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The 8 types of people you will meet at the Christmas races

Lads in suits, ladies in inappropriate footwear and auld fellas that wish you would all just go away — here’s a guide to some of the characters you will meet.

1. The lads

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INPHO/James Crombie

An easy group to spot, “the lads” are generally aged between 18 and 25 and must — must – be suited and booted. It’s an unwritten rule of the Christmas races.

Partially interested in the horses, partially interested in the pints.

2. The ladies

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INPHO/James Crombie

The Christmas races are a big deal on the fashion circuit — after all who knows when a photographer will ambush you or when you’ll be plucked from the crowd to take part in a “best dressed” contest?

Unfortunately six-inch heels and physics-defying fascinators aren’t always the best option in the festive weather.

3. The novices

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INPHO/Donall Farmer

“How do I know which horses are good?”

“How do I do a bet?”

And invariably, “Did I win? Where do I go to get my money?”

4. The veterans

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INPHO/Morgan Treacy

The seasoned racegoers who know their Bob’s Worth from their Boston Bob. Unless you’ve admission stubs from five midweek meetings at Navan, don’t even bother saying hello — they’d rather you weren’t there anyway.

5. The TV stars

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INPHO/James Crombie

Will be found behind Ted Walsh and Robert Hall, either on their phone to a mate watching on TV, or making stupid faces, or both.

6. The high rollers

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INPHO/Morgan Treacy

The lad who strolls up to the bookie and lumps on €500 without a moment’s hesitation. Puts the rest of us and our grubby fivers to shame.

7. The barstoolers

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INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Won’t venture outside the bar for the day. Sure it’s warmer in there, the racing’s on the TV anyway and there’s Premier League football on.

8. The celebs

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INPHO/Cathal Noonan

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INPHO/James Crombie

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INPHO/Donall Farmer

It’s their Christmas too, you know.

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Niall Kelly

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