Helen Murphy is Galway’s Best Dressed Lady
HIGH street savvy bagged fashionista Helen Murphy the win in the Anthony Ryan Best Dressed competition at Ladies Day in Ballybrit.
The secondary school teacher, from Douglas, Co.Cork, wore a mint green midi skirt and white top from Coast.
It was accessorised with an Aisling Maher multi coloured pearl necklace and a white disc hat embellished with broaches from Dunnes Stores.
Helen topped off the look with a 1950’s vintage Walborg clutch and shoes from Nine West.
Many of Helen’s students were looking on as she was crowned and happily cheered her on from the sidelines.
Tens of thousands of punters showed up in their gladrags to day four of the Galway Races.
Ladies Day is famous for its colour and it’s safe to say ticket holders offered plenty to admire in the style stakes this year.
While the majority of the fillies looked dazzling in their attire, their were a few misses in the wardrobe department.
As the day wore on, high heels were replaced by flip flops and perfectly polished hairdos were unravelling.
In addition, feathered hats and embellished fascinators were discarded as the punters unwound in the sunshine with champagne and mojitos.
But for the racegoers, the day was a massive success.
For the bookmakers however, the day could not have been worse.
JP McManus’ Thomas Edison stormed the finish line to claim the Guinness Galway Hurdle, worth a substantial €250,000.
"We arrived on course today with a spring in our step but we'll be limping out of here alongside the ladies in stilettos, as the biggest gambles on the card clicked for the punters,” Hayley O'Connor of Ladbrokes said.
Féilim Mac An Iomaire of Paddy Power added:
“The punters’ form was as patchy as the weather early doors as the bookies raced into an early lead. However, winning races becoming Thomas Edison’s latest invention was the best possible result for the punters and it knocked our lights out for the remainder of the day.”
A number of well-known faces attended, incuding Martin O’Neill, Daithi O Se, Karen Koster and Sonya Lennon.