Friday 9 December 2016

Rachel Wyse canters back to equine roots for ladies day at Fairyhouse, and dons Irish milliner Alison Roe

Published 28/03/2016 | 13:13

PIC: Rachel Wyse Twitter.
PIC: Rachel Wyse Twitter.

Rachel Wyse trotted back to her equestrian roots and showed off some Rising centenary glamour over the weekend.

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The Sky Sports News presenter (31), who's a former professional showjumper, showed she's still a dab hand when it comes to horses.

Describing it as "very Downton Abbey", she donned the period ensemble ahead of the Carton House Most Stylish Lady contest at Fairyhouse racecourse today.

But she admitted to some trepidation about the photocall with her horsey co-model.

Sky Sports news anchor Rachel Wyse is judge for the Carton House Most Stylish lady competition which takes place at the Boylesports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse racecourse, Easter Monday 28th March 2016.
Sky Sports news anchor Rachel Wyse is judge for the Carton House Most Stylish lady competition which takes place at the Boylesports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse racecourse, Easter Monday 28th March 2016.
Sky Sports news anchor Rachel Wyse is judge for the Carton House Most Stylish lady competition which takes place at the Boylesports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse racecourse, Easter Monday 28th March 2016.
Sky Sports news anchor Rachel Wyse is judge for the Carton House Most Stylish lady competition which takes place at the Boylesports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse racecourse, Easter Monday 28th March 2016.
Sky Sports news anchor Rachel Wyse is judge for the Carton House Most Stylish lady competition which takes place at the Boylesports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse racecourse, Easter Monday 28th March 2016.

"I had the habit on with the hat and the veil. We had Dante the horse and I thought, 'This could go horribly wrong if he gets a fright' as I haven't been side-saddle for about 10 years, but he just stood there and did his job."

In keeping with the historic commemorations, she urged entrants to make the effort today and dress up in historical outfits in a departure from normal racecourse glamour for the event.

"People can pick their style icons from the last 100 years and go vintage from the 1920s or bold colours from the 1960s," she said.

"We don't want them to conform to what they think is the right way to dress for the races.

"We're encouraging people to stand out from the crowd and wear something a little different," she said.

"I'm really looking forward to it."

Wyse, who has been based in London for the past six years, will be joined by milliner Alison Roe as the pair choose a winner from the well turned-out ladies.

With a prize package worth €8,000 up for grabs, entrants should register at 12pm at the Carton House marquee.

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