by Richard Buckley, Editor, Business Eye

The Down Royal Summer Festival of Racing will be the highlight of the year for racing aficionados, socialites and fashionistas alike as Down Royal once again hosts an unprecedented weekend of entertainment on 21 and 22 June. With the Magners Derby the highlight of the race card, it is no less competitive away from the race track with the ‘Best Dressed Lady Competition’ also taking place on Saturday 22 June, when frocks, fascinators, heels and hats will be the order of the day.


This year, the principal sponsor has been confirmed as Jack Murphy Jewellers, one of the leading jewellers in Ireland and one of Newry’s major shopping destinations.

Jack Murphy Jewellers is a multi-award-winning Northern Ireland premier jewellers with over 60 years’ experience in the diamond and jewellery industry. Jack Murphy entered the jewellery trade in 1957 and has excelled within the industry ever since. With the store’s impeccable customer service, honest advice and craftmanship, abundance of exclusive pieces, and exceptional value; Jack Murphy Jewellers is a true jewel in the crowd of Newry.

The ‘Best Dressed Lady Competition’ is open to all female racegoers, with the winner taking home an amazing prize package worth £3,500 including spectacular jewellery from Jack Murphy Jewellers to the value of £3,000, as well as a case of Tattinger champagne and a host of other goodies. The other finalists will each receive a goodie bag packed with bottles of Tattinger and Shortcross Gin, plus treats from Charlotte Tilbury and Franklins of Belfast.

Judges for the prestigious competition include Irish lifestyle influencer and recently crowned VIP Style Awards Most Stylish Influencer, Louise Cooney and Cool FM Breakfast Show Presenter and Fashion Stylist, Rebecca McKinney.

Gemma Murphy, Partner at Jack Murphy Jewellers said: “We are thrilled to be sponsoring the ‘Best Dressed Lady Competition’ at Down Royal’s Summer Festival of Racing – one of the most hotly anticipated events this summer for all those stylish race going ladies. We look forward to seeing the style on the day and would encourage everyone to enter for a chance to win some fabulous pieces from Jack Murphy Jewellers.”

Claire Rutherford, Sales & Marketing Director at Down Royal Racecourse said: “We are delighted to announce Jack Murphy Jewellers as principal sponsor of our ‘Best Dressed Lady Competition’ – another amazing local brand investing in Down Royal. The Summer Festival is one of the highlights of our racing calendar and promises to be a superb day out for all. The spectacle of Ladies Day is certain to provide an extra element of colour to an already prestigious day of horse racing.”

Gates open at 12 noon. Admission is £15 and tickets are available at the turnstiles on arrival. Children under 16 go free and free car parking is available.

For full details on the Summer Festival or to book tickets please visit www.downroyal.com

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Pictured launching the competition is model Alice Ashfield on the Colin McBratney trained Triolet, owned by the Monkey Formula Syndicate, alongside Gemma Murphy, Partner at Jack Murphy Jewellers and Claire Rutherford, Sales & Marketing Director at Down Royal Racecourse.

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