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Saturday 3 December 2016

It's a fair cop as Dublin based garda Ciara wins best dressed woman at Fairyhouse

Pictured is Ciara Murphy from Dunboyne who was the winner of the Carton House Most Stylish Lady at the Fairyhouse Easter Racing Festival featuring the BoyleSports Grand National.
Pictured is Ciara Murphy from Dunboyne who was the winner of the Carton House Most Stylish Lady at the Fairyhouse Easter Racing Festival featuring the BoyleSports Grand National.
Meiling Tong from Dublin pictured at the Carton House Most Stylish Lady competition at the Boylesports Irish Grand National, Fairyhouse Racecourse, Easter Monday 6th April. Picture Andres Poveda
Jennifer Wrynn guest judge at the Carton House Most Stylish Lady competition at the Boylesports Irish Grand National, Fairyhouse Racecourse, Easter Monday 6th April
Repro Free: 06/04/2015 Nickie Coffey pictured at the Carton House Most Stylish Lady competition at the Boylesports Irish Grand National, Fairyhouse Racecourse, Easter Monday 6th April. Picture Andres Poveda
Jockey Katie Walsh celebrates with her father and trainer Ted Walsh after her mount Thunder And Roses won the BoyleSports Irish Grand National Steeplechase

IT REALLY was a lady's day at Fairyhouse as Katie Walsh won the Grand National in style.

More than 16,000 punters donned their summer best and enjoyed the glorious weather to watch her romp home to victory on Thunder And Roses, which is owned by Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary.

Walsh, the sister of legendary jockey Ruby and daughter of trainer Ted, is the third female rider to ever win the race, which has a prize of €154,750.

Anna Faris won the iconic race in 1984 and Nina Carberry struck gold on Organisedconfusion in 2011.

"It was magical. This is fairytale stuff," Walsh told the Herald.

"I was here the year that Nina won it and I looked up and thought; 'I wonder what that feels like' and now I know."

READ MORE: Katie Walsh lands the BoyleSports Irish Grand National

Meanwhile, Dublin-based garda Ciara Murphy looked stunning in white and took home the title of the Carton House Best Dressed Lady and a voucher of €8,000 for the luxury hotel.

The competition was judged by model turned TV star Vogue Williams and milliner Jennifer Wrynne, who was crowned Best Dressed at Cheltenham last month.

Ciara (29) is a guard at Store Street Garda Station and revealed she was delighted to win at her local racecourse.

"I placed at Leopardstown at Christmas so I'm delighted. I'm from down the road in Dunboyne so it's really special," she said. "My top is from Miss Selfridge, I borrowed my skirt from a friend, my jacket is from Monsoon and my hat is by Fiona Rafter."

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