Michelle Goes amd Flavia Ferezin enjoying ladies day at the Galway racing festival. Pic:Mark Condren
Racegoers enjoying ladies day at the Galway races. Pic:Mark Condren
Racegoer Ilona Zalewska and Cornelia Katrani enjoying ladies day at the Galway races. Pic:Mark Condren
Racegoers enjoying ladies day at the Galway races. Pic:Mark Condren
(from left), Shannon Maguire, Wadaoin Wheelan, Jodie O'Keeffe, Aoife Rowland and Emma Noonan
Cadhla and Claire Cunningham and Sarah Maher from Meath
Racegoer Annmarie Blennerhassett from Dublin enjoying at ladies day at the Galway races. Pic:Mark Condren
Racegoer Ilona Zalewska enjoying ladies day at the Galway races. Pic:Mark Condren
(second from left) Wife of jockey AP McCoy Chanelle McCoy
Claire Lillis from Galway with her 3d printed hat on ladies day at the Galway races Pic:Mark Condren
A racegoer enjoying at ladies day at the Galway races. Pic:Mark Condren
A racegoer enjoying the ladies day at the Galway races. Pic:Mark Condren
A racegoer enjoying at 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.

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
Laura Fox at the Galway races Pic:Mark Condren
Gillian Maher and Suzzane Joyces Ryder from Tipperary at the Galway races Pic:Mark Condren
Sandra Mullen from Tuam County Galway enjoying the first day of the Galway racing festival. Pic:Mark Condren
Theresa Molloy, Sinead Dowling and Sacha Curran all from Galway enjoying day two of the Galway racing festival. Pic:Mark Condren
Caren Lynch and Avril Donnellan from Galway enjoying day two of the Galway racing festival. Pic:Mark Condren
Jockey AP McCoy with his wife Chanelle and children Archie and Eve at the Galway races Pic:Mark Condren
(from left), Sisters Gillian and Anna Duggan enjoying the first day of the Galway racing festival. Pic:Mark Condren
Sisters Clare and Sarah Makem from Armagh enjoying day two of the Galway racing festival. Pic:Mark Condren
Senator Catherine Noone and Marietta Doran enjoying day two of the Galway racing festival. Pic:Mark Condren
Mikeia Frances from Spain, Caroline Sanz from Spain and Deborah Mireles from Mexico enjoying day two of the Galway racing festival. Pic:Mark Condren
Senator Catherine Noone and Marietta Doran enjoying day two of the Galway racing festival. Pic:Mark Condren
Theresa Molloy, Sinead Dowling and Sacha Curran all from Galway enjoying day two of the Galway racing festival. Pic:Mark Condren
Theresa Molloy, Sinead Dowling and Sacha Curran all from Galway enjoying day two of the Galway racing festival. Pic:Mark Condren
Miss Galway Leah Tiernan enjoying the first day of the Galway races Pic:Mark Condren
Winner of the Most appropriately dressed lady competition Noelle Fleming at the Galway races on day one. 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.

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
Laura Fox at the Galway races Pic:Mark Condren
Gillian Maher and Suzzane Joyces Ryder from Tipperary at the Galway races Pic:Mark Condren
Sandra Mullen from Tuam County Galway enjoying the first day of the Galway racing festival. Pic:Mark Condren
Theresa Molloy, Sinead Dowling and Sacha Curran all from Galway enjoying day two of the Galway racing festival. Pic:Mark Condren
Caren Lynch and Avril Donnellan from Galway enjoying day two of the Galway racing festival. Pic:Mark Condren
Jockey AP McCoy with his wife Chanelle and children Archie and Eve at the Galway races Pic:Mark Condren
(from left), Sisters Gillian and Anna Duggan enjoying the first day of the Galway racing festival. Pic:Mark Condren
Sisters Clare and Sarah Makem from Armagh enjoying day two of the Galway racing festival. Pic:Mark Condren
Senator Catherine Noone and Marietta Doran enjoying day two of the Galway racing festival. Pic:Mark Condren
Mikeia Frances from Spain, Caroline Sanz from Spain and Deborah Mireles from Mexico enjoying day two of the Galway racing festival. Pic:Mark Condren
Senator Catherine Noone and Marietta Doran enjoying day two of the Galway racing festival. Pic:Mark Condren
Theresa Molloy, Sinead Dowling and Sacha Curran all from Galway enjoying day two of the Galway racing festival. Pic:Mark Condren
Theresa Molloy, Sinead Dowling and Sacha Curran all from Galway enjoying day two of the Galway racing festival. Pic:Mark Condren
Miss Galway Leah Tiernan enjoying the first day of the Galway races Pic:Mark Condren
Winner of the Most appropriately dressed lady competition Noelle Fleming at the Galway races on day one. Pic:Mark Condren
Cliona Molloy from Offaly and Kim Duffy from Kildare enjoying the first day of the Galway racing festival. Pic:Mark Condren

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.

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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