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Ladies' Day brings glitz and glamour to Downpatrick Racecourse

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th August 2018 Claudia Gorska from Magherafelt pictured at the Downpatrick Racecourse Ladies Day. Photo by Declan Roughan / Press Eye.

Some of Northern Ireland's most stylish racegoers brought a touch of elegance and sparkle to Ladies' Day at Downpatrick yesterday.

Ten race days are held every year at the Co Down course, and Ladies' Day is always a highlight of the Downpatrick course programme.

Fashion-conscious race fans from all over Ireland - both male and female - competed to win a range of honours.

They included Most Appropriately Dressed Lady, Most Stylish Hat & Accessories and Best Dressed Gentleman.

The first Downpatrick race meeting was originally held more than 300 years ago, in 1685, and races have been taking place on the present course for more than 200 years.

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th August 2018 Lucy Stewart from Bangor pictured at the Downpatrick Racecourse Ladies Day. Photo by Declan Roughan / Press Eye.

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th August 2018 Claudia Gorska from Magherafelt pictured at the Downpatrick Racecourse Ladies Day. Photo by Declan Roughan / Press Eye.
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th August 2018 Emma Nicolson pictured at the Downpatrick Racecourse Ladies Day. Photo by Declan Roughan / Press Eye.
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th August 2018 (L-R) Anna Bengtsson from Newtownabbey pictured at the Downpatrick Racecourse Ladies Day. Photo by Declan Roughan / Press Eye.
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th August 2018 Fiona Mc Goran from Belfast pictured at the Downpatrick Racecourse Ladies Day. Photo by Declan Roughan / Press Eye.
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(L-R) Anna Bengtsson from Newtownabbey, Emma Nicolson from Newcastle and Erin Campbell from Carrickfergus pictured at the Downpatrick Racecourse Ladies Day. Photo by Declan Roughan/Press Eye.
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th August 2018 Courtney Ward, winner of the AJC Group Winner Alright Ladies Upstyle Hair Competition at the Downpatrick Racecourse Ladies Day. The prize included a trip with flights for two to Nice for a 3 night stay in Le Negresco Hotel on the Promenade des Anglais. With Courtney is (L-R) Vicky Clarke, AJC and Catherine Walker Miss NI. Photo by Declan Roughan / Press Eye.
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th August 2018 Courtney Ward, winner of the AJC Group Winner Alright Ladies Upstyle Hair Competition at the Downpatrick Racecourse Ladies Day. The prize included a trip with flights for two to Nice for a 3 night stay in Le Negresco Hotel on the Promenade des Anglais. Photo by Declan Roughan / Press Eye.
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Press Eye - Downpatrick Racecourse - Bank Holiday Monday Ladies Day Raceday - 27th August 2018 Race 1: The Mash Direct Maiden Hurdle Winner: Mark Walsh on board Paris Texas Mick Molly accepts the winners presentation from Tracy Hamilton of Mash Direct
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Press Eye - Downpatrick Racecourse - Bank Holiday Monday Ladies Day Raceday - 27th August 2018 Race 1: The Mash Direct Maiden Hurdle Winner: Mark Walsh on board Paris Texas
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Press Eye - Downpatrick Racecourse - Bank Holiday Monday Ladies Day Raceday - 27th August 2018 Race 1: The Mash Direct Maiden Hurdle Russell on board Silver Star (4)
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th August 2018 Kerry Fisher from Downpatrick pictured at the Downpatrick Racecourse Ladies Day. Photo by Declan Roughan / Press Eye.
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th August 2018 Kiera Turley from Downpatrick pictured at the Downpatrick Racecourse Ladies Day. Photo by Declan Roughan / Press Eye.
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th August 2018 (L-R) Kiera Turley from Downpatrick, Angela O'Rourke from Banbridge and Kerry Fisher from Downpatrick pictured at the Downpatrick Racecourse Ladies Day. Photo by Declan Roughan / Press Eye.
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th August 2018 Erin Campbell from Carrickfergus pictured at the Downpatrick Racecourse Ladies Day. Photo by Declan Roughan / Press Eye.
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th August 2018 (L-R) Nicola Montgomery from Ballymena, Lucy Stewart from Bangor, Nicola Montgomery from Ballymena and Emma Young pictured at the Downpatrick Racecourse Ladies Day. Photo by Declan Roughan / Press Eye.
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th August 2018 (L-R) Fiona Mc Goran from Belfast and Claudia Gorska from Magherafelt pictured at the Downpatrick Racecourse Ladies Day. Photo by Declan Roughan / Press Eye.
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th August 2018 (L-R) Kiera Turley from Downpatrick, Angela O'Rourke from Banbridge and Kerry Fisher from Downpatrick pictured at the Downpatrick Racecourse Ladies Day. Photo by Declan Roughan / Press Eye.
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th August 2018 (L-R) Anna Bengtsson from Newtownabbey, Emma Nicolson from Newcastle and Erin Campbell from Carrickfergus pictured at the Downpatrick Racecourse Ladies Day. Photo by Declan Roughan / Press Eye.
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th August 2018 Jane Kearney from Castlewellan pictured at the Downpatrick Racecourse Ladies Day. Photo by Declan Roughan / Press Eye.
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th August 2018 Laura McGarry from Castlewellan pictured at the Downpatrick Racecourse Ladies Day. Photo by Declan Roughan / Press Eye.
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 27th August 2018 Lucy Stewart from Bangor pictured at the Downpatrick Racecourse Ladies Day. Photo by Declan Roughan / Press Eye.