Punchestown ladies jump at the chance to raise style stakes
IRELAND'S premier female jockeys swapped their riding boots for high heels last night to showcase some racing style ahead of this year's Punchestown Festival.
Katie Walsh, Nina Carberry and Katie Harrington each took a turn on the catwalk in Naas.
The three sportswomen rivalled professional models Karen Fitzpatrick and Sarah McGovern on the runway while Kildare rose Katie O'Neill also joined the show.
"I've really been looking forward to it. It's nice to be wearing nice clothes for a change," said Nina, who has won the Irish Grand National.
The ladies all wore a range of stunning styles from Naas boutique Aria.
"The key trends are pastel colours, with lots of midi skits and some floral patterns. It's very French Parisian - like Kate Middleton or even before that Jackie O," said owner Karolynn Machale.
A host of well-known faces turned out at the event in the Lemongrass restaurant in the Co Kildare town.
Businessman Bill Cullen and his other half Jackie Lavin were in attendance, along with jockeys Ruby Walsh (inset) and Conor O'Dwyer.
The Punchestown Festival runs from April 28 to May 2 and there are four days of prizes for the best-dressed lady.
The overall Ladies Day winner will be presented with a €20,000 trip to South Africa.