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NI Festival of Racing at Down Royal

By Gary Grattan

Record-breaking crowds converged on Down Royal Racecourse at the weekend for the Northern Ireland Festival of racing.

Mike Todd, Manager of the course, said: "I have to admit, we had a super crowd yesterday (Friday) and a totally record crowd today. We actually had to ask the neighbouring golf club if we could park cars in their car park, and that's the first time that has happened.

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"Of course everyone has here to see Kauto Star, but we had another fabulous result in The Nightingale with another Paul Nicholls-trained horse winning at Down Royal - so that is a double for the English champion trainer."

And Mike was full of praise for the effort women made for the traditional 'Best Dressed Competition'.

"The style here is fabulous and thank goodness ladies have dressed appropriately. There's an old saying that if you wear it to the nightclub you shouldn't wear it to the races - and the way the temperature has been, that would be a good idea.

"But there are some very elegant girls about and they look lovely. We're delighted to have them at Down Royal," he added.

In the end it was Pamela Edwards-Lynch who came first in the JNwine.com Ladies Day, and she was the big winner on the day - landing seven-night luxury safari trip to Zambia courtesy of Mahlatini African Travel Ltd (www.mahlatini.com).





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