Wednesday 26 October 2016

Stars and style collide for the 150th running of Irish Derby

Published 29/06/2015 | 02:30

Ailish Brennan, from Monastervin, and Robbie Ennis from Kildare.
Ailish Brennan, from Monastervin, and Robbie Ennis from Kildare.
Most Stylish Lady winner Lorraine O’Sullivan with judge Amanda Byram.
Margaret Brennan from Slane, Co Meath
Kathleen Larkin, Annette Nolan and Danielle Nolan from Carlow.

It was a weekend of celebrity spotting and sporting great hats, backing winning horses and celebrating the historic, 150th running of the Irish Derby at the Curragh.

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The eighth Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby attracted record numbers and was won by the John Gosden- trained Jack Hobbs.

Colm McLoughlin, the executive vice chairman of Dubai Duty Free, presented the winning connections with a brand new, specially commissioned trophy which was made for the 150th anniversary.

There was lots of nostalgia on the day and guests included the actress Mary Crosby, daughter of singer Bing Crosby whose horse Meadow Court won the Irish Derby back in 1965.

Mary, who famously played the role of Kristin and shot JR in 'Dallas', attended the Curragh with her husband, Mark Brodka and their two sons. History repeated itself because just as her dad Bing had serenaded Curragh racegoers with 'When Irish Eyes Are Smiling', after his horse won, on Saturday local opera singer Celine Byrne gave a rendition of the song.

The style squad were out in force for the Most Stylish Lady competition which was won by Lorraine O'Sullivan from Dooradoyle, Co Limerick. She wore a cream Philip Armstrong dress which she rented from the Ivory Closet boutique, Lulu Guinness bag, Kurt Geiger shoes and a pillbox hat she finished making that morning.

Lorraine was chosen as the overall winner by a judging panel led by Breeda McLoughlin of Dubai Duty Free, television presenter Amanda Byram, Image Magazine's editor Melanie Morris, and fashion editor of the Irish Independent Bairbre Power. Bairbre was also the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Lifestyle Ambassador for the festival.

Lorraine walked away with a coveted prize worth almost €20,000.

Famous faces at the races included film maker Jim Sheridan.

Irish Independent

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