It's the look of the Irish as Jennifer wins Cheltenham best dressed lady
From jodhpurs and hurdles to hat pins and girdles. Action at Cheltenham veered from the race course to the stands as ladies battled it out in the Best Dressed sartorial show down.
It was another Irish victory with Leitrim-based milliner Jennifer Wrynne bagging the title and a magnum of Moet champagne.
She caught the attention of racegoers in an emerald green dress from Covet Boutique in the Powerscourt Town Centre and raspberry silk hat.
“The silk is from Thailand,” she said stroking the brim.
“I don’t know why they chose me – perhaps it was because of the colour of my dress. But it was probably luck more than anything.”
Jennifer completed her outfit with Jimmy Choo silver court shoes, a fur shrug from a Parisian boutique and a Louis Vuitton clutch.
There was a scream of delight from her mother Mary as Jennifer was handed a bouquet of roses and a magnum of Moet Champagne.
“I can’t believe I won,” she said. “I’ll celebrate by drinking this entire bottle of champagne.
“It means so much to me – hopefully it will encourage some of the Cheltenham crowd to buy my hats.”
The victorious Ms Wrynne was rewarded for her style coup with just under €3,000 of Boodles Jewellery, €2,400 of Moloh Clothing and a year’s supply of E.L.F Cosmetics.
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Other Irish ladies bringing a solid splash of style included Cassie Fleming from Enniskillen and Maria Stack from Cork.
Louise Allen from Slane, Co Meath opted for a Malene Birger coat and box hat by Carol Kinsella. “It’s nice to inject some colour into the day,” she said.
Andrea Emerson, the girlfriend of injured jockey Mark Slevin, went for a vintage dress.
“I always come over to Cheltenham,” she said. “Mark is not competing this year and that really takes the nerves away.”
It was a star-studded day – Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker Bowles ventured into the parade ring following the Queen Mother Champion Chase where she bumped into glamour model and business woman Katie Price.
The two racing enthusiasts posed for several pictures before making their way back to their respective boxes.
Munster player Paddy Butler weaved his way through the throngs and queen of racing-themed erotic novels Jilly Cooper was also spotted in the crowds.
Rugby coach Warren Gatland arrived with several members of the Welsh squad – none of whom will be taking part in their Six Nations game against Ireland this Saturday.
Jungle queen and reality TV star Nadia Forde was enjoying a day off from recording her new TV show, Chasing the Dream, to attend.
“Racing is a world I know very little about but I still backed a winner,” she said.
“I’m just happy to be here soaking up the atmosphere.”
Nadia recently posed for FHM and says the reaction to the scantily-clad shoot has been overwhelmingly positive.
“What I really love is when little girls tweet me and support me,” she said.
Nadia also said she wouldn’t rule out posing for Hugh Hefner’s Playboy magazine. “Never say never,” she said. “But I want to keep a little bit of that for myself”.
The reality TV star is busy working on her next single, Stuck, and is looking forward to TV3 screening her next reality TV show.
“The show follows my last year,” she explained.
“So viewers will see me in the jungle and going to America. They will see the highs and lows and everything in between.
“There are a couple of angry moments – people are going to see Nadia reefing a little bit. So they better prepare themselves.”
It’s been some week for three friends, Denver Morrissey, John Fitzgerald and Dessie Foley all from Patrickswell, Co Limerick.
The trio left home on Monday and travelled to Old Trafford for the Manchester United v Arsenal FA cup tie before venturing onto Cheltenham on Tuesday. Yesterday they were socialising with former soccer stars Paul Scholes and Paul Merson.
“It’s been great craic. The soccer lads aren’t great with the tips though – they’re as well off to stick to the football. We might even extend the stay to take in the rugby on Saturday,” John said.