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Sandra Mallon

Stunning outfit bags Leitrim woman Best Dressed Award at Punchestown

This is the thousand euro dress that scooped Best Dressed at the Punchestown Racing Festival.

Leitrim native Nomi Brennan stole the show yesterday at the Bollinger Best Dressed Competition.

The 32-year-old wowed judges in a stunning satin pink dress by Kim’s Vargas, wearing a headpiece by Wendy Louise Designs.

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Nomi, who is originally from Mongolia, wore a cream jacket with wool cashmere mix by Anine Bing. Her shoes were by Dutch brand Wanderer and her YSL bag was borrowed from her mother.

Speaking after her win Nomi said she was "speechless".

She told us: "We came to the races on a staff day out. We work in fashion. We work for Fabiani boutique in Longford.

"I’ve never taken part in Best Dressed before. We just come to the races."

Speaking about her dress, she said: "As soon as I saw this dress, I knew this was my dress.

"I adore it. The colour, the volume. It’s from the shop. We stock premium labels from all over the world."

Nomi wins a trip of a lifetime for two to the home of Bollinger.

The prize includes flights to Paris, five star hotel, Michelin star dining, a private chauffeur and an exclusive champagne Bollinger experience, including a private tour of the vineyard and gardens as well as an overnight stay in the champagne city in Reims.

Nomi also wins a one-year supply of Bollinger.

Speaking about her huge prize win of a year's supply of Bollinger Champagne, she said: "We’ll be drinking champagne every morning. I don’t know what to say. I’m stunned. I’m speechless. I’m so nervous as well.

"I’m shaking," she added.

More than 35,000 race goers attended Fridays Punchestown Racing Festival.

Earlier in the day, a couple Mona and Michael Masterson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in style as their horse Kilcruit took home the win in the EMS Copiers Novice Handicap Chase and landed its owners €59,000 in prize money.

The short-priced eight-year-old outclassed the field in the second race of the day to power home and beat second-placed Jody Ted with ease by 15 lengths.

Michael and Mona Masterson said: "Special moment yeah, especially here at Punchestown," Michael told RTE, with Mona proclaiming that she was "so happy" to get the win.

"It's the genius of the man Willie Mullins. Of all the races we've had this year, only two we didn't get in. It's great isn't it? A winner at Punchestown."

"And I've stuck with her for 50 years and that's some doing," Michael added, laughing.

Elsewhere, it was a one-two for Willie Mullins as he and jockey Paul Townend made it a double for the day after State Man farmed his fourth Grade 1 of the campaign with a pillar-to-post victory in the Paddy Power Champion Hurdle, bouncing back from his first defeat of the year behind Constitution Hill at Cheltenham to score by three lengths from his younger stablemate Vauban.

The Marie Donnelly-owned six-year-old jumped well until the last but had more than enough in the tank to pick up once more and register a second success at the festival, having scored in novice company 12 months ago.

It was a 13th winner of the meeting so far for Mullins but trainer Lorna Fowler was sure to be very proud too, her decision to pitch Colonel Mustard into elite level, just six days after finishing second in the Scottish Champion Hurdle at Ayr, justified with a fantastic third-place finish yielding €30,000.

"He’s been beating these horses all year and thankfully he was able to do it again today," said Townend.

"As I said when I made it in Leopardstown (in the Irish Champion Hurdle in February), I thought he’d be better with a lead and it was probably the same here but he just looks to be the best of that bunch.

"I thought Vauban was improving at home. I actually sat on him during the week just to see. They’ve been coming along together all year and I was probably as hard on this horse today as I have been all year so I think they are improving together.

"Since the novice race here last year, every time he’s entered, I bring myself back to thinking of the feel I was getting up the side when I missed the hurdle, that I was able to leave them off and pick them up when I wanted. I like going back to that to keep the faith in him. He just ran into a superstar in Cheltenham."


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