Friday 17 August 2018

Fashionistas brave the rain for a face off at Punchestown - and there's already a best dressed winner

(L to R) Rosie Fortescue and Marietta Doran, Alex Butler, Evanne Ni Chuillin at Punchestown Racecourse
(L to R) Rosie Fortescue and Marietta Doran, Alex Butler, Evanne Ni Chuillin at Punchestown Racecourse
Rosie Fortescue and Marietta Doran at Punchestown. Picture: Patrick Browne
Rosie Fortscue, judge in the best dressed lady competition at the first day at the Punchestown Races. Picture: Damien Eagers
From l to r are, Ally McParland, Newry, Sarah McEvoy, Newry, at the first day at the Punchestown Races. Picture: Damien Eagers
From l to r are Paula McCormack, from Tipperary, Michelle Fallon, from Newbridge and Laura Doogue, Kilkenny at the first day at the Punchestown Races. Picture: Damien Eagers
Denise, right and Andrea Walsh, from Clane, Kildare at the first day at the first day at the Punchestown Races. Picture: Damien Eagers
Kathy Langley, a Milliner from Tipperary at the first day at the Punchestown Races. Picture: Damien Eagers
Best dressed Judge, Sophie White at the first day at the Punchestown Races. Picture: Damien Eagers
Alex Butler, centre, from Middleton, Cork, winner of the best dressed competition for day 1 with judges Rosie Fortscue, right, and Sophie White at the first day at the Punchestown Races. Picture: Damien Eagers
Rosie Fortscue, judge in the best dressed lady competition at the first day at the Punchestown Races. Picture: Damien Eagers
Alex Butler, from Middleton, Cork winner of the best dressed, at the first day at the Punchestown Races. Picture: Damien Eagers
Alex Butler, from Middleton, Cork winner of the best dressed for the first day at the Punchestown Races
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Alex Butler, a manager at SuperValu, scooped the best dressed lady prize for day one at the Punchestown Races.

Ms Butler, from Midleton, Co Cork, impressed the judges with her high street ensemble, including flared white trousers from Zara, a vintage inspired pink smock coat by Miss Daisy Blue and shoes from Dunnes Stores. She finished off her eye-catching ensemble with a custom hat by Irish milliner Sophie Hunter.

Alex Butler, centre, from Middleton, Cork, winner of the best dressed competition for day 1 with judges Rosie Fortscue, right, and Sophie White at the first day at the Punchestown Races. Picture: Damien Eagers
Alex Butler, centre, from Middleton, Cork, winner of the best dressed competition for day 1 with judges Rosie Fortscue, right, and Sophie White at the first day at the Punchestown Races. Picture: Damien Eagers

Alex will now go forward for the final Best Dressed competition this Friday, against four other winners from each day at the races. She is no stranger to the competitive racing style circuit having won the grand prize at the Galway Races in 2015.

On hand to judge the best dressed festivities was former Made in Chelsea star turned jewellery designer Rosie Fortescue in a floaty floral dress from Beulah London and she joked that she "may have nearly drowned in the rain" that dampened the spring style on display.

Also spotted at Tuesday's races was RTE sports news presenter Evanne Ní Chuilinn and stylist Marietta Doran.

For all the pictures from day one at Punchestown, see our gallery below:

Bollinger best dressed Kate Nally Mc Cormac at the second day of the Punchestown racing festival. Picture: Michael Chester
Bollinger best dressed Kate Nally Mc Cormac at the second day of the Punchestown racing festival. Picture: Michael Chester
From l to r are, Kerri Byrne, from Rathfarnham, Chloe Mooney, from Crumlin and Lorna Doyle, from Terenure pictured at the Punchestown Races in Co. Kildare. Picture: Damien Eagers
Maria Byrne, from Carlow at the Punchestown Races in Co. Kildare. Picture: Damien Eagers
Maria Byrne at the Punchestown Races in Co. Kildare. Picture: Damien Eagers
Judges of the Bollinger best dressed competition, Anna Geary, right and Triona McCarthy at the Punchestown Races in Co. Kildare. Picture: Damien Eagers
Emma Kiernan, Claire Campbell and Niamh Donlan at the Punchestown Races in Co. Kildare. Picture: Damien Eagers
Sisters, Emma Kiernan, Claire Campbell and Niamh Donlan, at the Punchestown Races in Co. Kildare. Picture: Damien Eagers
Finalists in the Bollinger best dressed lady competition from left to right are, Catherine Lundon, Mullingar, Niamh Dolan, Longford, Kate Nally McCormack, Longford, Jess Colbett, and Melissa Lyon, from Clane, Co. Kildare at the Punchestown Races in Co. Kildare. Picture: Damien Eagers
Kate Nally McCormack, from Ballymahon, Co. Longford, winner of the Bollinger best dressed lady competition with judges, Anna Geary and Triona McCarthy at the Punchestown Races in Co. Kildare. Picture: Damien Eagers
Kate Nally McCormack, from Ballymahon, Co. Longford, winner of the Bollinger best dressed lady competition with judges, Anna Geary and Triona McCarthy at the Punchestown Races in Co. Kildare. Picture: Damien Eagers
Linda Sheehan, left, Laois, Lorna Hennessy, Leixlip at the Punchestown Races in Co. Kildare. Picture: Damien Eagers
Kate Nally McCormack, from Ballymahon, Co. Longford at the Punchestown Races in Co. Kildare. Picture: Damien Eagers
Tamzo Doyle at the Punchestown Races in Co. Kildare. Picture: Damien Eagers
Ashley Reid, from Caragh, Co. Kildare at the Punchestown Races in Co. Kildare. Picture: Damien Eagers
Aisling Clinch, from Coolock at the Punchestown Races in Co. Kildare. Picture: Damien Eagers
Niav Reilly, from Laois, left and Siobhan Daly, from Kilkenny at the Punchestown Races in Co. Kildare. Picture: Damien Eagers
Anna Geary at the Punchestown Races in Co. Kildare. Picture: Damien Eagers
Anna Geary, a judge in the best dressed competition at the Punchestown Races in Co. Kildare. Picture: Damien Eagers
Anna Geary, a judge in the best dressed competition, at the Punchestown Races in Co. Kildare. Picture: Damien Eagers
Gabrielle Dunne at the second day of the Punchestown racing festival. Picture: Michael Chester
Tamso and David Cox at the second day of the Punchestown racing festival. Picture: Michael Chester
Catherine London at the second day of the Punchestown racing festival. Picture: Michael Chester
Irene Brady and Camilla Clarke at the second day of the Punchestown racing festival. Picture: Michael Chester
Triona McCarthy at the second day of the Punchestown racing festival. Picture: Michael Chester
Triona McCarthy at the second day of the Punchestown racing festival. Picture: Michael Chester
Triona McCarthy and Anna Geary at the second day of the Punchestown racing festival. Picture: Michael Chester
Marietta Doran with the Bollinger Judges, Triona McCarthy and Anna Geary at the second day of the Punchestown racing festival. Picture: Michael Chester
Anna Geary at the second day of the Punchestown racing festival. Picture: Michael Chester
Ashley Reid at the second day of the Punchestown racing festival. Picture: Michael Chester
Niamh Donlon at the second day of the Punchestown racing festival. Picture: Michael Chester
Donna Macken, left and Rosie Kirk, from, Newry, at the first day at the Punchestown Races. Picture: Damien Eagers
Rosie Fortescue and Marietta Doran at Punchestown. Picture: Patrick Browne
Alex Butler at the first day of the 2018 Punchestown festival. Picture: Michael Chester
Alex Butler at the first day of the 2018 Punchestown festival. Picture: Michael Chester
Rosie Fortescue at the first day of the 2018 Punchestown festival. Picture: Michael Chester
Rosie Fortescue at the first day of the 2018 Punchestown festival. Picture: Michael Chester
Derville Meade at Punchestown. Picture: Patrick Browne
Paula Mc Cormac and Michelle Fallon at the first day of the 2018 Punchestown festival. Picture: Michael Chester
Rosie Fortscue, judge in the best dressed lady competition at the first day at the Punchestown Races. Picture: Damien Eagers
From l to r are, Ally McParland, Newry, Sarah McEvoy, Newry, at the first day at the Punchestown Races. Picture: Damien Eagers
From l to r are Paula McCormack, from Tipperary, Michelle Fallon, from Newbridge and Laura Doogue, Kilkenny at the first day at the Punchestown Races. Picture: Damien Eagers
Tina Coyne at the first day of the 2018 Punchestown festival. Picture: Michael Chester
Alex Butler at the first day of the 2018 Punchestown festival. Picture: Michael Chester
Sarah Dunne at the first day of the 2018 Punchestown festival. Picture: Michael Chester
Niamh Lawlor, from Crookstown, Co. Kildare at day one of the Punchestown Races in Co. Kildare Picture: Damien Eagers
From l to r are, Ally McParland, Newry, Emma Curtis, Meath and Sarah McEvoy, Newry, at day one of the Punchestown Races in Co. Kildare Picture: Damien Eagers
Claier Caneron at the first day of the 2018 Punchestown festival. Picture: Michael Chester
Denise, right and Andrea Walsh, from Clane, Kildare at the first day at the first day at the Punchestown Races. Picture: Damien Eagers
Kathy Langley, a Milliner from Tipperary at the first day at the Punchestown Races. Picture: Damien Eagers
Best dressed Judge, Sophie White at the first day at the Punchestown Races. Picture: Damien Eagers
Alex Butler, centre, from Middleton, Cork, winner of the best dressed competition for day 1 with judges Rosie Fortscue, right, and Sophie White at the first day at the Punchestown Races. Picture: Damien Eagers
Rosie Fortscue, judge in the best dressed lady competition at the first day at the Punchestown Races. Picture: Damien Eagers
Alex Butler, from Middleton, Cork winner of the best dressed, at the first day at the Punchestown Races. Picture: Damien Eagers
Alex Butler, from Middleton, Cork winner of the best dressed for the first day at the Punchestown Races
Aoife daffy, from Dundrum, Kildare at the first day at the Punchestown Races. Picture: Damien Eagers
Aoife Daffy, from Dundrum, at the first day at the Punchestown Races. Picture: Damien Eagers
Niamh Lawlor, from Crookstown, Co. Kildare at the first day at the Punchestown Races. Picture: Damien Eagers
Aisling Kelleher, Cork, Tina Coyne, Cork and Niamh Kenny from Kerry at day one of the Punchestown Races in Co. Kildare Picture: Damien Eagers
RTE's Evanne Ni Chuilinn at day one of the Punchestown Races in Co. Kildare Picture: Damien Eagers
Lorna Doogue (Kilkenny) at the first day of the 2018 Punchestown festival. Picture: Michael Chester
Donna Mackin at the first day of the 2018 Punchestown festival. Picture: Michael Chester
Emma Curtis at day one of the Punchestown Races in Co. Kildare Picture: Damien Eagers
From l to r, are Aoife Crowley, Mary Clare and Carol Stanley, at day one of the Punchestown Races in Co. Kildare Picture: Damien Eagers
Rosie Kirk at the first day of the 2018 Punchestown festival. Picture: Michael Chester

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