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Kirsty Farrell wins Best Dressed at day one of Punchestown (again) as summer racing season kicks off

Sean O'Grady

Published 27/04/2016 | 07:27

Kirsty Farrell from Newry was named Bollinger Best Dressed Lady at Day one of the Punchestown Racing Festival. Picture Andres Poveda
Kirsty Farrell from Newry was named Bollinger Best Dressed Lady at Day one of the Punchestown Racing Festival. Picture Andres Poveda
Kirsty Farrell at the opening day of the Punchestown Festival. Picture: Michael Chester
Suzanne O'Reilly at the opening day of the Punchestown Festival. Picture: Michael Chester
Kirsty Farrell and Emma Henratty at the opening day of the Punchestown Festival. Picture: Michael Chester
Kirsty Farrell from Newry winner of Day 1 of Gold Fever Best Dressed Lady at the opening of The Punchestown Festival

Elegance was the name of the game on day one of the Punchestown Racing Festival.

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Grey skies and blustering winds did not put some of Ireland's most stylish fashionistas off strutting their stuff at the Kildare racing venue.

Best-dressed winner Kirsty Farrell, from Newry is no stranger to Ladies Day as the 20-year-old regularly gets dolled up with the hopes of winning. But this is the first time she has taken home the crown.

"I try to go to them all because they are an excuse to get dressed up, but I have never won before,'' she told the Herald.

Kirsty Farrell and Emma Henratty at the opening day of the Punchestown Festival. Picture: Michael Chester
Kirsty Farrell and Emma Henratty at the opening day of the Punchestown Festival. Picture: Michael Chester

The brunette beauty did not have to travel far to find her winning dress as it was supplied by her mother's shop, Rosie's Closet in Newry.

"My hat was made to match my outfit, which is from my mum's boutique," she said.

Kirsty revealed she is set to attend every day of the racing festival and has plans to celebrate her win with a night on the town.

"My friend and I are coming to this so we are going to be celebrating all week long in the bar."

Rebecca Quigley from Monaghan at the opening day of the Punchestown Festival. Picture: Michael Chester
Rebecca Quigley from Monaghan at the opening day of the Punchestown Festival. Picture: Michael Chester

"We were looking for something quite elegant and sophisticated and I just think her silhouette was really the winner,'' said fashion stylist and judge Cathy O'Connor.

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Head judge Holly Carpenter was blown away by the day's style and also revealed plans to star alongside Vogue Williams in her new RTE documentary series, which will be aired this autumn.

"Work is going great," Holly said. I'm filming something with Vogue Williams next week for the series which should be cool. It's for her documentary shows.

Holly Carpenter at the opening day of the Punchestown Festival. Picture: Michael Chester
Holly Carpenter at the opening day of the Punchestown Festival. Picture: Michael Chester

"I'm helping her out so that should be fun.''

Donning a dress from Ranelagh boutique Bow and Pearl, the model said it took her all day to get ready.

"It always takes me ages to get ready. I always give myself loads of time,'' she said.

"I'm not great with time management."

Suzanne O'Reilly at the opening day of the Punchestown Festival. Picture: Michael Chester
Suzanne O'Reilly at the opening day of the Punchestown Festival. Picture: Michael Chester

An impressive 19,825 punters turned out for the first day of the racing festival, down 300 on the same day last year.

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