Down Royal ups the stakes for the Festival of Racing on 1st and 2nd November 2013 (@DownRoyal)


Down Royal Festival of Racing set to be the biggest and best yet

Two days of premier, adrenaline-fuelled racing action at Northern Ireland’s famous Down Royal Racecourse gets under way on Friday, November 1st, when this year’s Festival of Racing returns for the biggest and best event yet.

Horse racing fashion and top notch hospitality await thousands of racing fans and super-cool socialites making a beeline to the fully-transformed, state-of-the art County Down facilities to help Down Royal celebrate 20 years of investment and growth, and its unrivalled status as Northern Ireland’s number one draw for ladies with classic, winning style.

To mark this special anniversary, Down Royal is ramping up the glamour stakes with a special Ladies’ Day “Best Dressed” prize package on Saturday, November 2nd, which includes a fully paid-up, luxury trip to Dubai for two – including a once-in-a-lifetime visit with hospitality to the world-famous Meydan racecourse.

The only thing this year’s fashion-conscience contenders have to do is to impress Ireland’s best-known fashion guru Bairbre Power with their individual sense of style, sophistication, elegance and poise.

Bairbre, Fashion Editor at the top-selling Irish Independent and its award-winning Weekend magazine, has been drafted in this year to help decide who gets the top “Best Dressed” prize in this increasingly hard-fought competition.

“This is one special day when Northern Ireland’s most stylish, elegant, well-dressed women get a chance to shine. I’m on the lookout for someone with individuality and personality – someone who knows instinctively how to put their own personal stamp on things. I love colour, and, above all, an outfit that’s appropriate for racing glamour.

Since 1993, Down Royal Racecourse has ploughed more than £5 million into transforming the site with the provision of a new, state-of-the-art grandstand, new , luxurious hospitality suites and a landscaping overhaul that befits its position as one of Northern Ireland’s leading race day attractions.

Mike Todd, General Manager at Down Royal said: “For more than two decades, we have invested millions and worked tirelessly to provide an unbeatable experience for everyone who comes to Down Royal and we have achieved that through major redevelopment and modernisation and a true focus on what our customers want – the very best in horseracing and hospitality. This year, we want to celebrate these achievements, which is why this year’s November Festival of Racing will be so special.”

“We are enormously proud of our racing reputation and history. This year’s Festival provides the perfect platform to showcase just how far Down Royal has developed both on and off the track.”

For more details on this year’s Down Royal Festival of Racing, and details on how to enter Ladies’ Day, visit


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