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Friday 9 December 2016

No Satisfaction for Ronnie at the races but it's a great day for Kay

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Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood is pictured cheering on his horse Sandymount Duke in the final race of Day 3 at the Punchestown Racing Festival with his girlfriend Sally.
Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood is pictured cheering on his horse Sandymount Duke in the final race of Day 3 at the Punchestown Racing Festival with his girlfriend Sally.
Rozanna Purcell and Andrea Roche judge Day 3 of the Gold Fever Best Dressed Lady at the opening of The Punchestown Festival.
Ciara Murphy Dunboyne at the Third day of the Punchestown Festival
Kay O'Connor deom Tipperary, winner of Day 3 Gold Fever Best Dressed at the Third day of the Punchestown Festival
Jennifer Brown at the third day of the Punchestown Festival
Elaine Cass at the Third day of the Punchestown Festival
Ros Purcell (judge) Kay O'Connor from Tipperary, winner of Day 3 Gold Fever Best Dressed Andrea Roche and Caitriona Hanley (Judges) at the Third day of the Punchestown Festival
Emma Hanratty from Crossmaglen pictured at day 3 of the Gold Fever Best Dressed Lady Competition at the opening of The Punchestown Festival.
Ronnie Wood in Punchestown
Roz Purcell judge og the Gold Fever Best Dressed Lady is pictured with today's winner Kay O'Connor from Dublin at the Day three of the Punchestown Festival.

ROLLING Stones legend Ronnie Wood got no Satisfaction at Punchestown when his horse came fourth in the INH Flat Race.

The rocker joked that he knew some "Wild Horses" in his time but had high hopes for Sandymount Duke.

"He was the mutt of the pack but I knew he had it in him. I've known a few Wild Horses in my time," he told the Herald.

"This one is the only one that I have been training. I don't get to come to Ireland as often as I like. I am still writing music and am going to LA to start rehearsing on Tuesday so have run over here quickly and will head back to pack.

Rival

"Every single Irish person seems to love me. I think I have spoken to every person on the course today, I love that."

The sun was beaming on the third day of the Punchestown festival for the key Ladbrokes World Series Hurdle when Jezki beat his old rival Hurricane Fly.

Jezki's trainer Sinead Harrington said it was "special" to win on home ground, especially as it was both horse's first three-mile race.

"He jumped brilliantly and it looked like three miles didn't seem to be any problem to him.

"Today was really great, he's an amazing horse for me to have," she said.

"It's nice to beat Hurricane Fly but when you think of all the Grade Ones he's won, he's such a marvellous horse," said winning owner JP McManus.

Elsewhere, former model Kay O'Connor, won out in the style stakes. "I don't usually do this sort of thing but I had a glass of wine and that gave me a confidence boost," she said.

The Tipperary native's winning outfit was a mix of high street and designer as her suit was from Zara, her top was by Red Valentino and her trilby hat was from Reiss.

Model agent Andrea Roche, former Miss Universe Ireland Roz Purcell and designer Catriona Hanly had the tough decision of choosing yesterday's Gold Fever Best Dressed Lady.

Roz (24) said she chose Kay because she stood out in the stylish racing crowd.

"She just looked really classy. Out of everyone, I think she looked very trendy but comfortable, which is also really important," she said.

The final of the Best Dressed Lady competition takes place today.

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