Vegas prize raises the fashion stakes at Down Royal Magners Derby

Dressing to impress has paid off in style for Kirsty Farrell from Newry�who won the ultimate accolade of Magners Forbidden Flavours Best Dressed Lady on Magners Derby Day, the biggest and richest flat race of the season in Northern Ireland and a highlight of Down Royals Summer Festival of Racing.

Dressing to impress has paid off in style for Kirsty Farrell from Newry�who won the ultimate accolade of Magners Forbidden Flavours Best Dressed Lady on Magners Derby Day, the biggest and richest flat race of the season in Northern Ireland and a highlight of Down Royals Summer Festival of Racing.

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Five days of five star luxury in Las Vegas is on the cards for Kirsty Farrell from Newry, who won the Magners Forbidden Flavours Best Dressed Lady prize at this year’s Magners Derby at Down Royal on Saturday 18th June.

Down Royal teamed up with Magners Forbidden Flavours to offer the amazing prize as a special celebration of the 80th anniversary of biggest and richest flat race of the season in Northern Ireland. On the race track, Stellar Mass, owned by June Judd, was ridden to victory in the €100,000 Magners Derby by Kevin Manning, having been trained by his father-in-law Jim Bolger. 

Trackside, Kirsty’s head-turning elegance caused a flurry at the fixture and earned praise from the fashion judges who praised her contemporary cream, red and black outfit with statement head piece; an ensemble from Rosie’s Closet in Newry, her mum’s boutique, and hat by Millinery by Mairead.  Now Kirsty and her guest - will get to live the millionaire lifestyle for five fun-filled days … even enjoying a night time helicopter ride over Las Vegas.

Reflecting on a day of style, sociability and sport, Julia Galbraith, Magners brand manager at Tennent’s NI, said: “Always a runaway favourite with the runway fashionistas, Magners Forbidden Flavours, packed with seventeen varieties of apples with an additional bite of real fruit fusion, added a little extra sparkle to the Summer Festival of Racing at Down Royal as punters made their fashionable choice between Strawberry & Lime or Cloudy Lemon, each perfectly designed to bring innovation and excitement to fans of flavoured cider.

“On the track, the big day at Down Royal provided thrilling racing to delight a fabulous sporting crowd, with an electric atmosphere throughout while, trackside, we also saw all the fashion and flair that are synonymous with Down Royal’s über-elegant Best Dressed competition. It was a fantastic day for everyone and now we’re all looking forward to the Magners Race Evening on Friday 22nd July which promises high level sport and just as much fun, but with a distinctly relaxed Summer evening vibe about it. Roll on those lazy hazy days of summer.”

Mike Todd, manager at Down Royal Racecourse, added: “As always, we were delighted to have Magners on board as our partner for the Ulster Derby which was more memorable than ever as we celebrated the 80th anniversary of this fantastic fixture.  

“At Down Royal we’re all about creating great fun as well as great horse racing and the Magners Derby Day combines sport and sociability with unique panache. Magners has long been a strong supporter of Down Royal and, together, we have developed the Magners Derby into a recognised highlight of our flat racing season.  

“This year the Magners Forbidden Flavours Best Dressed Lady Competition proved an exciting addition, bringing a bit of extra sparkle and fun and paying tribute to the great trackside glamour which the big day has always attracted.”

For more information on this Down Royal Summer Racing visit www.downroyal.com.