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Enjoying a day out at Down Royal Racecourse - Jemma Murphy,   Martha Gilheaney and Jessica Adamson

Enjoying a day out at Down Royal Racecourse - Jemma Murphy, Martha Gilheaney and Jessica Adamson

Down Royal Racecourse. Thomas Gillan with Anita, Michele and Ciara McCourt

Down Royal Racecourse. Thomas Gillan with Anita, Michele and Ciara McCourt

Darren Kidd

Enjoying a day out at Down Royal Racecourse -  Mike Todd

Enjoying a day out at Down Royal Racecourse - Mike Todd

Darren Kidd

Enjoying a day out at Down Royal Racecourse -  Tayto director Anne Hutchinson-Kane with owner trainer of Kyoto Summit ,Maura McGuinness

Enjoying a day out at Down Royal Racecourse - Tayto director Anne Hutchinson-Kane with owner trainer of Kyoto Summit ,Maura McGuinness

Darren Kidd

Enjoying a day out at Down Royal Racecourse -  Brett McCrum and Dwayne Jenkins

Enjoying a day out at Down Royal Racecourse - Brett McCrum and Dwayne Jenkins

Darren Kidd

Enjoying a day out at Down Royal Racecourse

Enjoying a day out at Down Royal Racecourse

Darren Kidd

Enjoying a day out at Down Royal Racecourse  - Justine Simpson and John Worboyes

Enjoying a day out at Down Royal Racecourse - Justine Simpson and John Worboyes

Darren Kidd

Enjoying a day out at Down Royal Racecourse  - Reah Magee and Christine Newton, from Ballyclaire

Enjoying a day out at Down Royal Racecourse - Reah Magee and Christine Newton, from Ballyclaire

Enjoying a day out at Down Royal Racecourse  - Shelly Boyle and Victoria Halliday from Ballyclare

Enjoying a day out at Down Royal Racecourse - Shelly Boyle and Victoria Halliday from Ballyclare

Press Eye LtdSaturday 6th November 2010Down Royal Festival of Races06/11/10At The Down Royal Festival of RacingSec of State Own Patterson

Press Eye LtdSaturday 6th November 2010Down Royal Festival of Races06/11/10At The Down Royal Festival of RacingSec of State Own Patterson

Enjoying a day out at Down Royal Racecourse - Nichola Allen and Cliona McCotter

Enjoying a day out at Down Royal Racecourse - Nichola Allen and Cliona McCotter

Enjoying a day out at Down Royal Racecourse - Roisin Hunt , Noreen Feeny and Catheryn Feeny

Enjoying a day out at Down Royal Racecourse - Roisin Hunt , Noreen Feeny and Catheryn Feeny

Enjoying a day out at Down Royal Racecourse -  Emma Brennan, Ciaran Sheehan and Joanne Crawford

Enjoying a day out at Down Royal Racecourse - Emma Brennan, Ciaran Sheehan and Joanne Crawford

Enjoying a day out at Down Royal Racecourse -  Mandy Lucas and her daughter Gemma Lucas from North Belfast

Enjoying a day out at Down Royal Racecourse - Mandy Lucas and her daughter Gemma Lucas from North Belfast

Enjoying a day out at Down Royal Racecourse -  Veronica Walsh from Navan, Connor McGary from Eivhilin  and Mhil Fhearrahigh from Kildare

Enjoying a day out at Down Royal Racecourse - Veronica Walsh from Navan, Connor McGary from Eivhilin and Mhil Fhearrahigh from Kildare

Enjoying a day out at Down Royal Racecourse -  Jill Davidson,  Kirsten McDonnald and Rachel Ferris from Greenisland.

Enjoying a day out at Down Royal Racecourse - Jill Davidson, Kirsten McDonnald and Rachel Ferris from Greenisland.

Press Eye LtdSaturday 6th November 2010Down Royal Festival of Races06/11/10At The Down Royal Festival of Racing

Press Eye LtdSaturday 6th November 2010Down Royal Festival of Races06/11/10At The Down Royal Festival of Racing

06/11/10 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Northern Ireland Festival of Racing - Day 2 at Down Royal Racecourse.

06/11/10 Mandatory Credit Darren Kidd/Presseye.com Northern Ireland Festival of Racing - Day 2 at Down Royal Racecourse.

Darren Kidd

Darren Kidd

Lesley May from Business Month and  Denise Falls from Queen's University Management School

Lesley May from Business Month and Denise Falls from Queen's University Management School

Mark Pearce

Reah Magee, Christine Newton from Ballyclaire

Reah Magee, Christine Newton from Ballyclaire

Grainne McGarvey pictured at the Down Royal Races

Grainne McGarvey pictured at the Down Royal Races

Jill Davidson, Kirsten McDonnald, Rachel Ferris from Greenisland

Jill Davidson, Kirsten McDonnald, Rachel Ferris from Greenisland

Christine Mackin from Newtownhamilton and Paula Kelly  from Armagh

Christine Mackin from Newtownhamilton and Paula Kelly from Armagh

Mark Pearce

Jemma Murphy Down Rose Martha Gilheaney Leithrim RoseJ essica Adamson Carlow Rose

Jemma Murphy Down Rose Martha Gilheaney Leithrim RoseJ essica Adamson Carlow Rose

Jessica Adamson Carlow Rose Martha Gilheaney Leithrim Rose Roisin Hunt The San Fransisco Rose Niamh Shirlock the Dublin RoseJ emma Murphy Down Rose Noreen Feeny The Sunderland Rose

Jessica Adamson Carlow Rose Martha Gilheaney Leithrim Rose Roisin Hunt The San Fransisco Rose Niamh Shirlock the Dublin RoseJ emma Murphy Down Rose Noreen Feeny The Sunderland Rose

Enjoying a day out at Down Royal Racecourse - Jemma Murphy, Martha Gilheaney and Jessica Adamson

Hundreds of fashionable fillies vied for best dressed prize on Ladies Day at the Down Royal Festival of Racing on Saturday.

In the end Pamela Edwards-Lynch clinched the £13,000 prize with her matching hat and dress ensemble.

However, a shadow was cast over the day after top jockey Ruby Walsh suffered a serious injury when he fell from Corrick Bridge and was taken from the track by ambulance.

He suffered a double fracture to his leg and had successful surgery on the injury yesterday.

The star jockey is recovering in Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital and is described as stable.

His sister Jennifer, who also his agent, said he was doing well after the surgery.

Walsh’s fall came after the jockey won two earlier races in the day.

He won with favourite Kauto Star in the JNWine Champion Chase and partnered The Nightingale to success in the grade Two Ladbrokes.com Chase.

The fall has ended Walsh's bid to win land a record fifth consecutive King George VI Stakes title on Kauto Star at Kempton on Boxing Day.

Bookmakers make champion jockey Tony McCoy the odds-on favourite to take the ride ahead of Barry Geraghty and Sam Thomas.

However, the Down Royal event on Saturday wasn’t all misery.

Thousands of spectators descended on Down Royal on Saturday.

Whilst some men got in touch with their feminine sides to dress up, most eyes were on the very glamorous women.

Belfast Telegraph