Longines Irish Champions Weekend

September 17, 2015

Daily Digest

Longines Irish Champions Weekend

Longines Irish Champions Weekend kicked off in style at the weekend as both Leopardstown and the Curragh racecourses joined forces to stage the richest concentration of Flat racing ever seen in Ireland, with a total prize fund of €4.03 million across the weekend.

Leona Clarke at the Longines Irish Champions Weekend at the Curragh

Leona Clarke at the Longines Irish Champions Weekend at the Curragh

Over 24,000 racegoers enjoyed the unique event across the two days. The stars of the flat racing industry were all in attendance including Aidan and Annemarie O’Brien, Johnny and Orla Murtagh, Jim and Jackie Bolger, Michael Halford, John Oxx, Tom Hogan, Jessica and Kate Harrington and jockeys Frankie Dettori, Pat Smullen, Wayne Lordan and Joseph O’Brien, to name but a few.

Longines Prize for Elegance

Mary Padden

Saturday’s Longines Prize for Elegance
Best Dressed Lady Mary Padden

This year the Longines Prize for Elegance competition had a prize fund of over €25,000 up for grabs across the weekend. Saturday’s Prize for Elegance was Mary Padden from Co. Mayo wearing a hat by Irish designer Aoife Harrison and a Badgley Mischka cream knee length dress. Mary walked away with an elegant Longines timepiece from their latest collection, a Louise Kennedy spending spree at Kennedy’s Merrion Square HQ and a luxurious penthouse stay at the 5* Merrion hotel while the most elegant man Garda Gavin Fleet from Knocklyon wearing Louis Copeland also received a Longines watch and a visit to master tailor Louis Copeland where he will be suited and booted from head to toe.

Suzanne McGarry

Suzanne McGarry at the Longines Irish Champions Weekend at the Curragh

Sunday’s winner was Suzanne McGarry from Sligo, who walked away with an elegant Longines timepiece from their latest collection and a €3,000 spending spree voucher from Kildare Village, while Matt Prior from Newmarket also received a Longines timepiece and a  spending spree from Kildare Village. Suzanne’s outfit was inspired by the monochrome Philip Treacy hat she chose as her statement piece and matched her bespoke made black and white cape dress with a classic Chanel bag and black Louboutin shoes. Matt’s dapper vintage coat was a gift from his grandfather and he added a pop of colour to his navy suit with his Hermes pink tie that he received for his 30th birthday.

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