A CAPACITY crowd, with the gate generously sponsored by Connally’s Red Mills, meant a great day out at Gowran Park last Saturday.

Competition and style were in evidence on the track but there was another hotly contested race in the enclosures - in the fashion stakes.

Irish fashion stylist and presenter Marietta Doran joined forces with weatherman Deric Hartigan to name the triumphant winner.

First past the post and named best dressed lady was Megan Conlon from Thomastown in Kilkenny.


She was crowned the winner for her Chanel-inspired look which included a maroon and pink houndstooth skirt suit styled with a polo neck cream top. Her blazer had an extra chic twist, displaying a frayed hem.

Megan teamed her suit with a selection of maroon accessories from her leather bag to her suede knee-high boots.

Megan can look forward to enjoying the top prize of a stay at Manor House at Mount Juliet Estate which also includes a meal at the Michelin starred Lady Helen restaurant and more.


Another contestsnt, Martina Walsh from Carrick-on-Suir, dazzled in emerald green. Her choice was a long-sleeved column dress worn with a green coat with feathered cuffs and a feathered headband.

She finished off the look with a green quilted clutch and smart black platform heels and was awarded a runner-up prize for her sophisticated outfit.

Country chic

Virginia and Chris Phelan from Waterford also took home a runner-up prize with joint ensembles of classic country chic.

Virginia sported a rustic skirt suit with a brown bag, heels and gloves, topped off by a smashing yellow headpiece including two pheasant feathers.

Chris was the ideal escort dressed in a light brown check suit with a yellow shirt and tie. He completed his look with a tan-coloured hat, gloves and brogues.

Good to see that racegoers haven’t lost their sense of style over the last two years.