The annual Red Mills Race Day at Gowran Park racecourse in Kilkenny

Best Dressed Lady Sarah Cass from Castlekelly in blue pictured with Best dressed gent Bill Comerford and runners up Niamh Madden from Mooncoin and Sandra Hansen from Berlin at the annual Red Mills Race Day at Gowran Park.

All photos by Kieran Harnett

Sarah Cass from Castlekelly was crowned Best Dressed Lady at the Red Mills Race Day at Gowran Park this Saturday. Guest judge, presenter and nutritional coach, Nathalie Lennon had a tough job choosing from all of the stylish entries, and Sarah beat off the competition to win the top prize of a luxurious stay for two including dinner at nearby resort Mount Juliet Estate.

Wearing an electric blue coat from Shrimp London which was a Christmas gift from her mother, a velvet dress from Serendipity boutique in Kilkenny, satin shoes from Arnotts, and a hat from Marc Millenery, Sarah impressed both Nathalie and fellow judge, stylist Marietta Doran with her stunning choice of colour and fabric textures, with a unique mix of velvet, wool, fur, satin and a touch of bling.

Racegoers turned out in their droves to enjoy fashion shows and shopping in the Style Quarter, as well as the impressive line up of premium grade national hunt racing at the Kilkenny racecourse.

Runner up Sandra Hansen from Berlin is a fashion designer whose dress she designed herself was inspired by Grace O’Malley, featuring a print of the Galway coast. Her first time at the races, Sandra was over the moon to come second in the hotly contested competirion. Second runner up Niamh Madden from Mooncoin was the epitomy of comfort and style in her camel ensemble, and was delighted to take third place having come to Gowran as a treat for her boyfriends birthday. Both ladies won handbags from British label Fairfax & Favor, available exclusively from Red Mills in Kilkenny.

Best dressed gent Bill Comerford is an avid racegoer, originally from Kells in Kilkenny, was shocked and over the moon to have won, in a three piece suit from Daverins of Cashel and a fedora which he added last minute, winning him a voucher for local hotel the Lord Bagenal.

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