Reigning Rose is first past the post in fashion stakes
THE famous song describes her as "lovely and fair as the rose of the summer".
And judges at yesterday's best-dressed competition at Leopardstown Racecourse clearly agreed with the description, giving the top award to reigning Rose of Tralee Charmaine Kenny.
The Kildare native, who represented London in Kerry last August, scooped the prize after donning a black coat from Arnotts and a dress from Irish designer Frank Lyman.
Her jewellery was from Newbridge Silverware, with her hat coming from Dublin shop Libra Designs.
Also at yesterday's Hennessy Gold Cup was Anne-Marie McManus, daughter-in-law of millionaire JP McManus, as well as TV3 presenter Glenda Gilson and hat designer Philip Treacy, who acted as guest judge for the best-dressed contest.
Charmaine received a €4,000 voucher from the Design Centre in Dublin's Powerscourt Centre, where Treacy's creations can also be found.
Meanwhile back on the racetrack, Joncol, ridden by Alain Cawley and trained by Paul Nolan, won the 20th Hennessy Gold Cup.