Although parading fillies are no new sight at Ballinrobe Racecourse, fillies attending the meeting on Tuesday, June 26, will be competing in the style stakes instead of the racing stakes. This year, the competition for the coveted Best Dressed Lady title will be presided over by Off The Rails presenter Brendan Courtney.
The winner of the competition stands to win a €1,000 voucher for thefashionshed.com plus a Swarovski jewellery hamper worth €1,000 and a €100 Jim Desmond Bookmaker voucher.
Prizes of €120 vouchers for Vintage Dolls Occasion Wear plus Swarovski crystal earrings worth €90 will be presented to the ten runners-up.
The members of the Ballinrobe Race Committee are delighted to welcome back last year’s sponsor, thefashionshed.com, and they expect a large and equally stylish crowd to attend next Tuesday, when the first race starts at 5.45pm.
“This is our second year sponsoring Ladies’ Day at Ballinrobe Racecourse,” said Paula Rabbitte, Managing Director of thefashionshed.com, “and we are delighted to be involved again. If the fashion last year is anything to go by, Brendan will have a tough job on his hands picking a winner on the June 26.”
Speaking to The Mayo News about the upcoming race meeting, John Flannelly, Ballinrobe Racecourse Manager, spoke highly of the competition and its entrants.
“The Ballinrobe Best Dressed Lady event has gone from strength to strength in the past number of years,” he said, adding that while it is highly competitive, it’s also ‘a bit of fun’ for those who just want to dress up.
“We were delighted when thefashionshed.com came on board last year, and the a bigger prize fund this year it is attracting lots of attention. It is also a big plus that Brendan Courtney will be launching the first round of his millinery-design competition, ‘Who Wants to be a Milliner’,” explained Flannelly.
Celebrity judge Brendan Courtney is eager to see what the west has to offer. “I’m really looking forward to going to Ballinrobe … I’m also excited to discover the millinery talent in the West of Ireland,” he said.
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