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Winning trainer Ado McGuinness speaks about Military Hill after his victory at Ballinrobe on Monday

From North County Dublin to Ballinrobe is a fair trek, but it is not one that trainer Ado McGuinness is unfamiliar with and he struck in the opening Tote Claiming Race at the Mayo venue on Monday night with the Sean Gallagher-owned Military Hill.
The son of Majestic Missile does not win very often and rider Shane Foley had to be at his strongest to persuade him to win, but in the end he just got his head in front where it mattered as he accounted for Fox Dream by half-a-length.
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Galway Girl Wins Best Dressed Lady at Ballinrobe Racecourse

At Ballinrobe Races, winner of The Best Dredded Lady at Ladies Day was Colleen Brady from Mincloon, Galway.
Pic:Trish Forde.

Colleen Brady, an Accounts Assistant from Mincloon in county Galway was the clear winner at the Best Dressed Ladies Day at Ballinrobe Racecourse on Tuesday, June 26. Colleen collected the top prize of €1,500 cash and each of the nine runners-up received a goody bag to the value of €130.


Colleen wore a white off the shoulder trouser suit from Asos, her headpiece was by Galway-based milliner Edel Ramberg. Colleen’s shoes were from Zara and her handbag was from Glitzy Blitz.


Colleen Brady said: “I love fashion and taking part in ladies days so it’s amazing to win here tonight. It’s my fourth time to come to Ballinrobe Best Dressed Lady race day and the weather and atmosphere is always brilliant. I was not expecting to be picked, I actually thought it was someone else, so I got such a shock when Marietta Doran called out my name. I am absolutely delighted.”

At Ballinrobe Races winner of The Best Dressed Lady competition was Colleen Brady(second from right), from Mincloon, Galway, pictured here with Marietta Doran(Judge) and Sponsors Ailish and Mary Vaughan of Vaughan Shoes. Pic :Trish Forde.

Ailish Vaughan of Vaughan Shoes said: “Sponsoring ladies day at Ballinrobe Racecourse is the perfect fit for us. Once again, we were overwhelmed with the turnout – it was brilliant to see all the ladies who made such an effort to dress-up and come to Ballinrobe this evening. Congratulations to Colleen and all the finalists –

they looked fantastic.”


Judge, Marietta Doran, TV Fashion Stylist and Event MC, remarked: the ladies day at Ballinrobe goes from strength to strength each year. I’d like to applaud Colleen, the finalist and all the ladies – the style was outstanding again this year. I hope everyone enjoyed their evening as much as I did.”



John Flannelly, Ballinrobe Racecourse Manager said: “The Ladies Day is one of our most popular race meetings of our season. We thank them for their continued sponsorship – it’s a great partnership for Ballinrobe. We were overwhelmed by the turnout, I hope everyone had a great night.”


At Ballinrobe Races, Finalists in the Best Dressed Lady at Ladies Day were:Left to right:Michela Manning (Ballinasloe), Karina Hynes(Sligo), Gemma McDonagh(Headford), Caroline Hennigan (Ballinrobe), Nicola Kelly (Roscommon), Winner was Colleen Brady(Mincloon, Galway), Fiona Coleman(Shrule), Lisa Griffin (Ballaghadereen), Ashling Hanley(Headford), Katie Duffy (Kilmovee). Pic:Trish Forde.

€1,500 cash prize for Best Dressed Lady at Ballinrobe

Details have been announced for the Best Dressed Lady Competition at Ballinrobe Racecourse on Tuesday 26th June, the Ladies Day.  TV fashion stylist, broadcaster and personal shopper, Marietta Doran will be guest judge, with the lucky winner scooping a fantastic cash prize of €1,500.

Following the success of last year’s event, local company, Vaughan Shoes are once again supporting the popular evening event, sponsoring the Ladies Day competition. With shops in Ballinrobe, Claremorris and Castlebar, family-owned Vaughan Shoes is one of the leading shoe store chains in the west of Ireland. Vaughan Shoes recently won Irelands Best New Website 2018 at the Retail Excellence awards.

There is no pre-registration for the competition, just simply look out for the Best Dressed judge and spotters on the day.  The finalists will be announced after the fifth race. 

The feature race is the Treacy’s Pharmacies Irish EBF Fillies Handicap valued at €25,000, and the first of a seven-race Flat card kicks off at 5:45pm

Donal Vaughan of Vaughan Shoes “We are delighted to be associated with Ladies Day at Ballinrobe Racecourse or the fourth year in a row. Ladies Day has become an important event in the Ballinrobe racing calendar and each year the standard just seems to be getting better and better and the effort put in never ceases to amaze me. Sponsoring ladies day at Ballinrobe Racecourse is the perfect fit for us.”

John Flannelly, Manager of Ballinrobe Racecourse, said: “Ladies Day has become the social highlight of the year at Ballinrobe Racecourse. Once again we are delighted to have as our main sponsor and Marietta Doran as our fashion judge. We are looking forward to a great evening on June 26th”

The winner of last year’s Vaughan Shoes Ladies Day was Caroline Whelan, a newly-qualified primary school teacher and event planner from Ardrahan in County Galway. Caroline wore a royal blue jumpsuit from Sarah Jane Boutique in Magherafelt in County Derry and her headpiece was by Galway-based milliner Caithriona King.

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IRISH RACING PREVIEW: Top-notch Tuesday racing at Ballinrobe

Tuesday, May 29
First Race: 5.30
Fresh from landing her first Classic success at the Curragh on Sunday when Alpha Centauri won the Irish 1,000 Guineas, Jessica Harrington will be bidding to advertise her versatility yet again, by teeing up A Sizing Network for McHale Mayo National Handicap Chase [8.00] at Ballinrobe.
A Sizing Network didn’t get home over 3m2f last time at Killarney but is sure to be suited by stepping back in trip in the feature race at the County Mayo track. 
Standing in Harrington’s way is trainer John Ryan, responsible for Kilcarry Bridge, a grand 11-year-old bidding to record back-to-back successes in the race.
Noel Meade, who was among the winners at the track on Monday, runs Net D’Ecosse, the Gigginstown-owned gelding coming into the valuable contest off the back of an impressive victory at Kilbeggan.
Racing at Ballinrobe begins at 5.30pm and the ground at the venue is good. 
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IRISH RACING PREVIEW: Dawn Shadow the star on show at Ballinrobe on Monday

Monday, May 28
First Race: 5.30 (7 races)
Confidence is high that Dawn Shadow, winner of a valuable mares’ novice hurdle at the Punchestown festival, can continue her upward curve in the feature Monroe’s Live Mares Handicap Hurdle (6.30) at Ballinrobe on Monday evening.
The mare’s trainer Dot Love enjoyed plenty of success for Dawn Shadow’s owner Sean Riley, chiefly with Shadow Eile, who is a sister to the dam of this runner.
Next in the weights is Pat Fahy’s Awayinthewest, who has placed seven times over hurdles but remains a maiden in this sphere.
The Jessica Harrington-trained Flaviana, last seen finishing down the field behind Stormy Ireland in a Listed mares’ hurdle at Killarney, is another interesting contender in the ten-runner contest.
The Bank of Ireland Handicap Chase (8.00) sees the consistent Crocodile Dundee try to register another success for the Tralee father and son team of Bryan and Tom Cooper. 
The first of seven races is due off at 5.30 and the going is good.