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 TOP FORM: Best Dressed Lady Camilla Henderson

TOP FORM: Best Dressed Lady Camilla Henderson

STYLE PARADE: Aishlin Fitzgerald, Rachel Clarke, Paula Geraghty and Joanne Quirke  soak up the  atmosphere

STYLE PARADE: Aishlin Fitzgerald, Rachel Clarke, Paula Geraghty and Joanne Quirke soak up the atmosphere

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TOP FORM: Best Dressed Lady Camilla Henderson

Ladies Day at the Cotswolds festival started with a bang for champion jockey Ruby Walsh and trainer Willie Mullins who claimed victory in the day's opening race, while the final race of the day went to another Irish trainer in Dermot Weld.

However, it was the daughter of English trainer Nicky Henderson who was the biggest fashion winner after striking brunette Camilla Henderson was crowned Best Dressed lady at the racing festival.

The glamorous 26-year-old was chosen by the judging panel, including Dublin presenter Rachel Wyse, as she sported her mum's vintage fur shawl over a Next maroon dress.

Meanwhile, Northern Irish florist Elaine Waterworth cracked open the champagne last night and couldn't believe her luck when she was made runner-up for her dark green wool outfit, teamed with a €40 hat.

The Lisburn lass was initially told that she was not being picked by the judges, who changed their minds and offered her a place on the catwalk. "I glued the pieces on to my hat on the bus up here," she told the Herald. "I have won a fashion competition before, but I was not expecting this. I only came back because my friend wanted to enter."

Sky Sports star Rachel Wyse, who hails from Blackrock, was given the unenviable task of choosing the winner of the competition.

GLAMOROUS

On a day where dodgy fake tan, sky-scraper heels and micro mini-dresses were in full flow, Rachel said they went for a race-appropriate outfit that was "a head-turner".

Leitrim native Jennifer Wrynne was among the hordes of competition entries who was left disappointed at not being chosen.

And while the luck of the Irish did not come in for the best dressed, in the parade ring, glamorous Rachel Clarke looked radiant in a red outfit as she cheered on her partner, jockey Paul Carberry.

"Over the last few years we have started to make more of an effort, by adding hats and laying out outfits the week before," pretty Rachel told the Herald. "I love dressing up and I really enjoy coming over to England and getting a chance to meet up with the other girls," she said.

Rachel was decked out in head-to-toe Cheltenham tweed for Ladies Day and she wasn't the only one as the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker Bowles, went for a similar style statement.

The wife of Prince Charles was a royal guest to watch the day's feature race, the Queen Mother Champion Steeplechase, alongside Princess Anne and Zara Phillips.

Meanwhile, it was a disappointing day for Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary, whose principal jockey Bryan Cooper broke his leg.

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