Aine Purcell, originally from Limerick now living in Sallins in Co. Kildare was declared the Best Dressed Lady at the Royal Ascot Trials and Ladies Day at Naas Racecourse. Aine, who teaches economics at Clane Community School was chosen by the head fashion judge, Rosanna Davison and Newbridge Silverware sponsor representative, Aileen O’Brien of O’Brien PR who was also the MC for the day. Aine won a €2,000 voucher from Newbridge Silverware which she can use to spend in the famous lifestyle store.
Rosanna Davison said, “I loved being here at Naas Racecourse today, there were such amazing colours, creativity, and personal style. There were lots of incredibly creative ladies, one lady made her crown out of seaweed which she dried and dyed silver. Yet another made her hat using parts of old garden decorations, it was really amazing to see people’s talents and creativity. We had great fun!”
But it was Aine Purcell who really stood out in the end with her ‘Marion Murphy Cooney’ powder blue dress complete with a full-length cape. Her bag was from Jennifer Moray in Kildare and milliner, Laura Hanlon who was also included in the final line up made Aine’s hat, a stunning creation made from paper and pieces of coloured cards, delicately pieced together.
The feature race, The Group 3 Goffs Lacken Stakes was won by Twilight Jet and ridden by Leigh Roche on behalf of owners, Michael Lavarone, Juilie Lavarone and Michael O’Callaghan.
Marketing Manager of Naas Racecourse Niamh Byrne said, “The quality of racing here today was spectacular, there was a lot of talent on display here on the track today with some top quality horses now in real contention for Royal Ascot. The fashion too was very nice and it’s great to see people out about again, enjoying the sunshine, sport and socialising again. We’ve had two years of limited crowds due to the pandemic and I must say, it was heartening to see people back here again at Naas.”
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