Sarah Donworth, 25, beat off stiff competition in the style stakes to scoop the top prize at Royal Ascot Trials Day and Ladies Day after catching the eye of the judges.
“They said to me that from the start I more or less had it won the minute they saw my outfit,” said Sarah who lives in Torard House Stud Knockainey and teaches in Knockainey National School.
Decked out in a citrus yellow dress, Sarah was the epitome of style and elegance as she posed for the flashing cameras under the brilliant sunshine which bathed the County Kildare course on Sunday afternoon.
The dress, which she purchased from Love Cherish in Charleville for €124, ticked all the right boxes in relation to the theme for the best dressed competition, fresh, fun and vibrant.
“I bought the headpiece in Coast about two years ago. My shoes were from River Island. I bought them a few years ago, they were about €50, the bag was about €20 and the headpiece I got on sale for about €30 or €40,” explained Sarah who teaches fifth and sixth class.
Sarah who trained to become a primary school teacher at Mary Immaculate College was accompanied at the races by her dad Pat and her sister Mairead.
She only won the tickets for the races on Friday having entered a competition on Facebook.
“I didn’t expect it all,” she smiled.
“One of the fashion bloggers Lisa McGowan is always in the top five - she was in the top five with me on Sunday and I couldn’t believe that I beat her.”
A showjumper, Sarah has horses at home in Knockainey and enjoys a day at the races as much as she can. While it was back to the classroom for the stylish teacher on Monday morning, she had her luxurious prizes to look forward to. Sarah was awarded with a VIP Spa weekend for four in the Westgrove Hotel in Clane and a €1,000 shopping spree in the Whitewater Shopping Centre in Newbridge.