Ladies bring the style to Downpatrick races
Some of Northern Ireland's most stylish racegoers brought a touch of elegance and sparkle to Ladies' Day at Downpatrick yesterday.
More than 3,500 people headed to the historic Ballydugan course to study the form - as well as to have a flutter on one of the seven races being held on the one mile and three furlongs track.
The first Downpatrick race meeting was originally held more than 300 years ago, in 1685, and races have been taking place on the present course for more than 200 years.
Ten race days are held every year at the Co Down course, and Ladies' Day is always a highlight of the Downpatrick course programme.
Fashion-conscious race fans from all over Ireland - both male and female - competed to win a range of honours.
They included Most Appropriately Dressed Lady, Best Dressed Gentleman, wearer of the Most Stylish Hat and Accessories, and the Winner Alright Ladies Upstyle Hair Competition.