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This season there will be a sense of carnival, samba and extravagance at Down Royal Festival of Racing for those attending the JNwine.come Ladies Day with an incredible prize of a trip to Rio de Janerio for the Victoria Square Best Dressed Lady.

It’s a chance for ladies to show off their wild hats and fabulous dresses as judges mull over the entries of the biggest and boldest ensembles to crown the winner.

One lucky lady will win a trip to Brazil’s liveliest location, Rio, a city where tropical rainforests and monolithic mountains collide to form one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world.

The prize comprises return flights from Dublin, a ten-night stay in a four-star hotel close to Copacabana beach and guided tours taking in the city’s most famous landmarks including Christ the Redeemer statue and Sugarloaf Mountain offering breath taking views.

Down Royal Festival of Racing takes place on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th November which will see the National Hunt Horse Racing descend upon Northern Ireland at the Co. Down racecourse with over 1.5 million people tuning in to watch the action from the racetrack.

Mike Todd, General Manager of Down Royal Racecourse said, ‘Ladies Day at Down Royal is as competitive as the horse racing on the track and I’m excited to welcome Victoria Square to the Festival of Racing once again.  There can only be one lucky winner for the Rio prize which is out of this world, but we can definitely guarantee a great day out for everyone.’

Entries for the Victoria Square Best Dressed Lady title can be submitted in the Dark Horse Café and Wine bar and in the foyer of the Guinness Suite on Saturday 4th November.

Michelle Greeves, Centre Manager of Victoria Square commented, ‘We are really looking forward to witness the style and glamour at this year’s Down Royal Festival of Racing and to judge the highlight of the festival, the Best Dressed Lady.  My top tip is to look stylish but also seasonal – a jumpsuit and an amazing jacket or dress and coat never goes out of style!’

Gates to the racecourse open at 11am with the first race starting at approximately 12.50pm.  Hospitality options are available from £60 or regular admission is priced at £12 on Friday 3rd and £15 on Ladies Day, Saturday 4th November.

To find out more about Down Royal Festival of Racing go to

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