Champagne corks pop for stylish Longford lady as top jockey Ruby Walsh retires following Coral Punchestown Gold Cup triumph
It is a day the Longford contingent that flocked to the Longford GAA Race Day at Punchestown will never forget!
Champagne corks popped as the stylish Kate Nally McCormack was named Bollinger Best Dressed Lady and then top jockey Ruby Walsh announced his retirement from racing after winning the Coral Punchestown Gold Cup on day two of the Punchestown Festival!
An emotional Ruby announced his retirement with immediate effect following his win in the Coral Punchestown Gold Cup on Kemboy, trained by Willie Mullins.
Ruby who turns 40 next month has enjoyed an incredible career spanning two decades, riding many memorable winners at The Punchestown Festival such as, Hurricane Fly, Quevega, Kauto Star, Annie Power and Douvan to mention but a few.
Winner of the Bollinger Best Dressed Lady Competition was Kate Nally McCormack from Longford, wearing a head piece by Suzanne Ryan teamed with a Self Portrait dress and a bag, shoes and earrings all from Zara.
The busy working mum of three said, “I am over the moon, this is such an amazing prize, roll on the final on Friday!”
Ruby Walsh commented, "I’ve been so lucky from day one to ride so many incredible horses. I never dreamt I’d get the ride the likes of the equine athletes that I rode and no jockey is any good without the horses…
"From the very beginning from Alexander Banquet, Kauto Star, Big Bucks, Masterminded, Denman, Huricane Fly, Annie Power, Kemboy, you name them, Un De Sceaux, in anybody’s lifetime, I rode the best horses….I talked to [my wife] Gillian a good while ago and there comes a time when you just want to do something else and I’ve been a jump jockey for 24 years and I’m nearly 40. I thought I want to do something else for the next 24 years and I’m lucky enough to have great sponsors and contacts."
Winners of the Best Dressed Lady and Gent at the Nally Bros Hyundai Longford Race Day Geraldine O Flaherty and Seamus Lawlor pic.twitter.com/ftoXHUfACW— Longford GAA (@OfficialLDGAA) May 1, 2019
Winner of the Best Dressed Gent at the Nally Hyundai Longford Race Day Seamus Lawlor pic.twitter.com/7kiKW5QdlQ— Longford GAA (@OfficialLDGAA) May 1, 2019
Andy Quinn and Frank Kiernan at Longford GAA Race Day at Punchestown pic.twitter.com/OlicfjMQbC— Longford Leader (@Longford_Leader) May 1, 2019
David Donnelly pictured with Eddie Valentine, long time supporter of Longford GAA Race Day at Punchestown pic.twitter.com/v6SZJ0bYO8— Longford Leader (@Longford_Leader) May 1, 2019
️Day Two Highlights— Punchestown (@punchestownrace) May 1, 2019
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