With over 5,000 people in attendance at Gowran on Saturday, the racing action didn’t fail to get hearts racing, with nine individual Grade 1 winners among the entries it was always going to be a competitive days racing.
Both the RED MILLS Hurdle and the RED MILLS Chase went the way of Gold Cup winning trainer Jessica Harrington and stable jockey Robbie Power. Harrington saddled Irish Grand National winner and this year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup contender Our Duke to land the Grade 2 RED MILLS Chase in a brilliant battle against Presenting Percy to clinch victory by just a length.
In the Grade 3 RED MILLS Hurdle, Forge Meadow battled hard to get her head in front where it mattered, holding off a strong run from Identify Thief.
Off the track, Maria Stack was crowned the winner of the REDMILLSstore.ie Country Style Event at the RED MILLS Raceday at Gowran Park this afternoon. Maria was wearing a bag and hat, both of which she designed herself, and was chosen as the overall winner by a judges Kate Harrington and RED MILLS Ambassador Camilla Speirs.
Commenting on her win, Maria said: “My bag features a photograph I took early one morning in my wellies on the gallops at Cheltenham, in it, Ballycasey leads out Willie Mullins string for their morning exercise. I made the hat myself; I enjoy racing and I love to be comfortable at the races. I’d like to thank RED MILLS for bringing appropriate country racing attire back to the national hunt scene.”
On choosing the winner Kate Harrington said; “Maria epitomised the theme of the day, with a very stylish and practical outfit, accented with unique accessories and a great attention to the finer details.”
The gents scored some Gowrmajor style points for the day that was in it, with Best Dressed man Grant Dowling, choosing a dapper tweed jacket, layered with a waistcoat, and an eye-catching tie.
Style event host and fashion blogger Stuart Montgomery said:
“Both Maria and Grant were both winter racing appropriate and fit the theme of Country Chic - congratulations to them both.”
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