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Friday 9 December 2016

25,000 punters enjoy Dubai Irish Derby races in the sun

Kathleen Larkin, Annette Nolan and Danielle Nolan from Carlow at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at The Curragh
Kathleen Larkin, Annette Nolan and Danielle Nolan from Carlow at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at The Curragh
Lorraine O'Sullivan from Dooradoyle in Limerick wearing a Philip Armstrong ivory dress, handcrafted hat, bag by Lulu Guinness, Gloves from eBay, shoes by Kurt Geiger with judges Bairbre Power and Melanie Morris, Breeda McLoughlin of Dubai Duty Free, Jody Wainwright from Boodles and Amanda Byram
the Hannigan family, Gerard, Rebecca, 21 Helena, Jack, 8 and Emily, 12 from, Clondalkin enjoying a late Father's Day

More than 25,000 people attended the 150th Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh, which was bathed in sunshine all weekend.

This was up 3,000 from last year, which led racecourse manager Paul Hensey to deem the fixture "a huge success".

On the track, there was double delight for trainer Aidan O'Brien and jockey Seamie Heffernan yesterday.

Diamonds and Rubies won the Sea The Stars Pretty Polly Stakes while Bondi Beach won the Group 3 At The Races Curragh Cup.

On Saturday, Jack Hobbs turned in a brilliant performance to take the glory in the 150th Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby.

Jack Hobbs was the first English-trained winner of the Irish Derby since Commander In Chief won in 1993 and it was the first time that trainer John Gosden managed to win the race.

Meanwhile, in the style stakes former model, Lorraine O'Sullivan, from Dooradoyle, Co Limerick, won Most Stylish Lady on Saturday afternoon.

Lorraine pipped the four other finalists to the post in her mesh-style cream dress by Philip Armstrong, from the Ivory Closet boutique in Limerick, and the pillbox hat she made herself.

Her enviable prize - worth €20,000 - includes a trip to Dubai, five nights in the luxury Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, diamonds from Boodles and a stay at the Marker Hotel in Dublin.

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