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Time to hit the shops: A day at the races

By Staff Reporter

Make sure you're hot favourite for Down Royal's annual style competition this Saturday with our pick of summer's classiest dresses.

The countdown is on for the Down Royal Best Dressed competition this Saturday at the Magner's Ulster Derby. Of course, deciding what to wear to the races presents us with a sartorial dilemma year after year.

The dresses in your wardrobe are either inappropriately short, impractically winterish, or unfashionably in- between. So why not invest in a dress designed perfectly for a day at the races ahead of the start of the summer season at Down Royal.

The ever-popular Best Dressed Lady contest this Saturday will see ladies vying to land the title and the five-star prize that comes with it.

And it's well worth making the effort – the winner of this year's competition, in association with the Fitzwilliam Hotel, will jet off to Istanbul for four nights of pampering, including a personal tour of the city and a luxurious cruise on the Bosphorus.

With a selection of dresses from well-known local boutiques in Dungannon to Belfast's style mile on the Lisburn Road and a few high street favourites, we have selected our top dress picks for this year's race days which will ensure you stand out from the crowd as you back a winner.

So, whether you're a serial Best Dresser or are just looking for a fashionable flutter, you'll never need to wonder what to wear again.

  • For more details on this year's Down Royal Festival of Racing this Friday and Saturday, and details on how to enter Ladies' Day, visit

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