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Rosie looks stunning but Grainne's granny hat had Fairyhouse talking

THE grey skies and rain failed to put a dampener on the colour and style of Ladies' Day at Fairyhouse.

Former Miss World and Herald columnist Rosanna Davison was among the 15,000 racegoers to attend the last day of the races.

And despite the cool weather, Rosanna led the way with her chic cream mini dress, red fascinator and matching heels.

Rosie was there to judge the Best Dressed Ladies competition alongside Off The Rails host Brendan Courtney.

RTE star Grainne Seoige opted to play it safe considering the threatening skies, wearing a sensible trench-coat. Her only nod to the occasion was a leopard-print hat.

And that's what had Fairyhouse talking as fashionistas wondered was it more Granny than Grainne?

There was no sign of the 38-year-old's boyfriend, South African rugby coach Leon Jordaan, but mum-of-one Grainne said she is very content with life at the moment.

"I love the action at the racecourse," she said. "I think it's a great day out, you meet everyone here, whether it's Cheltenham or Fairyhouse or Galway or Listowel."

And there was certainly no shortage of style among the punters.

Awarded for her vintage style was Navan local, civil servant Michelle O'Connor (28).

She opted for a navy blue jump suit from Divine boutique with a cream stole and hat that originally belonged to her great-aunt.

The whole cost of the Downton Abbey-inspired outfit was a mere €100 -- but earned her a prize package worth a massive €8,000.

Fashion aside, punters lost €5m as rank outsider Lion Na Bearnai won the Ladbrokes Grand National.

Jockey Andrew Thornton and the 33-1 rated animal finished first, much to the delight of the Meath-based Lock Syndicate.

The owners, led by Kells man Tom Gilsenan, bought the horse for €9,000 and he was trained by his old school friend Thomas Gibney. Their faith in Gibney was restored after they bagged a prize of €141,000.


"It is an advertisement for the small trainer," Mr Gilsenan said.

"The horse didn't look like a lot at the time we bought him but Thomas liked him.

"Thomas had always had a plan that he thought he was capable of running a national but to be honest none of us were fully sure."

Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary, and tycoon JP McManus.

Also out having a flutter was Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

He said he had an emotional start to his day, as he was at a funeral mass in Tara, Co Meath that morning for the son of his friend Ciaran Staunton.

His son Rory (12), who hails from prominent Irish-New York family, passed away after a short illness.

"It's always very sad when a child goes like that," he said.