People, Punters, Parties, Ponies, Bookies and Jockeys

June 21, 2016  •  2 Comments

I recently blogged  here here about my fashion shots from the Summer Ladies day at Navan Racecourse . While the Ladies' finery was the main objective of the day, race meetings also give lots of chances for shots of people, punters, parties, ponies, bookies and jockeys. Here's a few of my faves from the day - starting with skittish thoroughbreds in the parade ring, along with their handlers, jockeys and owners - and then a few shots of the races themselves.

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And they're off! 008-Navan-2016-summer-races-©-2016-John-Coveney008-Navan-2016-summer-races-©-2016-John-Coveney

At the winning post. 011-Navan-2016-summer-races-©-2016-John-Coveney011-Navan-2016-summer-races-©-2016-John-Coveney

 Jockeys.

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Of course the TV cameras get the best view of the races - but I wouldn't like to have been up here when the thunderstorms were approaching. Fortunately, they never made it to the course!

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For punters and bookies, of course, the races are serious business!

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Looks like this young racegoer's hopes were dashed!

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In contrast to the colours of the Ladies fashion, I think the guys' expressions are best seen in black and white.

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Although punters seem to have keen eye for the fashion in between races!

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Here's Colm O'Rourke |(centre) - double all-Ireland winner with Meath in the 1980's - keeping a keen eye on proceedings.

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Another regular group at race meetings are stags, hen and parties. This big group also did an impressive whip around for the Injured Jockeys Fund

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Having your Hen at the Races seems like a good way to test the outfits!

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And to finish, here's one of the Best Dressed Ladies giving those heels a well earned rest!

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John Coveney(non-registered)
Thanks, Johanna
Johanna Ops Mgr at Navan Racecourse(non-registered)
Brilliant photos John. Love them all.
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