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Victoria Square hosts Down Royal Festival of Racing launch

Model Zara Shaw steps out for style ahead of this year's Victoria Square Best Dressed Lady competition at the Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal which takes place on the 30th and 31st of October. Pictured with Zara are Bruno, Down Royal General Manager Mike Todd and Victoria Square Centre Manager Michelle Greeves.

Model Zara Shaw steps out for style ahead of this year's Victoria Square Best Dressed Lady competition at the Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal which takes place on the 30th and 31st of October. Pictured with Zara are Bruno, Down Royal General Manager Mike Todd and Victoria Square Centre Manager Michelle Greeves.

Northern Ireland’s favourite shopping destination Victoria Square will take the reins at this year’s Northern Ireland Festival of Racing at Down Royal on October 30th and 31st, with the Best Dressed Lady competition which takes place on day two of the festival.

Victoria Square, home to a host of Northern Ireland’s favourite high end and high street retailers, will make sure style is a cert with fashionistas from across Ireland jockeying for position to be named Best Dressed at the event. This year’s winner will be jetting off to New York for the ultimate Christmas shopping experience including return flights to New York, three nights’ accommodation in the five star W Hotel on Lexington, and £500 to spend while they’re there.

Michelle Greeves, Centre Manager at Victoria Square says when it comes to style, Down Royal is unbeaten.

“Victoria Square is the natural destination for women who want to dress to impress, and we’re delighted to be part of this year’s competition. We look forward to seeing the elegance, flair and passion for fashion which is all part of a day at the races with Down Royal.

Victoria Square stylist Katherin Farries, who will also be one of the judges at this year’s Best Dressed contest, says fashionistas are spoiled for choice this Autumn, making for a tough competition.

“From seasonal hues to warm berry tones, there’s an abundance of colour to choose from, as well as the new generation of little black dresses and muted tones to choose from. At Victoria Square we know that the ladies who take part in the Best Dressed competition always go the extra furlong for fashion, and whatever this year’s winner wears, the key is to wear it well.”

As well as the style, the Festival of Racing will showcase the very best in National Hunt racing at the venue, including the first Grade 1 of the National Hunt season in the British Isles, the JNwine.com Champion Chase. General Manager Mike Todd says it’s already shaping up to be a world-class fixture.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming some of the leading jockeys and horses from across the UK and Ireland to take part in what is now well established as one of the best horse racing events on the island of Ireland.

“The excellence of the horseracing, coupled with unrivalled entertainment, a hospitality offering featuring meat from legendary local supplier Peter Hannon, and the first class service of prestige caterers Hamilton & Kirk, NIFOR looks set to be the horse racing event of the year.”

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