Ladies Day

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RTÉ Two, Tuesday 25 Sept 2012, 9.30pm

From Galway to The Curragh, from Clonmel to Leopardstown - every Irish Racetrack has its Ladies Day prize, and the Best Dressed Lady Competitions are a huge part of the racing world calendar, upping the profile of the tracks by bagging massive press coverage and making going-to-the races look less about gambling and more about glamour.

Ladies Day follows several maniacal Best Dressed habitués from all over Ireland as they prepare for and compete for their own, personally coveted Ladies Day prize. Ladies Day is presented by fashion broadcaster Brendan Courtney - following his 2012 season as a judge on the Irish Ladies Day 'Best Dressed' circuit.

Among them are veteran Ladies Day competitor and Grand Doyenne of Best Dressed Ladies, Carlow woman Faith Almond, who has clinched over 50 wins in 30 years. In Brendan Courtney's Ladies Day the poacher turns gamekeeper as Faith judges her very first Best Dressed Competition at The Ulster Derby in Down Royal.

20 something pretender to Faith's Best Dressed throne, Margaret Connolly from Mullingar, took the prize earlier this year at The Hennessey Gold Cup and is the first Irish Woman ever to win Best Dressed at Cheltenham. Ladies Day follows Margaret as she attempts a hat trick by winning the Ultimate Best Dressed Lady prize at The Curragh.

Mother and daughter duo Dawn and Bernie Leadon-Bolger from Baltinglass are in competition to take the big prize at the RDS with their outrageously OTT sense of style, while outré style journalist and Ladies Day skeptic Anne Marie O'Connor mounts an experimental assault on the Ladies Day prize at The Galway Races.

Casting a judicial eye on the Ladies Day phenomenon is broadcaster Brendan Courtney who, for the past five years has spent his summers moonlighting as Irish Racing's most prolific.and yes "impartial" Ladies Day adjudicator.



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