Ireland’s most glamorous will be lining up at Galway Racecourse on Thursday, August 1 for its famed Best Dressed Person competition, sponsored so generously by Anthony Ryans Ltd. Although the title does say “Person”, I believe all prior winners have been women, and any gents wishing to enter will have to go to great lengths to stand-out among the crowds of impeccably-dressed ladies.

However, last year the main prize was swept away by a foreigner when Australian Kelli Odell prevailed over the Irish beauties in a striking salmon pink and black ensemble from her hometown.

2012 winner Kelli Odell with main sponsor, Anthony Ryan. Photo from the Anthony Ryans Facebook page.

2012 winner Kelli Odell with main sponsor, Anthony Ryan. Photo from the Anthony Ryans Facebook page.

Perhaps due to Kelli’s all-Australian win, those wishing to enter this year are being encouraged to “wear Irish” and incorporate an element of Irish design in their outfit. And to reward the person who fulfills the brief the best, Anthony Ryans has introduced a new category – the Wear Irish award – which comes with a €500 voucher from the sponsor.

There will also be an additional award for the Best Hat, with tempting prizes on offer for the winner.

Where: Galway Racecourse, Ballybrit, Galway Co. Galway

When: August 1, 2013. Although there is no formal entry procedure, those wishing to enter are advised to arrive early as judges will wander around the racecourse and choose their finalists by 2:30pm. The winners are expected to be announced around 3:30pm with prizes awarded after the fifth race.

Wear: Your best summer racewear with an element of Irish design.

Prizes: Right, this is a long list…

For the winner of Anthony Ryan’s Best Dressed Person:

  • A one-carat diamond solitaire pendant, valued at €8,500
  • A €1,500 shopping spree at Anthony Ryans
  • €1,000 cash
  • A Lancôme presentation gift hamper, valued at over €500
  • A corporate hospitality package for the Galway Races October Bank Holiday Racing Festival, including dinner and a champagne reception

For the winner of the Best Hat:

  • A €1,500 shopping spree at Anthony Ryans

For the winner of the Wear Irish award:

  • A €500 voucher to spend at Anthony Ryans

For further info: Visit the Galway Races website and the Ladies Day Galway Facebook page. If you can’t make it to the track, follow the action throughout the day on Twitter at @ladiesdaygalway and search for #ladiesday.

By Lisa Tan