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Down Royal: Style and fun amid drama at the races

Hundreds of fashionable fillies vied for best dressed prize on Ladies Day at the Down Royal Festival of Racing on Saturday.

In the end Pamela Edwards-Lynch clinched the £13,000 prize with her matching hat and dress ensemble.

However, a shadow was cast over the day after top jockey Ruby Walsh suffered a serious injury when he fell from Corrick Bridge and was taken from the track by ambulance.

He suffered a double fracture to his leg and had successful surgery on the injury yesterday.

The star jockey is recovering in Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital and is described as stable.

His sister Jennifer, who also his agent, said he was doing well after the surgery.

Walsh’s fall came after the jockey won two earlier races in the day.

He won with favourite Kauto Star in the JNWine Champion Chase and partnered The Nightingale to success in the grade Two Ladbrokes.com Chase.

The fall has ended Walsh's bid to win land a record fifth consecutive King George VI Stakes title on Kauto Star at Kempton on Boxing Day.

Bookmakers make champion jockey Tony McCoy the odds-on favourite to take the ride ahead of Barry Geraghty and Sam Thomas.

However, the Down Royal event on Saturday wasn’t all misery.

Thousands of spectators descended on Down Royal on Saturday.

Whilst some men got in touch with their feminine sides to dress up, most eyes were on the very glamorous women.

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