Press Release 31/08/2018
KILBEGGAN RACES GRAND FINALE NEXT FRIDAY
It is hard to believe that we have reached the end of another great year of racing at Kilbeggan which, like life itself, had a bit of everything from a postponed meeting to a visit from the President of Ireland. The End of Season Celebration Meeting is on next Friday 7th September starting at the earlier time of 4.30PM.
A GREAT YEAR FOR KILBEGGAN RACES
I remember a quote “If you can dream it, you can do It” and this would apply to a small course like Kilbeggan, which continues to battle against the elements and the system to provide entertainment and great National Hunt racing. Paddy Dunican, Manager states “that It’s been a fantastic year for us at Kilbeggan with a significant increase in attendances and sponsorships, which has been driven by the thousands of people who supported us during our racing season”. The three featured summer meetings, including two very successful Best Dressed Ladies Competitions, brought a great atmosphere of fun and entertainment, in addition to distinguished visitors from embassies like the Hungarian, Moroccan, Chinese and British ambassadors, which added interest and an international element to the races. President of Ireland Michael D. Higgin’s attended the races and met many people through the day including champion trainers Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott.
THE MIGHTY QATAR RACING HAVE THEIR FIRST WINNER AT KILBEGGAN
Qatar Racing Ltd are one of the most powerful owners in world racing and this year alone they own Roaring Lion winner of the Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes and the Eclipse Stakes to be the highest rated middle distance horse in Europe. Sheikh Fahad had a few winners under his own name with Willie Mullin’s but at the last Kilbeggan meeting he had his first runner and first winner with Willie Mullin’s under Qatar Racing Ltd when Solindian (11/8F) won the bumper after a tough battle. A number of very promising horses ran at the meeting and they should be followed such as Willie Mullins Mason’s Daughter, Solindian, and Henry De Bromhead’s Sir Benford Wales and Abbey Magic. The highlight of the meeting was the brilliant riding of Rachel Blackmore on Sir Benford Wales beating Willie Mullin’s Shush and in particular her ride on Abbey Magic when she beat David Russell’s mount Its All Guesswork (an appropriate name for a horse!) by ½ length in spite of losing her irons at the last fence.
A highlight of the day was Noel Meade recalling the great career of Mick O’Toole the trainer, who recently died. In 1970 he had his first two winners at Kilbeggan with Pirate Gal (5/1) and his wife’s horse Lake Shore Drive (2/1) won the Tullamore Handicap on the flat carrying 7st 1lb with Michael Teelin riding. This was the year that this horse won 10 of his 22 races. In 1982 his horse PoynzPass won at Roscommon on Monday, then was third at Sligo on Thursday, before winning again at Kilbeggan on Friday. Those were the days when horses were tough!
FRIDAY’S LAST MEETING OF THE YEAR
The final meeting of the year has the featured Adare Manor Handicap Hurdle of €20,000 sponsored by J.P .McManus; the Midlands Breeders Supporting Kilbeggan Beginners Novice Chase sponsored by the Midland’s Breeders, AT THE RACES are sponsoring the Sky Sports Racing Launching in 2019 Handicap Steeplechase of €19,000; and the Pat Doyle Race honouring a man who contributed so much to Kilbeggan Races. The Greville Arms Hotel, Mullingar, is sponsoring the Leading Jockey Award, which will go to Paul Townsend with 5 winners. Paddy Dunican, Auctioneer & Valuer is sponsoring the Leading Trainer Award and Willie Mullins is leading with 9 winners with Gordon Elliott on 7 and Henry De Bromhead has 6 winners. It could be a close contest between Ireland’s two leading trainer’s.
Adult Admission is €15, Students & OAP’s €12 with Group Discounts and Children under 16 free including free entertainment. There is a Summer Party Pack for groups of 10 plus for €22 per person, which includes admission for one, a race card voucher, €5 food voucher and €5 drink voucher. Check www.kilbegganraces.com for further information. As this is last meeting of the year why not get together with a few friends and meet in Kilbeggan to enjoy the best of Irish Jump racing. The first race begins at 4.30PM.
Sponsors remain crucial to Irish racing says IHRB chair
SPONSORS remain crucial to the continued success of Irish racing, Peter Allen, chair of the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IRHB), said on Saturday.
Mr Allen was speaking at the annual sponsors’ buffet at Kilbeggan Races, an event attended by sponsors, supporters and several ambassadors to Ireland.
“Racing needs sponsors. If we didn’t have them we would find it very difficult to run race meetings,” said Mr Allen.
He noted how racing had changed and how the venue and the sense of occasion had become very important.
“People come for more than just the racing, they come for the day out,” said Mr Allen.
He told the sponsors he believed they get value for money by supporting Irish racing: “I think sponsoring a race meeting is a great way of getting your name out there and on behalf of the IHRB and myself I want to thank you.”
Senator Paul Daly, chair, Kilbeggan Races, paid tribute to the sponsors for their ongoing support through good and bad times.
“We know it’s a token of your generosity and a token of your support for what is your local track and we really appreciate the support you have given us,” said Senator Daly.
On a showery evening, Senator Daly emphasised how much the weather impacts racing and how much work has to be done to keep tracks in good order.
“We are experiencing extreme climatic conditions and those are causing nightmares in many sectors and areas but none moreso than the racing business and the preparation of race grounds,” said the Kilbeggan Races chair.
He said Kilbeggan in particular always had its ground right and stated that any jockey, trainer or owner would agree that manager Paddy Dunican and his staff always had perfect, safe national hunt running ground.
Though Kilbeggan’s season was disrupted this year, with an April meeting deferred and the Sunday meeting in June rescheduled for the following Tuesday, Mr Dunican looked back on a very successful 12 months.
He recalled the visit of An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD, to Kilbeggan Races last September and the first ever visit by an Irish President, President Michael D Higgins, and his wife Sabina, to the meeting on July 20.
“Overall 2018 has been a very good year for us. We continue to experience a significant increase in attendance and particularly in sponsorship which is very much driven by the support of the local business community but also the support of the local Civil Service and the State bodies. All of them are bringing their staff here for nights out,” said Mr Dunican.
He said the Midland Veterinary Race Day in July organised by Offaly businessman Ollie Ryan was a huge success; pointed out that New York businessman, the Longford native, John Mahon, was sponsoring a race on the evening; along with Dublin publicans Tom and Paul Mangan.
Offaly-born Locky Murphy was sponsoring Kilbeggan’s second Ladies Day of the 2018 season and Mr Dunican said it was great to see people from the Midlands who had gone to Dublin and done well but were “back here supporting us”.
Significant improvements have been made to the Kilbeggan track and winners at the venue have gone on to add bigger prizes, most notably Tiger Roll, trained by Gordon Elliott and owned by Gigginstown House, which won the Aintree Grand National and two races at Cheltenham.
There was also Willie Mullins’ Nessun Dorma, who won his maiden at Kilbeggan and went on to take the €100,000 Guinness Handicap at Galway this year.
Both Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott met President Higgins last month in Kilbeggan.
Mr Dunican also reminded the sponsors that Kilbeggan Races has been honoured with visits by the ambassadors of no fewer than seven countries.
British Ambassador, Robin Barnett, the Chinese Ambassador, Dr Yue Xiaoyong and the Hungarian Ambassador, Istvan Palffy, were present on Saturday evening.
Out on the track, Barry Geragthy chalked up a double in the first two races, winning the opening maiden hurdle on Falak for trainer Gordon Elliott and following that up with a triumph on Woodland Opera for Jessica Harrington.
David Barry’s Time is Time won the Pig ‘N’ Whistle handicap hurdle and supporters of the favourite Aramon were rewarded with a win in the Devitts, Doheny & Nesbitt maiden hurdle when the Willie Mullins trained horse was steered home first by Paul Townend ahead of the Barry Geraghty ridden Global Jackpot.
There was a winner for owner and Kilbeggan supporter Gigginstown House when Judgement Day took the beginners chase and Paul Townend then matched Barry Geraghty’s double by guiding favourite Lasoscar home in the evening’s feature, the handicap chase worth €20,000.
Aubrey McMahon won the closing flat race aboard the favourite Batcio for trainer Ted Walsh.
There are two further race meetings in Kilbeggan this year, Friday, August 24 and Friday, September 7.
KILBEGGAN’S SUMMER OF RACING FESTIVAL NEXT SATURDAY
When you read the words “Summer Festival” there is an instinct to think of music, parades, dressing up, sport etc and of course you would be right, because that is exactly what you will get next Saturday 11th August starting at 5.20 PM on Kilbeggan Racecourse. The Summer Saturday Festival of Racing is all about people enjoying themselves, as the many supporters of all ages, who have attended over the last few years will confirm, by attending this exciting event with their friends and families.
PRESIDENT MICHAEL D.HIGGINS AND THE MIDLAND’S NATIONAL MEETING
The Midlands National Race Meeting was an outstanding success with the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins in attendance in the midst of the big race and the Best Dressed Lady Competition. It was a great occasion for all the people who attended and met the President, as he strolled amongst the people enjoying the racing and chatting with people like young jockey Jack Kennedy. Paddy Dunican, Manager stated “we were deeply honoured and very privileged to have President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins and First Lady Sabina Higgins at our race meeting on July 20th last. It was the first time for the President of Ireland to attend Kilbeggan Races and we experienced a big increase in attendance on the evening”.
Our two top trainers were in attendance and in great form for punters as Willie Mullin’s won the first two races with Robin De Carlow 4/7 and Dreamtide 2/1.These two horses could be worth following as Willie has won these races previously with good horsest. Dreamtide is a half- sister to his top class horse Wicklow Brave and like him will also run on the flat. Gordon Elliott had a treble with the very useful Barra (5/4F) winning the novice chase and debutant Braid Blue (7/4F) won the bumper. He had the winner of the Midland’s National with J.P.McManus’s Timiyan (12/1) defeating former Irish Grand National winner Rogue Angel in a thrilling finish for the crowd. Gordon Elliott was quoted afterwards as saying” I knew barring a disaster we were going to have a one –two, so it’s great”. If only he had said that to punters before the race- such is life!
BRENT POPE AND SUMMER FESTIVAL MEETING ON THE “RHODE” TO SUCCESS
Kilbeggan town had the opportunity to become part of Offaly in 1898 but declined. However, Offaly racegoers are great neighbours and supporters of Kilbeggan Races. The Devitts, Doheny, & Nesbitt Maiden Hurdle of €11,500 is generously sponsored by Tom & Paul Mangan of the Mangan Group Dublin, Tom Mangan is originally from Rhode in Co. Offaly. The Pig ‘N’ Whistle Pubs & Restaurants Hurdle is sponsored by John Mahon of New York, who is originally from Co. Longford, but living in New York. The “Locky Murphy Toyota Sandyford Best Dressed Lady Competition” is being supported by a new sponsor Locky Murphy of Toyota Sandford. There is a fabulous prize worth over €5,000 including a Brand New Toyota Hyrbrid CHR for 1 year + €500 petrol voucher & free road tax. Toyota Sandford is one of the biggest Toyota dealerships in Ireland and Locky coincidentally is also originally from Rhode in Co. Offaly. The Joe Cooney Cup is being sponsored by the Bank House Family and this cup dates back 60 years this year.
Brent Pope is judging the Best Dressed Lady Competition and he can only be described as an “honoured Irishman” because of his popularity in this country. This remarkable man played rugby for Otago and New Zealand and coached it in Ireland. He has been a TV analyst, journalist, after dinner speaker, charity supporter, author of children books, a biography and a book on mental health (which he has spoken about in public); founder of Outside in Art Gallery in Dublin, and owner of POPE shirts and shoes. The 6ft 4 inch giant will be a welcome addition to this great occasion. 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, Special Discounted Admission of €12 per person. We also have our Summer Party Pack which includes; Admission Ticket, €5 Drink Voucher, €5 Food Voucher and Free Race Card at just €22 per person.
This is the big Holiday Meeting of the year with people travelling from home and abroad to enjoy the August heat and holiday atmosphere. It’s about the young at heart, the joy of youth, the beauty of clothes, the laughter of children, the sound of music, the thrill of racing, and the memorable occasion of a special and rare moment in your life. Come next Saturday to experience it and remember the first race is at 5.20PM
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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