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The Darley Irish Oaks Weekend

The weekend features fantastic racing and style and offers racegoers the opportunity to see Europe’s top fillies compete for Classic Race Glory.

Saturday will be the ultimate Ladies day out with Europe’s top fillies including recent Epsom Oaks heroine Enable lining up against a world class field in the Darley Irish Oaks. The race day also features the Boodles Ladies Derby, the most valuable Thoroughbred race for lady riders in Europe. This year’s winning rider will be presented with a piece of exquisite Boodles jewellery to the value of €3,000, while the winning owner and trainer will be awarded a prize from the luxury jewellery house. Each jockey participating in the race will also be given a branded Boodles pen.

Last year’s race was won by jockey Helen Mooney who brought home the Adrian Keatley-trained Zeftan in first place, and she was awarded a stunning piece of Boodles jewellery following her victory.

Other races on Saturday include the Friarstown Stud Sapphire Stakes, Jebel Ali Silver Jubilee Anglesey Stakes and valuable Tote Scurry Handicap
The Boodles Most Stylish Lady competition will also be one of the highlights offering a lavish prize to the winner. One lucky lady will receive the ultimate Boodles experience with a champagne appointment at the Boodles exclusive Grafton Street store and will choose a prize up to the value of €5,000 from their fabulous collection. The winner will also enjoy a fabulous weekend stay at The Westbury.

The four runners up of the Boodles Best Dressed Lady competition will receive a prize from the Westbury Hotel and a Boodles Gift –
Style judges include Jennifer Stevens, Editor of Irish Country Magazine, and Sybil Mulcahy, editor of Evoke.

Last year’s winner of the Boodles Ladies Day Best Dressed Lady competition was local primary school teacher, Annmarie Phelan, from Newbridge, Co. Kildare.

Day 2 of the Darley Irish Oaks Weekend on Sunday features the prestigious Kilboy Estate Stakes and Qatar Airways Minstrel Stakes are the feature races while the Corinthian Challenge Charity Race in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund also takes place with riders taking place including Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, a member of the ruling family of Qatar and Jessica O’Gara, wife of rugby legend Ronan

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