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May 10, 2013

Fashion Takes Flight at the Curragh Racecourse

Etihad Airways Classic Icon in Association with Irish Tatler

Aobhin-Garrihy at the launch of the fashion cmpetition The Guineas Spring Racing Festival at the Curragh Racecourse will kick off the exciting classic season of racing at the Curragh this year when it takes place on Saturday, 25th and Sunday, 26th of May.
As always, style is top of the agenda for the ladies and this year fashion is set to ‘take flight’ as Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE and Irish Tatler will be searching for their ‘Classic Icon’, the lady they believe represents classic racing style. For the first time at this race meeting there is also a prize for the best dressed man and the guys are being encouraged to dress up for the occasion in a bid to catch the eye of the judges. 
The fashion judges include CEO of Harmonia publishing and media personality, Norah Casey, Fair City actress, Aoíbhin Garrihy and Tatler Man editor, Alexander Fitzgerald. The prize up for grabs for the best dressed lady is an amazing trip to Abu Dhabi with accommodation and return flights from the award winning Etihad Airways. The best dressed man can choose a weekend break away in any of the four family run Flynn Hotels which include The Old Ground, Ennis, The Imperial, Cork, The Newpark, Kilkenny or the Park in Dungarvan as well as 2013 membership to the Curragh Racecourse.
Ladies are encouraged to pre-register before the day at, 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 pre register for the Classic Icon competition will receive a fabulous goodie bag from Irish Tatler.
The Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas is the first Group 1 race of the year in Ireland and will be the highlight on Saturday. The €300,000 contest is established as one of the great races for 3 year old colts in Europe.  Trainer Kevin Ryan is likely to add his English 2000 Guineas runner up Glory Awaits to the race as a supplementary entry at a cost of €30,000 and is likely to renew rivalry with Van der Neer who finished third while fifth placed Cristoforo Colombo is likely to try to give trainer Aidan O’Brien his 9th success in the first Irish Classic race of the season. Fort Knox, trained on the Curragh by Tommy Carmody, who has recently been purchased by Sheikh Mohammed - Ruler of Dubai, is another contender.
The Emirates Equestrian Federation has agreed to continue with its sponsorship of the Etihad Airways Irish 1000 Guineas and His Highness The President of the UAE Cup on Sunday, the only race run in Ireland for pure bred Arabian Horses.   English 1000 Guineas second place, Just The Judge and third, Moth are expected to renew rivalry.  The Tattersalls Gold Cup also takes place on Sunday and is likely to feature a mouth watering clash between the Roger Charlton trained Al Kazeem and triple classic race winner Camelot.
Aside from top class racing and elegant fashion there will also be lots of activities in the Garden Enclosure including gourmet food, boutique festival shopping and free children’s entertainment.  Admission €20, under 25’s and seniors €10.  Children under 16 accompanied by an adult go free.  Special 3 for 2 admission offer available by booking in advance.  1st race:  Sat 25th May and Sun 26th May, 1.45pm  For more information log on to or call (045) 441205.