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Don't be fooled by my hats, I'm not a glam WAG – Paula

HER husband may be the toast of Cheltenham after storming to victory in yesterday's feature race, but Paula Geraghty says she is far from the glamorous WAG.

After turning on the style for Ladies' Day, the wife of champion jockey Barry Geraghty laughed off suggestions that she is the Victoria Beckham of the horseracing world.

While her hats for this week's festival were created by Fiona Rafter in Dunshaughlin, the brunette beauty does not go as far as hiring her own stylist to create her race look.

"I wish, but this is not Footballers' Wives I'm afraid," laughed Paula.

"Fiona is brilliant and makes my hats for the week, but the rest I throw together myself."

Cheltenham has a special place in the dietician's heart after her husband got down on bended knee at the festival four years ago.

But Paula is looking forward to the end of this year's gruelling race week when the pressure lessens and her sporting star hubby can relax.

The young mum is planning on letting her hair down when the biggest event on the national hunt calendar ends tomorrow.

"This time of year it's too busy because you have Fairyhouse and then you have Aintree so it's hard to go on holiday.

"But once Cheltenham is out of the way at least you can have the chance to relax."

The 29-year-old mum of two watched on proudly as husband Barry became the Irish hero of the day after winning yesterday's main race, the Queen Mother Champion Chase, on Nicky Henderson trained horse Sporting Sacre.

But the couple kept things low-key last night and will wait until this weekend before popping the champagne corks.



"I can enjoy myself but, we have to wait until we go home to celebrate properly because tomorrow is another day, you can't get too carried away," explained the Kerry native.

"Friday is usually the night that they do let their hair down and have a party for family and friends," she added.

And Paula says that she does not need to keep her husband calm, joking that Barry can be over-confident at times.

"He's very calm himself, so there's no keeping him calm. He's also very confident and sometimes cocky."

But the mum to Siofra (7) and Orla who is almost 1, admitted that she does suffer from nerves, especially with the build-up to the big race.

"You would be nervous because there is so much hype and so much talk, but it's such a good horse. You just want everything to go right so luckily it did."