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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Model mum Pippa judges the style stakes while Daithi struts his stuff

MODEL mum Pippa O'Connor was left doing all the work while her Ladies' Day co-judge at Listowel Races Daithi O Se enjoyed the atmosphere on home turf.

"Pippa does all the work, I'm only the eye-candy," joked O Se, who's heading to Croke Park on Sunday to watch his native Kerry in the All-Ireland football minor and senior finals.

But back at the race track they had a tough job at hand to choose a winner from the ladies who braved wet weather to look stylish at Listowel.

"We're looking for something that's 'of the day'. There's no point in being outside there in a small mini skirt, freezing and not comfortable," he said.

His co-judge didn't think the rain would have too much of an impact.

"When you're a woman looking forward to a day out and you have your outfit planned, you're going to go with the outfit you have planned and you'll put up with the rain and put up a brolly," she said.

And the best-dressed lady chosen by the judges was local woman Mary Houlihan from Listowel, who bought her two-piece black and white dress and jacket at Chic Boutique in the town, that is owned by Ladies' Day sponsor Mary O'Flaherty.

"I bought it about three months ago and I loved it because it was practical as well as elegant," the mother-of-three said.

It was Katies' Day again in Listowel when Katie O'Farrell became the third female apprentice jockey with that Christian name to ride a winner.

Katie proved her mettle in the seventh race on Snapchat, trained by Carlow trainer John Hanlon.

Her success follows in the footsteps of Katie Harrington on Tuesday and Katie Walsh the following day, who rode reserve horse Your Busy to glory in the Kerry National Hurdle Steeplechase at the Co Kerry track, the first woman to ever do so.

Some 26,712 punters braved wet weather for Ladies' Day at the Listowel Harvest Festival yesterday.

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