Press Release 14/05/2019


The brilliant victory of Tiger Roll in the Aintree Grand National brings back memories. The world seemed to stop in every town for a day when the big race was on, with tips being passed in hushed whispers. People, who never darkened a bookies office, arrived with a list of each way bets and if you got the winner you became something of a hero in the locality. As a child it was wonderful listening to it on Radio Eireann, as it allowed you to imagine the giant fences like “Beecher’s Brook”, “Valentines Brook”, and “The Chair”. Next Friday’s evening meeting at 5. 10pm is a special day, as Gigginstown House’s dual Aintree Grand National Hero Tiger Roll will be parading in Kilbeggan at the races and bringing back memories of those great  days.


The remarkable Tiger Roll became the first back to back Aintree Grand National winner since Red Rum, when he won this year’s big race defeating Jessica Harrington’s Magic of Light and Willie Mullins Rathvinden in a pulsating finish Tiger Roll has now won just under €1.45 million. If he runs and wins the Grand National next year, he will be deemed the greatest Aintree Grand National winner ever, ahead of Red Rum. It’s something the racing world and general public would pay to see. In 2007 Gordon Elliott (29 y/o) was setting out on his career as a trainer with a brand-new licence, but little did he know that that he would have his first ever winner in the Aintree Grand National when Silver Buck 33/1 was successful. Just a month later on 5th May 2007 he had his first Irish winner at Kilbeggan with Toran Road (5/1) ridden by his brother Joey for the now famous (or is it infamous) Barstool Prophets Syndicate. What mightn’t be known is that Tiger Roll won a novice chase at Michael O’Leary’s local course, Kilbeggan in 2016. On 20th June 2016, Tiger Roll ( in the middle of four Cheltenham wins) ridden by Jack Kennedy won a conditional novice chase by 3 ½ lengths and coincidentally, beating two previous novice chase winners the Willie Mullins trained Valyssa Monterg and Jessica Harrington’s Duckweed (the same trainers who were placed in this year’s Grand National!).  This is a great opportunity to meet a true champion & legend so come early.


The feature race is the Belvedere House, Gardens & Park Handicap Steeplechase of €20,000 is sponsored by Westmeath County Council and in addition Wright Windows of Milltownpass, Co. Westmeath are celebrating their 50th anniversary in business this year with the sponsorship of The Wright Windows 50th Anniversary Celebration Beginners Steeplechase. Paddy Dunican Managing Director said “We are delighted that Westmeath County Council are sponsoring our Feature Race the Belvedere House, Gardens & Park Handicap Steeplechase of €20,000 and that Pat Geraghty & Ted Cronin of Wright Windows are hosting their Anniversary of Celebrating 50 years in Business at Kilbeggan Races. We are thrilled that Michael O’Leary of Gigginstown House will have Tiger Roll the dual winner of the greatest race in the world, parading at our race meeting”.

The former National Hunt senior handicapper Noel O’Brien will be remembered at Kilbeggan on Friday evening, the race in his honour will be called the “The Noel O’Brien Memorial Novice Hurdle”. He contributed very much to improvements in Irish Racing. Kilbeggan is hosting a Tote day on Friday which means any tote account customer can contact the Tote to claim a free pair of tickets to attend next Friday’s meeting at Kilbeggan.

The May races in Kilbeggan was traditionally a great occasion with local people travelling home from Britain and from all over Ireland. It’s the proper start of the Summer racing over hurdles and fences, as we build up to the Galway races. It is a great opportunity to see  a racing champion in Tiger Roll, so arrive early and remember the first race is at 5.10pm.


Press Release 18/04/2019


Last year was an exciting year for Kilbeggan races, with the three featured meeting’s, including two Best Dressed Ladies competitions, bringing a great atmosphere and visitors from four embassies including Britain. 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. With the sun on the horizon, next Friday 26th April will bring the first meeting of the year at 4.55pm with seven great races.



Paddy Dunican, Manager said “We are delighted to welcome our new sponsor BetVictor who are one of the world’s largest independent bookmakers and an industry leader in betting innovation, with customers from over 150 different countries. They are sponsoring four races with us at Kilbeggan. Last year was a very successful one with significant growth in the number of new people coming to our race meetings. Our biggest growth in attendance is from local business and companies bringing their staff and customers for a day out. We are looking forward to our new season of racing, with 8 race meetings planned from now until next September and we are confident that 2019 will be a great year for us”.

Established in 1946, BetVictor is one of Europe’s leading on-line gambling companies. Its focus is to offer customers a simple and personal betting experience. They have over 500 employees and are established innovator’s in the gambling industry. BetVictor is a partner of Liverpool Football Club since 2016 and the headline sponsor of Cheltenham’s November Meeting including the feature BetVictor Gold Cup. New Racing TV channel. The four races sponsored by BetVictor will provide €50,000 in prize money.

The Irish Thorougbred Breeder’s Association are also contributing to sponsoring the novice chase, which often produces a good horse. Willie Mullins has run future graded & listed horses at Kilbeggan like Aramon, who won a maiden hurdle in KIlbeggan last year before going on to group success. Racing TV are now showing Irish racing since the beginning of this year, with many additional features. The channel broadcasts every race live from 61 racecourses, and 70% of all racing from Britain and Ireland.


Racing is all about quality and one hundred years ago in 1919, Clonsheever fell in Kilbeggan when an outsider, but this horse who is deemed to be the greatest Galway Plate winner ever, went on to win the Galway Plate in 1923 and 192. He went for the hat trick in 1925 carrying 13st 11 lbs (and not even Arkle could match that burden) and still finished third. Joe Canty one of the greatest jockeys ever rode his first winner La Ruish that day in Kilbeggan. One story told about him was that he once rode for a Countess. After the horse lost, the Countess chided Canty  saying “Canty you didn’t come in time”. He replied “How could I come without the horse, mam”.


Kilbeggan is a compact track in every way and the great advantage is that it creates a wonderful warm atmosphere as everyone is together for the excitement, thrilling finishes, cheering, laughter, and all the things that make a great day out. Come early, and experience it and don’t forget the first race is at 4.55pm.