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Ennis woman Mary Behan wins Best Dressed at Dubai World Cup

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Mary Behan and Evelyn MacDermott

Mary Behan and Evelyn MacDermott

Guests arrive at the Meydan racecourse before the start of the ten million US dollars Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race

Guests arrive at the Meydan racecourse before the start of the ten million US dollars Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race

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A guest arrives at the Meydan racecourse before the start of the ten million US dollars Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race

A guest arrives at the Meydan racecourse before the start of the ten million US dollars Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race

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Guests pose for a picture as they arrive at the Meydan racecourse before the start of the ten million US dollars Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race

Guests pose for a picture as they arrive at the Meydan racecourse before the start of the ten million US dollars Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race

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Mary Behan

The fashionable Irish have taken the international racing circuit by storm, scooping first place and runner-up in the competitive style stakes at the prestigious Dubai World Cup.

There were more than 1,000 online entries for the Best Dressed categories, with race-goers converging from Europe, Australia, America and Asia on Dubai's Meydan course.

It fell to Mary Behan from Co Clare to clinch the winner's prize - and she now has use of a Jaguar F-TYPE coupé sports car for a year.

Working at the Cleveland Clinic in Abu Dhabi, the blonde won the keenly contested competition wearing a high street outfit, with a blue floral dress from Miss Selfridge dress and a hat from occasion wear specialists Coast.

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Mary Behan and Evelyn MacDermott

Mary Behan and Evelyn MacDermott

Mary Behan and Evelyn MacDermott

Mary told well-wishers: "I am freaking out, I never expected winning this among so many beautifully dressed women. I am sure the whole of Ireland will get to know about this win."

Emirates flight attendant and staff trainer Evelyn McDermott from Tralee, Co Kerry, made it an Irish one-two. The Kerry woman makes hats in her spare time and won the Best Dressed prize at the Dubai World Cup in 2011, and runner-up in 2013.

Evelyn suspected that her winning streak might be up, but the judges thought differently. They liked Evelyn's blue Pied a Terre dress from House of Fraser and the blue and orange hat she shaped like the new stand at Meydan.

Evelyn told the Irish Independent how she made the straw hat at 6am that morning after looking after hats for 30 clients - one of whom made the finals.

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Guests arrive at the Meydan racecourse before the start of the ten million US dollars Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race

Guests arrive at the Meydan racecourse before the start of the ten million US dollars Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race

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Guests arrive at the Meydan racecourse before the start of the ten million US dollars Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race

"Mary and I only realised we were both Irish when we heard the accent," said Evelyn whose jockey brother Sean won the Camden Plate in South Carolina the same day.

Milliner Carol Kennelly from Tralee was a finalist for Most Creative Hat.

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A guest arrives at the Meydan racecourse before the start of the ten million US dollars Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race

A guest arrives at the Meydan racecourse before the start of the ten million US dollars Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race

AFP/Getty Images

A guest arrives at the Meydan racecourse before the start of the ten million US dollars Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race

Irish Independent