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Ladies brave May Day gales to put on the style at Down Royal

By Laura Abernethy

Published 03/05/2016

May Day Race meet at Down Royal Racecourse, Maze. Sinead Slane, Ciara Hegarty, Shauna Rafferty and Aoife Anderson pictured at the May Day Race Meeting. Presseye
May Day Race meet at Down Royal Racecourse, Maze. Sinead Slane, Ciara Hegarty, Shauna Rafferty and Aoife Anderson pictured at the May Day Race Meeting. Presseye
May Day Race Meeting at Down Royal Racecourse, Maze. Danni Hibbert pictured at the May Day Race Meeting.
May Day Race Meeting at Down Royal Racecourse, Maze. Kevin Dyas and Alanagh Hunt pictured at the May Day Race Meeting.
May Day Race Meeting at Down Royal Racecourse, Maze. Amy French, Aoife McQuillan and Cara McCann pictured at the May Day Race Meeting.
May Day Race Meeting at Down Royal Racecourse, Maze. Danni Hibbert pictured at the May Day Race Meeting.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 2nd May 2015 -ÊPicture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. May Day Race MeetingÊat Down Royal Racecourse, Maze. Ellen Woods and Caroline Woods from Armagh pictured at the May Day Race Meeting.
Ellen Woods and Caroline Woods from Armagh pictured at the May Day Race Meeting.
Amy French, Aoife McQuillan and Cara McCann pictured at the May Day Race Meeting.
May Day Race MeetingÊat Down Royal Racecourse, Maze. Racegoers pictured at the May Day Race Meeting.
May Day Race Meeting at Down Royal Racecourse, Maze. Eimear Kelly and Cliona Doherty pictured at the May Day Race Meeting.
May Day Race Meeting at Down Royal Racecourse, Maze. Eimear Kelly and Cliona Doherty pictured at the May Day Race Meeting.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 2nd May 2015 -ÊPicture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. May Day Race MeetingÊat Down Royal Racecourse, Maze. Eimear Kelly and Cliona Doherty pictured at the May Day Race Meeting.
Eimear Kelly and Cliona Doherty pictured at the May Day Race Meeting.
May Day Race Meeting at Down Royal Racecourse, Maze. Racegoers pictured at the May Day Race Meeting.
May Day Race Meeting at Down Royal Racecourse, Maze. Racegoers pictured at the May Day Race Meeting.
May Day Race Meeting at Down Royal Racecourse, Maze. Racegoers pictured at the May Day Race Meeting.
May Day Race Meeting at Down Royal Racecourse, Maze. Sasha Fraser and Anna Barron pictured at the May Day Race Meeting.
May Day Race Meeting at Down Royal Racecourse, Maze. Sasha Fraser and Anna Barron pictured at the May Day Race Meeting.
May Day Race Meeting at Down Royal Racecourse, Maze. Sasha Fraser and Anna Barron pictured at the May Day Race Meeting.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 2nd May 2015 -ÊPicture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 2nd May 2015 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
May Day Race Meeting at Down Royal Racecourse, Maze. Sinead Slane, Ciara Hegarty, Shauna Rafferty and Aoife Anderson pictured at the May Day Race Meeting.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 2nd May 2015 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
May Day Race Meeting at Down Royal Racecourse, Maze.
Eimear Kelly and Cliona Doherty

It was a case of hold onto your hat yesterday as ladies from across Northern Ireland showed off the latest trends at Down Royal.

Despite the strong winds and light showers, throngs of people packed the stands of the popular racecourse for the seven races at the annual May Day event.

While some were there for the fashion, others celebrated the start of the new racing season and the bookies were quids in as race-goers tried their luck to back a winner.

There were plenty of tight finishes, but trainer Gordon Elliott had a particularly successful day with his horses placing first in two races, second in a further two races and third in another.

The Down Royal May Day event was one of four major racing events across the UK and Ireland yesterday alongside Windsor, Bath and the Curragh.

May Day Race Meeting at Down Royal Racecourse, Maze.
May Day Race Meeting at Down Royal Racecourse, Maze.
May Day Race Meeting at Down Royal Racecourse, Maze. Danni Hibbert pictured at the May Day Race Meeting.
May Day Race Meeting at Down Royal Racecourse, Maze. Kevin Dyas and Alanagh Hunt pictured at the May Day Race Meeting.
May Day Race Meeting at Down Royal Racecourse, Maze. Amy French, Aoife McQuillan and Cara McCann pictured at the May Day Race Meeting.
May Day Race Meeting at Down Royal Racecourse, Maze. Danni Hibbert pictured at the May Day Race Meeting.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 2nd May 2015 -ÊPicture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. May Day Race MeetingÊat Down Royal Racecourse, Maze. Ellen Woods and Caroline Woods from Armagh pictured at the May Day Race Meeting.
Ellen Woods and Caroline Woods from Armagh pictured at the May Day Race Meeting.
Amy French, Aoife McQuillan and Cara McCann pictured at the May Day Race Meeting.
May Day Race MeetingÊat Down Royal Racecourse, Maze. Racegoers pictured at the May Day Race Meeting.
May Day Race Meeting at Down Royal Racecourse, Maze. Eimear Kelly and Cliona Doherty pictured at the May Day Race Meeting.
May Day Race Meeting at Down Royal Racecourse, Maze. Eimear Kelly and Cliona Doherty pictured at the May Day Race Meeting.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 2nd May 2015 -ÊPicture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. May Day Race MeetingÊat Down Royal Racecourse, Maze. Eimear Kelly and Cliona Doherty pictured at the May Day Race Meeting.
Eimear Kelly and Cliona Doherty pictured at the May Day Race Meeting.
May Day Race Meeting at Down Royal Racecourse, Maze. Racegoers pictured at the May Day Race Meeting.
May Day Race Meeting at Down Royal Racecourse, Maze. Racegoers pictured at the May Day Race Meeting.
May Day Race Meeting at Down Royal Racecourse, Maze. Racegoers pictured at the May Day Race Meeting.
May Day Race Meeting at Down Royal Racecourse, Maze. Sasha Fraser and Anna Barron pictured at the May Day Race Meeting.
May Day Race Meeting at Down Royal Racecourse, Maze. Sasha Fraser and Anna Barron pictured at the May Day Race Meeting.
May Day Race Meeting at Down Royal Racecourse, Maze. Sasha Fraser and Anna Barron pictured at the May Day Race Meeting.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 2nd May 2015 -ÊPicture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 2nd May 2015 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
May Day Race Meeting at Down Royal Racecourse, Maze. Sinead Slane, Ciara Hegarty, Shauna Rafferty and Aoife Anderson pictured at the May Day Race Meeting.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 2nd May 2015 -ÊPicture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye. May Day Race MeetingÊat Down Royal Racecourse, Maze. Sinead Slane, Ciara Hegarty, Shauna Rafferty and Aoife Anderson pictured at the May Day Race Meeting.
May Day Race meet at Down Royal Racecourse, Maze. Sinead Slane, Ciara Hegarty, Shauna Rafferty and Aoife Anderson pictured at the May Day Race Meeting. Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland 2nd May 2015 - Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

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