Thursday 17 October 2019

Roz Purcell wows at Punchestown... in a chic baseball cap

Roz Purcell judging Best Dressed Lady at Punchestown Festival in 2016
Roz Purcell judging Best Dressed Lady at Punchestown Festival in 2016
Bollinger Best Dressed Ladies Judges on Day 4 of the Punchestown Festival Gillian Walsh, Roz Purcell and Jennifer Stevens

Sean O'Grady

She loves stepping outside the box when it comes to fashion, and top model Roz Purcell certainly raised eyebrows with her choice of hat on day four of the Punchestown Racing Festival.

Donning a red-striped visor paired with a black trouser suit from Reiss, Dublin, and a coat from Zara, the 25-year-old showed off her quirky style on the busiest day at the Kildare racecourse.

"I don't usually go for typical race-day hats," she told the Herald. "I always wear baseball caps. It is very appropriate.''

The Tipperary native was the celebrity judge for the grand finale of the Bollinger Best Dressed Lady competition, which saw Galway girl Jane Mulrooney take home the top prize.

Roz Purcell judges Bollinger Best Dressed Ladies Judge at Punchestown
Roz Purcell judges Bollinger Best Dressed Ladies Judge at Punchestown

"Jane is very elegant. It's not the usual race-day outfit," Roz said.

"It is a little bit understated, but it is still classic with a modern twist. It is very well put together.

"It was hard to pick from the masses, but in the line-up, I loved her straight away. I think she stood for everything we were looking for today."

A regular racegoer since her youth, Roz said she was relieved to finally be able to indulge in the glamorous side of the festival.

"I grew up going to the races for years, but it is a lot more fun coming here to judge Best Dressed than it was when I was a child," she said.

"If you are here with your parents and you have got horses running, you do not look glamorous at all."

Emma Hanratty from newly and her son, Oliver Farrell, 4 at the Punchestown Racing Festival in Co. Kildare.
Emma Hanratty from newly and her son, Oliver Farrell, 4 at the Punchestown Racing Festival in Co. Kildare.
Bollinger Best Dressed Ladies Judges on Day 4 of the Punchestown Festival and Jennifer Stevens , Roz Purcell

The brunette has been keeping busy lately with the RTE Player Food Hub, but revealed that TV isn't her top priority.

"The Food Hub is really great. I am excited about it," she said. "I'm going to really prioritise (my cookbook) Natural Born Feeder and YouTube and the social media side of things."

Speaking after her win, Best Dressed winner Jane thought it was important to wear something that was appropriate for the frosty weather.

Sporting a figure-hugging pink dress and a hat by Martha Lynn, the Dublin-based doctor is no stranger to taking home the Best Dressed title.

"Luckily, I had this pink dress and, as the weather was cold, I thought I'd wear something with long sleeves," she said.

"I won Best Dressed years ago at the Curragh, in 2008, if I remember correctly," she said.

A racing veteran, Jane met husband Phillip Hackett, of Hackett Bookmakers, at the Galway Races in 2003.

Although she shared her prizes with her mother and sister last time around, this time she will be sharing her winnings - a dozen bottles of Bollinger and a trip to France - with him.

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"I won a trip to Dubai. I brought my mum and sister the last time around, so this time, I will have to bring the hubby," she said.

Former model Ciara Murphy is certainly no stranger to the camera and turned heads in a Ted Baker jacket, pants from Zara and a black hat by milliner Fiona Rafter.

"I won (Best-Dressed Lady) at the Grand National at Fairyhouse last year, that was brilliant. It was my first and only time winning, but Punchestown is probably the ultimate ladies' day."

Now working as a Dublin- based garda, the 30-year-old is a huge fan of judge Roz's fashion, describing her as her "muse".

"She has incredible style," she said.

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