Sunday 17 December 2017

How will I cope without my radio wife Lucy? -- Baz

RTE's Lucy Kennedy has been dubbed Baz Ashmay's 'radio wife' on their 2fm weekend radio show -- and he has admitted to the Diary he has no idea who will replace her when she has her baby in two months time. But he said she's confident she'll be back sooner rather than later.

"She's not gone for that long -- she jokes how she'll be back in two or three weeks but I think she'll still be heavily on medication then. We'll get someone else to fill in, I don't know who yet -- it's either that or we'll do the show live from the Coombe!" he said.

"I'll miss her when she she's gone. We're having a ball at the moment, it's fun. She goes mid-April and she's big, she has a huge belly so it's the three of us in the studio.

The former How Low Can You Go presenter was enjoying all the fun at the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown over the weekend.

He was at a table hosted by celebrity agent Noel Kelly but admitted he had reservations about heading to the races. "I'm doing okay, I'm winning but I'm not generally lucky. I haven't had luck in a year so coming to the races was a big gamble," he joked.

Other attendees at Noel's table included RTE's Claire Byrne as well as TV presenter Jenny Buckley with hubbie Garrett McClean.

Looking super-svelte in a black ensemble, despite having her first baby just eight weeks ago, she revealed the secret to her snapping back into shape.

"It's from all the walking I've been doing around Howth. It's the best way, just grab the baby and the buggy and off you go," she said. Cutting a dash in a navy blue dress and coat was TV3's Sybil Mulcahy, who still has seven weeks to go before the welcomes in baby No 3.

She's due to go on maternity leave at the end of March and said it was great to enjoy a day out with pals before her new arrival.

Also in the Pavillion area was HRI's Tamso Doyle, who was hosting a table of jockeys wives and girlfriends.

Among them were Barry Geraghty's other half Paula as well as Aine Casey. There were huge screams of delight from Gillian Walsh after her other half Ruby scored a win in the Hennessy Gold Cup aboard the Willie Mullins-trained Quel Esprit.

There was also a big win in the fashion stakes, given the €7,000 prize up for grabs for the Best Dressed Lady competition. It was judged this year by fashion commentator Godfrey Deeny, the Design Centre's Ashling Kilduff and Caroline Sleiman from Moet Hennessy.

In the end, the lady first past the post was Mullingar native, sales assistant Margaret Connolly (23). Wearing a vintage cream and fur ensemble, she explained how she bought the vintage hat and the coat from ebay.

She put the whole cost of the outfit at €500 -- and revealed she had form in style competitions.

"I actually won the contest before at the Curragh about three years ago so I'm absolutely thrilled," she said.

Also spotted enjoying a flutter was comedian Barry Murphy from Apres Match fame, who had played the part of his German alter-ego Gunter at the IFTAs on Saturday night. He admitted how he has "no idea" what time he got home after the glitzy bash.

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