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How to get ahead of the fashion field at Down Royal this month

Win the style stakes and update your autumn wardrobe. Helen Carson reports

Fashionistas will be jockeying for position at this year's Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal, which takes place on October 30-31, for the Victoria Square Best Dressed Lady competition.

It is one of the highlights of the event, celebrating the very best in National Hunt Racing, at the award-winning venue, on day two of the festival.

With the weather dictating your wardrobe, the key to looking great, but keeping cosy, is layering and we've put together some of our high-street winter favourites to get you inspired.

This season's hottest trends include knee-high boots, warm berry hues and Sixties patterns, which all can be adapted to make sure style is a dead cert and will turn up the heat on race day. For a fail-safe, fantastic look, a jumpsuit or knockout dress can be teamed up with your favourite accessories to create a chic ensemble.

This year's Best Dressed Lady will be jetting off to New York for the ultimate Christmas shopping experience, including return flights to New York, three nights' accommodation in the five-star W Hotel on Lexington, and £500 to spend while they're there.

The competition is open to all ladies attending on Ladies Day on October 31, and for more information, visit

Meanwhile, we have a prize a Punter's Pack for a lucky reader and three of their friends, worth £100, up for grabs.

The fantastic prize includes admission, race card, pint, a pulled pork roll, £5 matched bet with Sean Graham or Pat O 'Hare, and access to the Paddock Marquee private bar.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer the question. Send answers on a postcard to Helen Carson, Features Department, Belfast Telegraph, 124-144 Royal Avenue, Belfast, BT1 1EB, by Friday, October 23.

Q. What record-breaking jockey who rode to victory a number of times at Down Royal retired in April this year?

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