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Sunday 20 August 2017

Stylish ladies out in force for day three of Galway festival

Chanelle McCoy looked pretty in pink at the Galway Races
Chanelle McCoy looked pretty in pink at the Galway Races
Michelle Kelly with daughter Layla (3)
Gabrielle Dunne
Sheltering are (from left) Tara McLoughlin, Clodagh Lawlor, Laoibhse O’Malley, Jennifer Greene and Becky Cleary
The Mahon family – Clodagh, Caitlin (2) and Trevor

The going was good for Chanelle McCoy as she set the standards in the style stakes ahead of Galway's Ladies' Day today.

The glamorous other half of retired racing legend AP McCoy hit the ground running when it came to cutting a dash on day three of the annual racing festival.

The businesswoman, who chose a Martha Lynn hat and a Roksanda dress, revealed how she hopes to return to RTE's Dragons' Den for a second season.

"I had a bit of a chat with them last week. It's really nice. They expressed an interest in me coming back as I really enjoyed the whole experience last season," she told the Herald.

"It was very exciting to see the future entrepreneurs coming through - the future of Ireland's industry. I enjoyed it so much that I said I would potentially be interested in coming back."

The RTE star was there with AP, who came over earlier in the week to stay with racehorse owner JP McManus in Limerick.

She was joined by her mum Mary and her friends from Loughrea as she enjoyed a night away with the kids.

Following suit was professional golfer and 2009 Irish Open champion Shane Lowry, who attended with his glamorous wife Wendy and said they were spending their first night away from their five-month-old baby girl Iris.

He said that it was six years since he was last down in Ballybrit and he hoped to pick a winner from the race-card.

"I had the week off so we just decided to come down. It's our first night away from the baby together," he said.

"I have the PGA Championship next week and hopefully the FedEx Cup after that so hopefully I will be in America for another two months."

It was another busy day in Galway as the annual festival reached the mid-way mark, with an estimated 30,000 people expected to attend today.

The guest of honour on day three was President Michael D Higgins, who was in typically jovial form as he mingled with racing fans.

Runner

"I think that the Galway Races are a hugely important part of the culture, not just for the West of Ireland but it has a huge international attendance as well," he said.

He presented the winning trophy in the Galway Plate, which went to the heavily-backed Balko Des Flos, owned by Michael O'Leary.

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