Hats off to Best Dressed winner Riona Corrigan from Armagh
Racing fans and Ireland’s style elite showed off their fashion credentials at Down Royal’s Best Dressed Lady competition at this year’s Summer Festival, with 29 year old Riona Corrigan scooping the prize of a luxury trip to Rome at the event, held on Magners Derby Day Saturday 20th June.
The Best Dressed competition, in association with Lexus Belfast, part of the Charles Hurst Group, was judged by Style Supremo Eve Brannon, Fashion Editor at Ulster Life Magazine & local glossy magazine IN! and one of Northern Ireland’s most fashionable men, NI Gossip Guy Neil Cole as well as Jonathon Lavery from Lexus Belfast.
Nurse Riona wowed the crowd with her Pretty Woman inspired outfit, a red off the shoulder prom style dress with vintage accessories.
As well as the coveted Best Dressed title, she wins an amazing three night five star break in Rome, the fashion capital of Italy; including £500 spending money, walking tour and a Rome by night coach tour with all the Best Dressed Finalists received a luxury goodie bag from The Tan.com.
Lexus Belfast’s Jonathon Lavery said the standard of style was exceptional, with ladies going the extra furlong for fashion.
“Lexus is the stylish and discerning choice for drivers here, so Lexus Belfast and Charles Hurst are delighted to have been part of this year’s competition, which was an amazing day out for fashionistas and fans of racing alike.
“The effort made by everyone who took part in the Best Dressed Lady competition was outstanding, making it a tough decision to choose the winner. However Riona more than demonstrated her fashion credentials and we’re delighted to crown her as this year’s Best Dressed Lady.”
The Summer Festival came as Down Royal celebrates 330 years of racing at the County Down venue, which recently underwent a multi-million pound refurbishment programme.
General Manager Mike Todd says the Summer Festival is home to the finest flat racing on offer in Northern Ireland and the Summer Festival is one of the mostly hotly anticipated events in the racing calendar.
“We had a fantastic days flat racing with Botany Bay winning the Magners Derby and Witty Repartee for local trainer Andy Oliver winning The Oaks.
“Not only is the racing first class, but the hospitality here is unrivalled with our bespoke facilities and fantastic food offering, including the popular punters pack featuring premium meat from the renowned Peter Hannan.
“This has been an outstanding two-day festival and we look forward to the rest of this season’s events, and the Magners Race Evening on July 24th.”