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Downpatrick: Hat's off to ladies at Grand day of racing

By Nevin Farrell

A fashion competition at a Northern Ireland racecourse yesterday was dedicated to champion jockey Tony McCoy.

The Moneyglass man was not racing in Downpatrick yesterday but the crowds were out in force, including his sister Roisin Shivers.

The warm spring sunshine made it a great day and there was drama in the big race which was a photo-finish.

And a ladies' hat competition - entitled 'Hat's off to Tony McCoy' - also gave the judges plenty to think about. The ladies' best Dressed competition was won by Elaine Dickson.

The Toals Bookmakers Ulster Grand National produced a thriller with a photo needed to decide the winner.

The Gordon Elliott-trained Riverside City - owned by JP McManus - was declared the winner, beating the locally trained Man With Van.

Two local runners - Heavenly Brook and Keep On Track - took the field along and were at the head of affairs for most of race while the winner still had five horses in front of him going to the last but on the uphill climb as the others stopped it was the first pair that battled to the line.

Elliott, the winning trainer, said: "I wasn't sure about the trip but Davy (Condon) gave him a lovely ride.

"He jumped a bit left over the last two fences. I' m delighted."

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