Sumptuous style on show for the 2017 Darley Irish Oaks at The Curragh

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Sumptuous style on show for the 2017 Darley Irish Oaks at The Curragh

July 15, 2017

The 2017 Darley Irish Oaks took place at the Curragh Racecourse today and the big race of the day saw some of Europe’s top fillies battle it out for Classic glory, and a total prize fund of €400,000. The winning horse Enable, steered in the confident hands of jockey Frankie Dettori, trained by John Gosden and owned by Khalid Abdullah put on a stunning performance. Enable has become the fifth horse this century to achieve the Oaks/Irish Oaks double and arrived at the Curragh on the back of a fantastic win at Epsom.

Off the racetrack, the fashion stakes were high as many well-heeled attendees turned out in their finest attire for the Boodles Most Stylish Lady competition which saw Kilkenny girl Kate Conlon scoop the top accolade. Kate, from Thomastown, stunned in an elegant olive dress with a white trim and a red hat by Irish milliner Philip Treacy as well as red accessories. Her dress, which was fitted and fell below the knee, was from Galway boutique Harper. Kate took home the grand prize of the ultimate Boodles experience which includes a champagne appointment at the Boodles Grafton Street store and a voucher to the value of €5,000 to spend in Boodles. Kate will also enjoy a relaxing weekend stay at The Westbury. The four runners up each received a goodie bag filled with treats from Boodles and Judges on the day were Jennifer Stevens, Editor of Irish Country Magazine, and Sybil Mulcahy, Editor of as well as James Amos, Marketing Director of Boodles.

After being announced as the winner Kate Conlon said; “I really can’t believe I won and I’m thrilled, this is an unbelievably generous prize, I am really looking forward to planning a day out shopping in Boodles and a trip to The Westbury. It was a total shock to win today as there was stiff competition here at The Curragh so this has really made my day”.
James Amos, Marketing Director at Boodles, said; “We’re delighted to be associated with the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh once again this year and it was another fantastic show for the Boodles Ladies Day. As ever, the style on display was absolutely stunning and there were so many ladies that could have been chosen as the winner of the Most Stylish Lady competition”.

The eventful day also saw the Boodles Ladies Derby being one of the racing highlights, as the most valuable thoroughbred race for female jockeys in Europe was staged. Jockey, Lisa O’Neil on board ‘Miles to Memphis’ emerged as the victor in an exciting race that saw her mount battle all the way to the finish. Miles to Memphis was trained by Mrs. Denise Foster and is owned by Jules Sigler. Lisa O’Neil won a voucher to the value of  €3,000 from luxury jeweller and race sponsor, Boodles. The party continued after racing as live band Electric Ceili played at the Curragh Racecourse from 7pm.

The weekend’s action continues on Sunday when the Kilboy Estate Stakes and the Minstrel Stakes are the feature races while the first Corinthian Challenge Charity Race in aid of the Irish Injured Jockeys Fund also takes place.

For more information on racing at the Curragh see or call (045) 441205

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