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Elegant in emerald: Moy woman's homage to St Patrick a winner on Ladies Day

By Lesley Houston

Published 17/03/2016

AP McCoy’s wife Chanelle and friend
AP McCoy’s wife Chanelle and friend
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Day two of the Cheltenham Festival was a lucrative day for some lucky punters - but also a winning day in the glamour stakes for a Northern Ireland woman first past the post in the race to be crowned Best Dressed on Ladies Day.

Yvonne McAvoy, from Moy in Co Tyrone, dazzled in a gem-coloured dress topped with animal print hat and feathers, making her the true winner among an assortment of elaborately bedecked beauties more interested in the catwalk than the racetrack. On the eve of St Patrick's Day, the 41-year-old mother-of-four cut an emerald dash in a Parisian label from one of her favourite stores, The Boudoir in Dungannon, and won a Boodles diamond necklace and jackpot of other luxurious goodies worth £10,000.

Mrs McAvoy's victory was second only to the big winners of yesterday's racing, including headliner Sprinter Sacre, who completed a fairytale comeback from injury to win the Queen Champion Chase for the second time under jockey Nico De Boinville.

Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins' Yorkhill stormed through to win the Neptune Novice's Hurdle, while Nigel Twiston-Davies and his son Sam both enjoyed doubles, in the RSA Chase and Ballyandy.

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