Millie Mackintosh launches the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby

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Millie Mackintosh launches the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby

May 8, 2014

Millie Mackintosh Launches the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby


7th May 2014: Style icon and TV personality Millie Mackintosh flew into Dublin today to launch the 2014 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival which takes place at the Curragh Racecourse in Co. Kildare from 27th – 29th June 2014.

Millie is official style ambassador for the 2014 festival and will form part of the judging panel to seek out the most stylish lady on Derby Day, Saturday 28th June at The Curragh racecourse. This year’s Most Stylish Lady prize is worth almost €20,000 and will see the winner walk away with a holiday of a lifetime to Dubai where she will stay at the 5 star Jumeirah Creekside Hotel courtesy of Dubai Duty Free, a spectacular 18 carat gold diamond pendant from Boodles, a shopping spree & personal styling consultation at Brown Thomas as well as a stay at the Five Star Marker Hotel in Dublin.

Famed for her sense of fashion, Millie will showcase her racing style with designer looks from Irish Derby partner Brown Thomas and will sparkle in fine diamonds from Boodles. Speaking about being this year’s style ambassador, Millie commented: “I am a huge fan of horseracing and of course fashion so I’m encouraging all the ladies to put their best foot forward on Derby Day and showcase their unique sense of style to be in with a chance of winning this amazing prize.”

To celebrate The Jack & Jill Foundation being the official charity partner for The Irish Derby, The Curragh Racecourse has also selected 20 Irish designers and personalities to transform regular racing helmets into works of art! Irish fashion designers including Joanne Hynes, Helen Steele, Mary Grant, Umit Kutluk, Martha Lynn, Heidi Higgings and Lucy Nagle have put their unique stamp on their helmets alongside broadcasters Rick O’Shea, Ruth Scott, Dave Harrington and Killian O’Sullivan as well as and Irish Rugby International Cian Healy and model Holly Carpenter, Champion Trainer’s Aidan O’Brien and Jim Bolger along with Champion Jockey’s Joseph O’Brien and Kevin Manning to name but a few. Using materials such as studs, feathers, flowers, paint, silk, leather and other embellishments these ultra-stylish bespoke helmets will be auctioned online at with the auction closing to coincide with the The Dubai Duty Free Derby Ball at the K Club on 27th June with all proceeds going towards The Jack & Jill Foundation.

The three-day Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival is unrivalled in terms of its prestige and tradition and as the ultimate event of the summer season offers race-goers the finest style, racing and entertainment. As well as style and racing, guests on the day can enjoy a variety of local Kildare hospitality and artisan dishes at the Derby Food Paddock located in the heart of the action beside the parade ring. Racing enthusiast Hector O hEochagain will be hosting and MC-ing live entertainment throughout the festival in the Derby Music Village.

A variety of ticket and dining packages are available to book in advance at including a special ticket with admission and transport from Dublin city centre priced €40.

For further information, and to find out more about the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby, call 045 441205 or visit or

Like The Curragh on Facebook at ‘TheCurraghRacecourse’ or follow @curraghrace on Twitter using #IrishDerby to join in the conversation!


For more information contact:
Sandra Morris, FleishmanHillard, E: M: 086 847 4644
Astrid Brennan, FleishmanHillard, E: M: 086 215 4883

Notes to Editor:

See full racing schedule for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby below:

Friday 27th June – Done Deal Derby Festival Friday
• 5.30pm Dublin Coach to the Curragh Races 2-y-o Maiden
• 6.00pm Done Deal 3-y-o and up Maiden
• 6.30pm Today FM Handicap
• 7.00pm EBF Premier Handicap
• 7.30pm Done Deal Apprentice Derby
• 8.00pm Silken Thomas Handicap
• 8.30pm Hanlons Concrete 3-y-o and up Maiden
• 8.45pm Nathan Carter in Concert

Saturday 28th June – Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Day
• 3.10pm Dubai Duty Free Full of Surprises 2 year old Maiden
• 3.45pm Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Sapphire Stakes (Group 3)
• 4.15pm Paddy Power Sprint
• 4.45pm GAIN Railway Stakes (Group 2)
• 5.25pm Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (Group 1)
• 6.05pm Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Handicap
• 6.40pm Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire Celebration Stakes (Listed)
• 7.15pm Dubai Duty Free Jumeirah Creekside Hotel Summer Fillies Premier Handicap

Sunday 29th June – Derby Festival Family Day
• 2.15pm Barronstown Stud 2-y-o Maiden
• 2 45pm Grangecon Stud Stakes (Group 3)
• 3.15pm At The Races Curragh Cup (Group 3)
• 3. 45pm Friarstown Stud International Stakes (Group 3)
• 4.20pm Oxigen Environmental Pretty Polly Stakes (G1)
• 4.50pm EBF Premier Handicap
• 5.20pm Macari’s of Kildare Ladies Derby
• 5.50 The Irish Field Handicap

Other events:
Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Golf Classic – K Club (Palmer Course) 26th June
Book directly with The K Club by phoning (01) 6017200 or e-mail
Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Ball in aid of the Jack & Jill Foundation– K Club Friday 27th June
For further information please call Jack and Jill Foundation on 045 894538 (or email or OBrien PR +353 (0)45 446422 Email

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