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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Hats off to the style winners as over 16,000 brave rain

Published 02/05/2014 | 09:03

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Nicola Hughes and Jade Stone at Punchestown yesterday. Photo: Andres Poved
Nicola Hughes and Jade Stone at Punchestown yesterday. Photo: Andres Poveda
Jennifer Wrynne
Jennifer Wrynne

Her family's co-owned horse Quevega had an unlucky afternoon, but for rising milliner Jennifer Wrynne the third day of the Punchestown Festival was a style success.

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The 24-year-old beauty is a regular visitor to the track and made the most of the event yesterday to showcase her own designs.

One of many female fillies to step out in her racing best, Jennifer dazzled onlookers in the parade ring when she entered in a knee-length pink ensemble, complete with one of her own headpiece creations.

"It's a great excuse to get dressed up but also it's a nice opportunity for me to showcase my designs," she told the Herald.

"I suppose being part of a racing family inspired me to do what I do.

"I've never trained as a milliner, but I picked tips up along the way and now I'm selling in the UK and Dubai." Jennifer's uncle is part owner of queen mare Quevega with the traditionally lucky syndicate Hammer & Trowel and they narrowly missed out on winning the Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle.

The horse was pipped to the post by Jetson, trained by Jessica Harrington.

It was an emotional occasion for Jessica, who lost her husband Johnny last month.

She told the Herald that never in her wildest dreams did she imagine Jetson taking home the top prize.

"He was a total outsider and I didn't expect a win at all -- horses are wonderful like that when they surprise you," she said. "It was absolutely lovely for me."

Despite the rain showers, 16,158 people turned out to take in the sporting action in Kildare yesterday.

(The Herald)

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