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May 09, 2012

Fashion Set to 'Take Off' at the Curragh Racecourse


Model, Pippa O’Connor and champion jockey, Pat Smullen launch The Etihad Airways Classic Icon competition in association with Irish Tatler The Abu Dhabi Irish Guineas Festival will kick off the exciting summer season of racing at the Curragh this year when it takes place on 26th and 27th May.  As always, fashion is top of the agenda for the girls and this year fashion is set to ‘take off’ as Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE and Irish Tatler will be searching for their ‘Classic Icon’.  The Etihad Airways Classic Icon competition in association with Irish Tatler will see fashion judges, Irish Tatler editor, Jessie Collins, media personality Claire Byrne and bridal designer Patrick Casey looking for their classic icon, the lady they believe represents classic racing style.  This ladies day fashion competition is the first of the flat racing season and is always a great day out for fashionistas everywhere!  The prize up for grabs for The Classic Icon is an amazing trip to Abu Dhabi with accommodation and return flights from the award winning Etihad Airways.

For those ladies who really love to make the most of putting together a great race day outfit, why not think about entering the competitions and convince friends to join you?  This year, the Curragh will encourage ladies to pre-register before the day through their new look website, however it will still be possible to register on the race days with roaming ‘Fashion Police’ who will also be inviting fashionably dressed race goers to enter the competition. The first 100 ladies who register for the Classic Icon competition will receive a fabulous goodie bag from Irish Tatler and will be invited into the Irish Tatler Style Lounge.

English 2000 Guineas third and fourth Hermival and Trumpet Major could clash in the Abu Dhabi Irish 2000 Guineas on Saturday, while other possible runners in the first Irish Group 1 Classic of the year include Power, Abtaal, Born to Sea, Top Offer, Parish Hall and Caspar Netscher.

The support programme features our top sprinters in the Weatherbys Ireland Greenlands Stakes, while the Group 3 TRI Equestrian Stakes and Emirates Equestrian Federation Marble Hill Stakes (Listed) are other notable races.  The Kildare Dublin region of the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders Association will celebrate the successes of horses bred in the region by making presentations throughout the afternoon

English 1000 Guineas Heroine Homecoming Queen is one of 48 entries in the Etihad Airways Irish 1000 Guineas on Sunday. Maybe, La Collina, Discourse, Lyric of Light, Best Terms, Cleofila and Lightning Pearl are others who may line up in the Group 1 Classic. The first three horses to finish in the Dubai World Cup could all renew rivalry in the Tattersalls Gold Cup with Monterosso, Capponi and Planteur  among the entries for the Tattersalls Gold Cup. The Group 1 contest has also attracted St Nicholas Abbey, Famous Name, Rio De La Plata and World Domination. The Airlie Stud Gallinule Stakes (Group 3) and the His Highness The President of the UAE Cup, the only race run in Ireland for pure bred Arabian Horses are other feature races.

The whole weekend of top class racing will have a distinctly Arabic flavour with many elements of Emirati life and culture being showcased in an Arabian Village, which will feature a variety of activities to promote the attractions of Abu Dhabi.   There will also be a gourmet food area in the garden enclosure, a Festival Shopping Village and free children’s entertainment on Sunday.

Admission €20, under 25s and seniors €10.  Children under 16 accompanied by an adult go free. 

Special 3 for 2 admission offer available by booking in advance. Variety of dining packages from €55.  1st race:  Sat 26th May, 1.40pm, Sun 27th May, 1.40pm. 

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