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PRESIDENT OF IRELAND MICHAEL D. HIGGINS WILL ATTEND MIDLANDS NATIONAL IN KILBEGGAN NEXT FRIDAY

Kilbeggan Races has a long history dating back to 1840. Since then, many leaders of Government, international Ambassadors, and even Prince Aly Khan have attended the races to enjoy the wonder of National Hunt racing over the jumps. The Midland National meeting next Friday 20th July at 5.55PM is unique, as Kilbeggan will be honoured by the attendance of our President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins, who has achieved so much in Ireland and all around the world during his current term. Paddy Dunican, Manager, of Kilbeggan Racecourse stated “we are delighted that President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins will attend Kilbeggan Races on Friday 20th July. Our Midlands National Race Meeting is the feature event of the year and it’s a great honour for us to have President Higgins present the Midlands National Trophy to the winning owner”. It will be a great opportunity for people to see the President on the biggest occasion of the year for Kilbeggan with the Midland’s National and the annual Best Dressed Ladies Competition.

KILBEGGAN MIDLANDS NATIONAL OF €50,000

The first ever Midlands National was won by a horse called Cristy’s Picnic trained by Mouse Morris and it had a touch of Hollywood & the movies as two of the owners in the syndicate were Neil Jordan, Director and actor Stephen Rea. The race worth €50,000 has become one of the main steeplechases during the summer racing season. With €124,000 in prize money at the meeting and a number of sponsored races including the Coola Hurdle sponsored by Tom Lynam, who is Treasurer on the committee and keeps the track in top condition. The famous Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey Group is sponsoring a handicap hurdle worth €16,000 and the European Breeder’s Fund is sponsoring the Beginner’s Novice Chase. The Tom McCormack Mares Hurdle honouring the former Secretary of the Committee is part of the Weatherby’s Ireland Fillies Bonus Scheme.  The question is who will win the Midland’s National? Last year it was won by Tony Martin’s Phil’ s Magic but it might be worthwhile to watch out for course specialists (if they run)  like Supreme Vinnie a recent winner ridden by Rachel Blackmore, Michael O’Leary’s Net D’Ecosse, Henry De Bromhead’s Conrad Hasting’s or Draycott Place. Our two leading trainers Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott have had great success in Kilbeggan in recent years.

 

 

BELLAMIANTA LUXURY TANNING AND WINEPORT LODGE BEST DRESSED LADIES COMPETITION

Horse racing should be about style, elegance, humour, joy, and celebration. This also applies to the Best Dressed Ladies Competition sponsored by Bellamianta Luxury Tanning and Wineport Lodge, which grows in size each year. Two of the best judges in Ireland Valerie Roe PR and Bairbre Power, Fashion Editor, will be judging the event this year. Valerie Roe PR has had a busy working career as Miss Ireland, modelling, singing, and managing the famed Lillie Bordello’s and meeting celebrities from The Rolling Stones to Leonardo de Caprio. She run’s Dublin’s only 24 hour agency, with a well-tuned understanding of media and marketing. Bairbre Power is Fashion Editor of the Irish Independent and Weekend Magazine and on Twitter is one of Ireland’s main style influences. She is also Editor of Lineout and Mistletoe digital magazine. The prizes include a year’s supply of Bellamianta Luxury Tan for the winner worth €500; a voucher worth €500 from 3D Ireland; a set of beauty work hair extensions, applied by top stylist Sarah Ethel worth €1,000; a prize of a private collection dress and bespoke hat by Irish Milliner Deb Fanning, worth €500. The Wineport Lodge in Glasson, Athlone, have been regular sponsors of the Best Dressed Ladies competition at Kilbeggan over the last few years. Their wonderful prize includes a VIP weekend in Wineport, comprising 2 nights in the newly refurbished champagne suite (including a bottle of champagne, flowers, chocolates, and a luxury bath basket). Breakfast and dinner (2 days) and VOYA body treatment each, plus a luxury VOYA product hamper. The Wineport Lodge and Bellamianta Luxury Tanning will also supply goodie bags to the 10 shortlisted ladies.

THE JOY OF RACING

Kilbeggan races is about the joy of listening to groups, meeting families amd coming together, friends finding each other again, children’s laughter as they play, punter’s winning, dancer’s dancing to live music. It’s a fantastic evening for everyone with free bouncing castles & an obstacle course for kids.

The seven race card provides admission for adults €15, Students & OAP €12, special discounts for staff customers, and friends for a group of 10 or more, with admission discounted to €12 per person. A Special Discounted Summer Party Pack includes Admission ticket+€5 Drink Voucher+ €5 Food Voucher and Race Card for just €22 per person for a group of €10 or more.

 

Go and experience it next Friday and it will be a fond memory for this year. Remember the first race is at 5.55Pm. It’s best to arrive early and you will enjoy it better.

 

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Valerie Roe PR and Bairbre Power, Fashion Editor to judge Best Dressed Lady Competition at the Kilbeggan Races on Friday, 20th July

The largest race meeting of the year at the Kilbeggan races is just over a week away. Fashion is said to be in the eye of the beholder but two of the best judges in Ireland will be on hand to judge this event. Valerie Roe PR has had a busy working career as Miss Ireland, modelling, singing, and managing the famed Lillie Bordello’s, meeting celebrities from The Rolling Stones to Leonardo de Caprio. With a strong work ethic as a PR, she run’s Dublin’s only 24 hour agency, with a well-tuned understanding of media and marketing. Bairbre Power is Fashion Editor of the Irish Independent and Weekend Magazine and on Twitter is one of Ireland’s main style influences. She is also Editor of Lineout and Mistletoe digital magazine.

Paddy Dunican stated: We are delighted to welcome our new sponsor Bellamianta Luxury Tanning in association with Wineport Lodge as sponsors of our Best Dressed Lady Competition with a fabulous prize worth over €3,500.

 

The Midland’s National on Friday, 20th July, commencing at 5.55PM, is one of the main summer steeplechases in Ireland, attracting entries from top trainers like Willie Mullins & Gordon Elliott. It also attracts large entries for the Best Dressed Ladies Competition with some wonderful prizes for the winner. The prizes include:

Bellamianta Luxury Tan – a year’s supply of Bellamianta Luxury Tan for the winner worth €500.

3D Ireland- A voucher worth €500 from 3D Ireland,

Sarah Ethel-A set of beauty work hair extensions, applied by top stylist Sarah Ethel worth €1,000

Coco Boutique- a prize of a private collection dress (exclusive to Coco Boutique), and bespoke hat by Irish Milliner Deb Fanning, worth €500.

The Wineport Lodge in Glasson, Athlone, have been regular sponsors and supporters of the Best Dressed Ladies competition at Kilbeggan over the last few years. Their wonderful prize includes a VIP weekend in Wineport, comprising 2 nights in the newly refurbished champagne suite, which will include a bottle of champagne, flowers, chocolates, and a luxury bath basket. Breakfast and dinner will be provided on both days, and a VOYA body treatment each, as well as a luxury VOYA product hamper. The Wineport will also supply goodie bags to the 10 shortlisted ladies.

Ladies Day at the Kilbeggan Races has become the social event of the year in the Midland’s with a full evening of entertainment for all the family including live music, children’s entertainment, as well as the glamour of the Best Dressed Lady Competition and some exciting racing.

The admission price is €15 with special discounts available for Groups. Book on-line to avail of discounted tickets at www.kilbegganraces.com.

 

 

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KILBEGGAN FEATURES €25,000 HANDICAP HURDLE AT JUNE HOLIDAY MEETING

The beautiful sunshine for over three weeks in June has warmed up people for the summer season of racing at Kilbeggan. The Leaving Cert.is over and families want some holidays together, so the Kilbeggan Race meeting on Monday 25th June starting at 6pm is the place to go for entertainment. A summer of content will replace the winter of discontent and this meeting is the build up to the July and August festival meetings. In 1918, a paper stated “For as if by magic immunity from artificiality of modern times Kilbeggan has preserved to this day all the tenures of an old fashioned meeting with its picturesqueness, its light heatedness, its sociability amongst the people mingling on the course, and its variety of holiday fashions”. It hasn’t changed in a 100 years except for the better!

 

FIRST JUNE MEETING

The recent Summer Sunday Festival meeting was going to be one of best days for a long time with a huge crowd booked until the misfortune on Sunday of a main pipe bursting in the area. Paddy Dunican, Manager said “We were very disappointed that we had to cancel our Summer Sunday Festival race meeting on 3rd June last because of an Irish Water Burst Pipe on the main Water Feed to the entire Kilbeggan area., which left us without a water supply. We regret any inconvenience this caused to all our patrons and greatly appreciate the huge support at our rescheduled meeting on Tuesday June 5th”.

The meeting brought a treble for teenage jockey Jack Kennedy with Gordon Elliott’s Osco Mosco 4/1, Joseph O’Brien’s Hardback 4/6F and Consharon Boy 6/1(a horse who once beat champion novice chaser Monalee in a bumper). Willie Mullins failed with two odds on favourites and if one had succeeded it would have been the 3,000th winner of his career, which he achieved the following day at Wexford. Golden Poets success for Denis Hogan brought great joy to a local syndicate partnership called DPOJ. The horse was apparently backed from big prices down to 7/1. A surprise winner was About You 16/1 for legendary Beef or Salmon trainer Michael Hourigan. He has been training for 56 years and was leading trainer in Kilbeggan on many occasions. In 1994 he trailed the all-conquering Aidan O’Brien by 3 wins on the last race day in Kilbeggan but amazingly, he had four winners on the day to overtake O’Brien. His jockey Kevin O’Brien also rode four winners (one for Henry De Bromhead) and he is still the only jockey to do it in Kilbeggan.

 

MIDLANDS NATIONAL DAY HANDICAP HURDLE OF €25,000

One of the highlight of next Monday’s meetings is the very competitive Midland’s National Ladies Day July 20th Handicap Hurdle of €25,000 over 2 miles 3 furlongs, which should be a thriller. The Carmel Fay Memorial Novice Chase of €15,000 is generously sponsored by the Fay Family and the Greville Arms Hotel, Mullingar is generously sponsoring a 3 mile handicap hurdle. With a novice hurdle which has produced good winners in recent years and the usual exciting handicap chase this should be a good meeting for punters, with 7 races.

Admission for Adults to the event is €15, OAP’s & Students €12, Children under 16 free (free entertainment for kids). We are offering special discounts for staff, customers, and friends for a group of 10 or more and Special Discount Admission of €12 per person. We also have our Summer Part Pack, which includes- Admission Ticket, €5 Drink Voucher, €5 Food Voucher and a Free Race Card, at just €22 per person for a group of 10 or more. Book now at www.kilbegganraces.com.

Traditionally, the Monday race meeting goes back many years and it is an ideal opportunity to relax in the evening sunshine with family, meet friends, escape the World Cup for a few hours, and enjoy some thrilling racing. What more can you ask for in this life but don’t forget that the first race is at 6pm.

 

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Kilbeggan Races Rescheduled for this Tuesday 5th June at 5.55 pm.

Kilbeggan Races has been rescheduled for this Tuesday 5th June, first race at 5.55 pm. We have seven races on the card and original declarations will stand from our cancelled race meeting on Sunday June 3rd.

All tickets that were dated for our race meeting on Sunday June 3rd are valid for admission to our races on This Tuesday, June 5th.

Due to an Irish Water Burst Pipe on the main Water Feed to the Entire Kilbeggan Area, we have no water supply and we now have to cancel today’s race meeting (Sunday June 3rd) . We are very sorry for any inconvenience this has caused to all of our patrons.

Signed:

Paddy Dunican

 

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SUMMER SUNDAY FESTIVAL OF RACING AT KILBEGGAN ON BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND

After a winter of cold miserable weather the country came to life in the past few weeks with sunshine and high temperatures warming the heart and body. Gardens are blooming and enjoying outdoor sport has come to the fore. With you in mind the Kilbeggan Summer Sunday Festival will be on next Sunday 3rd June starting at 2.30PM. This is the only Sunday race meeting at Kilbeggan this year and an ideal opportunity to enjoy the pleasures of Kilbeggan races with your family and friends.

FESTIVAL OF SUMMER FUN

The Manager Paddy Dunican sums up the occasion “The Summer Sunday Festival provides excitement, colour, and thrilling racing in a brilliant atmosphere, and it’s about people enjoying themselves in a relaxed atmosphere. It’s a great opportunity for a group of friends to get together; for a family outing; and some great competitive racing over the jumps on a Bank Holiday weekend. The first two meetings were very successful and this holiday meeting should not be missed by the young or the young at heart”. Admission to the races s include General Adult €15; OAP and Students €12 (children under 16 are free). There is a discounted Summer Party Pack for groups of 10 or more for €22, which includes the Admission Ticket, a Race Card, €5 Food Voucher and €5 Drink Voucher .Tickets are available on-line at www.kilbegganraces.com and you can book online to avail of group discount.

WILLIE MULLINS TREBLE

The quality of the racing continues to get better in Kilbeggan with continuous success for all the top trainers like Willie Mullins, Gordon Elliott, Henry De Bromhead, and Noel Meade ( they have had 8 winners between at the first two meetings). At last year’s Summer Sunday Festival, Willie Mullins recorded a double with Nessun Dorma and Robin Des Foret , who is a very useful novice chaser and should be watched for Galway. At the last meeting the great trainer (who has already won over €200,000 in the new National Hunt season) had three winners.  David Mullin’s rode  Redhotfillypeppers (7/4F) in the novice hurdle and Steel Wave (4/1JF) in the novice chase. Willies  son Patrick rode Santa Simona (2/1) to win the bumper by 11 lengths. All these horses should be followed during the summer especially if they run at Kilbeggan. Henry De Bromhead won the first two races at the meeting with the J.P.McManus owned Plouios (9/10F) and Minella Times (9/2) both ridden by Mark Walsh. Perhaps the most interesting winner was the Gigginstown House owned Net D’Ecosse (7/1) who ran the other horses into the ground (excuse the pun) to win the handicap chase by 11 lengths. This horse was third in the Midland’s National last year and will now be a big fancy for that race as he has improved. The motto is come to Kilbeggan if you want to get present & future winners.

J.P.McManus is generously sponsoring the Adare Manor Maiden hurdle next Sunday and Bloomfield House, Mullingar are again sponsoring the mares hurdle of €13,000, which often produces a good winner. The Summer Sunday Festival is a great opportunity to get out there on a Bank Holiday weekend and simply enjoy yourself in good company, have that family get-together, meet your school friends before the summer break, or just make it a special occasion. Make sure to arrive early, as the first race is at 2.30PM.

 

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SEVEN SPONSORED RACES  AND AINTREE  GRAND NATIONAL WINNER TIGER ROLL PARADING AT KILBEGGAN  RACES NEXT FRIDAY

The May race meeting at Kilbeggan next Friday starting at 5.35pm has a tradition of providing great racing and large crowds in a warm relaxed summer evening atmosphere, where everyone seems to be your friend. With prize money of €94,000 over seven sponsored races and two racing heroes in Tiger Roll, Aintree Grand National winner and General Principle Irish Grand National winner parading during the meeting, there is reason to believe that this could be one of the best meetings at Kilbeggan in modern times. Paddy Dunican, Managing Director said “We are delighted that Midland Veterinary (Tullamore) Ltd. in association with the Irish Farmers Journal are coming on board as our new main sponsor of this Race Meeting on Friday  11th May. This race meeting has the potential to be one our biggest events of the year. Our Summer Friday Evening meetings provide excitement, colour, and thrilling horse racing in a brilliant atmosphere. We are looking forward to welcoming many customers of the Midland Veterinary (Tullamore) Ltd. and the Irish Farmers Journal to Kilbeggan for the first time. In addition  Michael O’Leary of Gigginstown will have Tiger Roll winner of the Aintree  Grand National and General Principle winner of the Irish Grand National,  two of the greatest national hunt races in the world, parading at this meeting”

SEVEN SPONSORED RACES

The two featured races are the Belvedere House, Gardens, and Park Handicap Hurdle of €20,000 sponsored by Westmeath County Council and the Irish Stallion Farm’s EBF Handicap Hurdle of €15,000 sponsored by the Irish EBF. The Irish Farmer’s Journal is sponsoring a maiden hurdle of €11,500. Ollie Ryan of Midland Veterinary (Tullamore) Ltd. said “we are thrilled to be sponsoring four races at Kilbeggan. This is Midland Veterinary (Tullamore) Ltd first time to sponsor horse racing and it gives us a great venue to promote our business and welcome our customers to a great social event at Kilbeggan Racecourse”. Midland Veterinary is a company at the forefront of innovation in the supply of agricultural products and services to the farming and rural communities. The company was acquired in 1999 by Ollie Ryan and Matt Corcoran now they have a staff of 14 between the 3 stores. They have been running for almost 20 years now, expanding year on year in order to offer customers a wider range of products to suit the farming needs. They both look forward to seeing all their valued customers on the evening and hope they have a lucky flutter!

TIGER ROLL AND GENERAL PRINCIPLE ON PARADE

Tiger Roll has won almost €1 million in prize money For Michael O’Leary’s, Gigginstown House stable including his three remarkable win at Cheltenham. He won the Triumph Hurdle for 4 y/o olds in 2014; the National Hunt Chase in 2017; and the Cross Country race in 2018. What mightn’t be known is that he won a novice chase at Michael O’Leary’s local course in Kilbeggan on 20th June 2016 when ridden by Jack Kennedy. In this year’s  Aintree Grand National O’Leary’s remarkable well backed horse Tiger Roll 10/1 delivered a win for the punters when narrowly holding off the Willie Mullins trained Pleasant Company  and stayed on to get to the line by the narrowest margin. The hero of the hour was Davy Russell who has been the outstanding jockey in Britain and Ireland this year, after some brilliant rides at Cheltenham and now Aintree. General Principle is less known but he has won