Off the charts racing and fashion on Ladies Day at the Punchestown Festival!

Posted: 3rd May 2019

Super-sub Davy Russell saw off Supasundae when Buveur D’Air landed the Betdaq Punchestown Champion Hurdle today. Ladies donned their finery for the final of the Bollinger Best Dressed Lady Competition, hospitality venues were full to the brim and the pints were well and truly flowing. With a total attendance of 32,567 Punchestown patrons enjoyed all the fun of a festival at the Kildare venue today.



2019    32,567

2018     33,082

Difference: -515


Racing Highlights:

The Betdaq Punchestown Champion Hurdle

Won by: Buveur D’Air

Trained by: Nicky Henderson

Owned by: JP McManus

Ridden by: Davy Russell


Social Highlights:

Winner of the Bollinger Best Dressed Lady Competition was Kate Nally McCormack from Longford. Kate wore a headpiece by Suzanne Ryan Millenary, a stunning red and cream Self Portrait dress, red finished shoes and a bag from Zara along with stunning earrings by Soru Jewellery.

Kate was the winner of the Bollinger Best Dress Lady Competition on Wednesday and was fast tracked into the final today. There she battled it out peep toe to kitten heel with 7 other finalists. All fast-tracked finalists who won earlier in the week, had the choice to change their outfit or wear the same one again in the final. Kate did a bit of both, she wore the same dress, shoes and bag but changed up her look with a different headpiece and stunning earrings which really set it off beautifully today.

As the 2019 Bollinger Best Dressed Lady, Kate and a guest of her choosing will enjoy a money can’t buy prize including an exclusive invitational screening of the highly anticipated 25th James Bond movie in Paris in April 2020, a trip to the Bollinger Estate and Champagne Libraries, France. This trip includes an overnight stay in the beautiful historic town of Reims, the capital of the Champagne region, Michelin dining and luxury overnight stay in Paris, the City of Light. Of course, a private chauffeur, champagne lunch experience and a year’s supply of Bollinger Champagne are a given!

Conor O’Neill said “The atmosphere here at Punchestown today has been electric, every bar, restaurant, pavilion and general enclosure is buzzing, it’s magic. We have a very special final day ahead of us, the AES Family Day and we look forward to welcoming all our young racegoers to enjoy a fun day of a different kind.”