Lucy's thrifty style is first past the post
CASHMERE coat, borrowed belt and thermals from Penneys. That was Lucy Foster's winning combination when she walked away with the €1,000 best-dressed prize at the Powers Irish Grand National meeting at Fairyhouse yesterday.
Lucy comes from a household of racing fanatics -- including her mother Denise (Sneezy), a trainer in Enfield, Co Meath, and a boyfriend Fozzy Stack, one of the most successful flat trainers this season.
But neither was there to see her in the winner's enclosure being presented with her prize of €1,000 from Powers Whiskey plus a pampering spa prize with accommodation from Carton House Hotel.
Black is never out of fashion -- especially when it is worn with attitude, as 25-year-old Lucy did, with a cheeky Whiteley felt hat bought at Fenwicks in London, and trust mum to keep up with the cute Fendi bag she borrowed for the day.
A good-luck charm no doubt as Denise, a local trainer, had a win at Fairyhouse in February with Supreme Article.
The bank holiday race outing was a bit of a busman's holiday for blonde Lucy (25), who works for Primus Marketing in Fethard, Co Tipperary, which handles advertising for John Magnier.
Lucy and boyfriend Fozzy, assistant trainer to his dad Tommy Stack, the former jockey who partnered Red Rum to victory in the 1977 Grand National, have plenty to celebrate as he is now on a run -- with four winners out of four races at the Curragh in March and a win in Cork on Sunday with Lolly for Dolly owned by David Keoghan, actor boyfriend of Cecelia Ahern.
Lucy's Jesire coat came from Brown Thomas, the three-strand black-and-gilt belt from Crave boutique in Naas was borrowed and her wool dress, patent shoes, opaque tights and thermal underwear all came from Penneys.
Art teacher Paula Gannon, from Athlone, Co Westmeath, walked away with second prize in the best-dressed lady competition in a very stylish all-cream outfit, including a very affordable L K Bennett lace coat picked up for just €60 at Kildare Village outlet mall.
At 6ft 1in tall, her cream River Island brogue heels added a further two inches and art teacher Paula cut her costs by making a headpiece using feathers and a hairband.
Third place went to Davina Geraghty, from Swords, who wore a Paul Costelloe cream ensemble with navy hat and accessories.
There was a distinct move towards buying and wearing Irish and racing veteran Faith Almond, from Carlow, cut a dash in a Joanne Hynes coat and Philip Treacy hat.
The style quotient stretched enormously, from long maxi dresses to full-length fur coats, micro mini-dresses to ostrich frocks with rich plumage.
Martha Lynn, from Roscommon, was lucky enough to wear a Stephen Jones hat which the world famous milliner gave her as a gift when she did work experience for him in London.
The felted hat stayed on despite the windy gusts and Martha explained how, after working with Philip Treacy, she hopes to open her own hat business in Dublin's Pearse Street.