Judges salute Captain Catherine's winning style
IT WAS a 24-hour fashion about-turn for Army captain Catherine Lundon from Mullingar who was crowned Most Stylish Lady at Fairyhouse races.
Easter Sunday saw her in full uniform raising the national colours at Glasnevin cemetery.
But 24 hours later, the transport officer at Cathal Brugha Barracks in Dublin had switched to full-on girly glamour.
Gone was the uniform and Sam Brown belt, replaced by a disco ball-esque gold-disc sequinned 'Virgo's Lounge' peplum top she bought at Nell's Closet in Athlone last summer for a wedding.
When she discovered the 'all that glitters is gold' theme for yesterday's Most Stylish Lady competition sponsored by Carton House, "out came the top".
Catherine matched it with 10-year-old black trousers from Vila, shoe-boots from Kurt Geiger, a DKNY clutch bag and a faux-fur collar from Ted Baker.
But the collar quickly became redundant as the sunshine came out for the Irish Grand National, and the tilted black hat made by Fiona Mangan.
It was a stunning, picture-perfect outfit for a spring day's racing.
Catherine – whose normal attire is army camouflage and boots – picked the winner in the first race, but was unaware of the interest her eye-catching outfit was generating amongst the judges.
She was a unanimous winner from judges Brendan Courtney, Rosanna Davison and myself and she won an €8,000 package from Carton House and a bottle of Bollinger champagne.
Catherine also came in the first 10 in the style stakes at Bellewstown races last year before heading off on peace- keeping duties in the western Sahara.