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Press Release

END OF THE SEASON CELEBRATION AT KILBEGGAN RACES NEXT FRIDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER

They say that any horse can win on any day. It might not be true, but it is part of what keeps people interested in racing. This year, racing at Kilbeggan has been a great success, as many people came back to the special atmosphere that is unique to the midland venue. The final fixture of this year will be a celebration of the season and a great way to have a special day out next Friday 2nd September with the first race at 4.30pm.  

SUCCESS OF AXA FARM INSURANCE MIDLANDS NATIONAL DRAWS THE CROWDS

Competitive  racing between all the leading trainers like Wille Mullins, Gordon Elliott, and Henry De Bromhead  brought the crowds, some for racing and many more  just to enjoy the day.  Gordon Elliott’s Hurricane George galloped away with the big race at 8/1 to win by 13th lengths with Jack Kennedy on board.

Paddy Dunican, Manager stated: “2022 has been a brilliant and historic year for us at Kilbeggan, we have had a significant increase in the number of paying customers attending our race meetings from our pre-covid race meetings in 2019. We also experienced a huge increase in sponsorship from businesses with the most significant development been the upgrading of our AXA Farm Insurance Midlands National to a Grade B race with the Prize Money increasing from €75,000 to €100,000. Our Midlands National has now become one of the most valuable and prestigious Steeplechase races of the summer racing season. All of Ireland’s top National Hunt trainers are winning races here at Kilbeggan providing very competitive and exciting racing for our race goers.”

RACHEL DUFFY WESTMEATH ROSE OF TRALEE WILL BE ATTENDING

Aside from Kilbeggan’s success, this has been a momentous year for Westmeath with them beating Cavan in the Tailteann Cup, the week-long fleadh was wonderful, and 23-year-old Rachel Duffy delivered the big prize by becoming the first Westmeath winner of the Rose of Tralee. It was a great honour for her and as she said, “I don’t need a crown to be seen as special and I embraced being the Westmeath Rose and I was so proud to be it.” She didn’t think she would win and was stunned when Daithí O’Se called out her name.  She had a sore throat but her version of the song “Teddy O’Neill” was beautiful and appreciated by the audience. She will be in attendance at the racecourse next Friday and it will be a wonderful opportunity for people to meet her.

A GREAT DAY’S RACING AND A GREAT DAY OUT

With several sponsored races it will be a competitive meeting including The Kilsaran handicap Steeplechase, The Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle sponsored by JP McManus and the Sean Hughes Memorial Maiden Hurdle, sponsored by Josephine Hughes Mullingar Park Hotel. The support of these good sponsors helps to provide better quality racing over the jumps. Two other special races celebrate the contribution of two very special people who made racing in Kilbeggan better over the years. The Life of Sean Daly Memorial Handicap Hurdle sponsored by Paul Daly and the Pat Doyle Memorial Race remembering Sgt Doyle.

The Leading Jockey prize will be very competitive with Patrick Mullins on 4 winners and five others on 3 winners including Rachael Blackmore and Jack Kennedy. The Leading Trainer prize looks like a straight battle between Willie Mullins on 7 winners and Henry De Bromhead on 5 winners.

It might be the grand finale of the year but it should be a wonderful occasion and a chance to meet up with all your family and friends before the autumn sets in and you might get the big priced winner you missed ! Don’t forget that the first race is at 4.30pm.

Special Discount Packages

Our normal admission ticket to our race meetings is €15. We are offering special discounts on admission tickets at €12 each for groups of 10 or more.

Summer Party Packs

We have our Special Discounted Summer Party Packs from €23 per personwhichincludesadmission ticket, plus 2 X €5 food/ drink vouchers, plus a free race card for groups of 10 or more.

Book Tickets online to avail of our discounts on www.kilbegganraces.com

For Further information please contact:

Paddy Dunican

Managing Director

Tel: 087 2485548

Email: paddy@kilbegganraces.com

Summer Saturday Festival at Kilbeggan Races on 6th August, First Race at 5.20 pm

New Feature Race, the Kilmurray Homevalue Hardware Mullingar Handicap Steeplechase of €25,000, generously sponsored by Dermot and Conor Kilmurray.

Sustainable Style Ladies Competition with the Winner Receiving a €3,000 Cash Prize, Sponsored by Ollie Ryan and Matt Corcoran of Midland Veterinary Tullamore.

We are encouraging all of the wonderful ladies to show us their upcycled outfits, favourite ethical brands, whether it be thrifted, borrowed or handmade, with headwear an optional extra – it’s time for your sustainable style to shine!

Paddy Dunican Managing Director stated “We are continuing to experience a significant increase in the number of new people coming to Kilbeggan Races, our race meetings are a great opportunity for a group of friends or family to enjoy themselves in an exciting atmosphere with thrilling horse racing. Our Sustainable Style Ladies Competition have always embodied class, style and confidence and this year the Winner will walk away with a Cash Prize of €3,000.

Admission Adults €15, Student & OAP’s €12, Children Under 16 Free, Group Discounts Available 

Book Online on www.kilbegganraces.com 

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Kilbeggan Races to host first graded race

€100,000 AXA Farm Insurance Midlands National

Friday July 8 2022

The AXA Farm Insurance Midlands National at Kilbeggan Racecourse has been upgraded to Grade B status.

The race, over three miles and one furlong, will also run with a significantly increased prize fund of €100,000 and is the centre-piece of Kilbeggan Races’ fixture list and the summer jumps season.

Paddy Dunican, Managing Director of Kilbeggan Races, said: “We are delighted that the AXA Farm Insurance Midlands National race has been upgraded to a Grade B race. With the support of our sponsor AXA Farm Insurance and Horse Racing Ireland, the prize money has increased from €75,000 to €100,000. We are excited to see some top-quality runners due to the improved status and increased prize money on offer. The aim has always been to have a graded race at Kilbeggan, so it’s great to see our vision come to fruition on Friday July 8.”

Christy Doherty, AXA Head of Agriculture, commented: “AXA Farm Insurance are delighted to continue our sponsorship of the Midlands National for the fourth year. The Midlands National is a very important event for our business as it provides us with the opportunity to engage with our customers at our local racecourse on their biggest race meeting of their season.”

Jason Morris, Horse Racing Ireland’s Director of Racing and Strategic Projects, said: “The AXA Farm Insurance Midlands National race has become a real feature of the summer National Hunt Programme and Horse Racing Ireland is delighted that the quality of runners in recent years has justified the race’s promotion to a Grade B race, giving Kilbeggan a well-deserved first Black Type race.”

The meeting also hosts a strong supporting card including the €25,000 Writech Group Handicap Hurdle.

Kilbeggan leads the way in staging Irelands First Sustainable Style Racing Event, with the Bellamianta Sustainable Style Ladies Competition including a prize worth €5,000.

The first race is at 5:20pm.

REPRO FREE photos available from Finbarr O’Rourke Photography. Tel: 087 2200590.

General admission €15. Students & OAPs €12. Special discounts available for groups of 10 or more. Book online to avail of a 10% discount.

Kilbeggan Summer Party Pack from only €23for groups of 10 or more which Includes admission, racecard, and a €10 food and beverage voucher.

Visit www.kilbegganraces.com for ticket discounts and information.

SUSTAINABLE STYLE RACING EVENT AT KILBEGGAN RACECOURSE, JULY 8TH 2022

SPONSORED BY BELLAMIANTA LUXURY TANNING

Ireland’s First Sustainable Style Racing Event Takes Place
July 8th 2022 at Kilbeggan Races, Sponsored By Bellamianta
Luxury Tanning
THE WINNER TAKES HOME A PRIZE WORTH OVER €5000 FROM SOME OF IRELAND’S TOP BEAUTY
AND LIFESTYLE BRANDS, INCLUDING €1000 CASH.
The largest race meeting of the year at Kilbeggan Races is just over a week away, with
Ireland’s very first Sustainable Style Ladies Competition sponsored by Bellamianta Luxury
Tanning taking place Friday, July 8th 2022. We are encouraging all of the wonderful ladies to
show us their upcycled outfits, favourite ethical brands, whether it be thrifted, borrowed or
handmade, with headwear an optional extra – it’s time for your sustainable style to shine!
Fashion is said to be in the eye of the beholder, but this year, judging the event on behalf of
Bellamianta Luxury Tanning, Industry Expert Mark Rogers will have the final say will take home
the incredible prizes:
• 1 Year’s Supply of Bellamianta products for you and a friend
• €1000 cash
• 4 Training Sessions with Celebrity Trainer To The Stars Paul Byrne at the state-of-the-art
BodyByrne Gym
• 6 Month Supply of Annutri’s Miracle Hair Supplement “Grow It” & Scalp Brush
• A luxurious Infinity Limited Edition Box from Casmara
• Full Collection of True Beauty by Aideen Kate
• Diffuser Blender Bundle from Irish-owed premium essential oil company Kotanical
• Polished London Water Flosser, Toothpaste, Bamboo Toothbrush & Toothpaste Tablets
• Hamper of Declaré skincare
• A Linen Shirt from Linen Shirt Company
• 1 Year’s hairdressing from Award Winning Hair and Scalp Specialists Pelo
• Hamper of GLOV’s eco-friendly makeup removal products
• Hair tools, haircare products and accessories from Voduz
Speaking about their sponsorship, Bellamianta’s Linda Stinson commented “We are very
excited to be yet again supporting Kilbeggan Races for the Sustainable Ladies Style
Competition and welcoming the announcement of the sustainability element this year.
As I have seen in years prior, the ladies always turn out in style, and I have no doubt that
this year’s event will be any different. I think that Mark (Rogers) is going to have a very
difficult task on his hands to pick a winner when he sees all of the glamourous ladies!”
The AXA Midlands National of €100,000, with the first race starting at 5:20PM, is one of the
most prestigious races of the summer racing season. The event has been described as the
social event of the year in the Midlands with a full evening of entertainment for all the family
including live music, children’s entertainment, as well as the glamour of the style event and
not to forget, the exciting racing taking place.
Book your tickets online at http://www.kilbegganraces.com.
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Christy Doherty of AXA, Willie Mullins, Champion Trainer and Paddy Dunican, Kilbeggan Racecourse

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THE AXA FARM INSURANCE MIDLANDS NATIONAL OF €100,000 HIGHLIGHTS KILBEGGANS RACING YEAR ON FRIDAY EVENING 8TH JULY 2022

One hundred years ago in 1918 a paper stated, “as if by magic immunity  from the artificiality of modern times, the Kilbeggan meeting has preserved to this day, all the tenures of the old-fashioned Irish race meeting –with its picturesqueness, its light heartedness, its sociability amongst the people mingling on the course”.

These words still echo what Kilbeggan races means to people of all ages, even more so in the modern world of the social media. The races are on Friday Evening 8th July with the first race at 5.20pm and it will be different in that the AXA Farm Insurance Midlands National of €100,000 is the Highlight of Kilbeggan’s Racing Year and the race has been upgraded to a Grade B race, with the prize fund increasing from €75,000 to €100,000.  It will be the first time for Kilbeggan to stage a Graded race, which together with the 25% increase in prize money, will help to further attract better quality horses and create more competitive and exciting racing.

                                                MIDLANDS NATIONAL OF €100,000 AT KILBEGGAN

Kilbeggan Races dates back to 1840 and since then many great horses have raced on the track from Gold Cup winner Koko to dual Aintree Grand National winner Tiger Roll. Perhaps this might be the year of another future champion in the Midland’s National.

Paddy Dunican, Managing Director of Kilbeggan Races, said: “We are delighted that the AXA Farm Insurance Midlands Nationalrace has been upgraded to a Grade B race. With the support of our sponsor AXA Farm Insurance and Horse Racing Ireland, the prize money has increased from €75,000 to €100,000. We are excited to see some top-quality runners due to the improved status and increased prize money on offer. The aim has always been to have a graded race at Kilbeggan, so it’s great to see our vision come to fruition on Friday July 8.”

Christy Doherty, AXA Head of Agriculture, commented: “AXA Farm Insurance are delighted to continue our sponsorship of the Midlands National for the fourth year. The Midlands National is a very important event for our business as it provides us with the opportunity to engage with our customers at our local racecourse on their biggest race meeting of their season.”

Jason Morris, Horse Racing Ireland’s Director of Racing and Strategic Projects, said: “The AXA Farm Insurance Midlands Nationalrace has become a real feature of the summer National Hunt programme and Horse Racing Ireland is delighted that the quality of runners in recent years has justified the race’s promotion to a Grade B race, giving Kilbeggan a well-deserved first Black Type race.”

In addition, Writech Group of Mullingar are sponsoring a new feature handicap hurdle of €25,000 to further support the meeting and attract better quality horses. Writech based in Mullingar is leading the industry worldwide in developing cutting edge technology to design and manufacture fire protection systems for many of the biggest global technology companies in the world. Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey are sponsoring a hurdle race and there is a strong historic association of the Locke family being involved locally in Kilbeggan Races back to 1840. The Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase at the meeting often produces useful chaser for the future.

Alan Wright said: “The Writech Group are delighted to support Kilbeggan Racecourse on Midlands National Day. We are also looking forward in welcoming some of our esteemed clients to the event which shall be a very enjoyable occasion not to mention demonstrating the uniqueness of the Midlands Region. We would like to thank Paddy Dunican & his Team for the professionalism they have shown in assisting us on our Corporate Day in 2022”.

The Midland’s National race meeting is the highlight of our racing year and the event has been described in many quarters as the social event of the year in the Midlands. Kilbeggan is all about the joy of the moment, whether it is a horse winning, a crowd cheering, friends laughing, families meeting, fashion dazzling, glasses clinking, music pleasing, or bookies paying. Willie Mullins has raced some very useful horses at Kilbeggan over the years and as his father the great Paddy Mullins stated in 1993 “There is a great buzz to it, unlike some of the deadly meetings we have to attend during the year”. There are seven races on the card and it all kicks off at 5.20pm on Friday 8th July.

KILBEGGAN LEADS THE WAY WITH IRELANDS FIRST SUSTAINABLE STYLE RACING EVENT!

The Bellamianta Sustainable Style Ladies Competition with a prize worth €5,000 including €1,000 cash sponsored by Bellamianta Luxury Tanning and AXA at Kilbeggan Races. We are encouraging all of the wonderful ladies to show their upcycled outfits, favourite ethical brands, whether it be thrifted, borrowed or handmade, with headwear an optional extra. Celebrity Judge: Mark Rogers.

This Fantastic Prize for the Winner includes: Bellamianta Luxury Tanning – A year’s supply of Bellamianta Luxury Tanning products for you and a friend, Annutri – 6 months’ supply of Grow It & Scalp Brush, CASMARA – Infinity Limited Edition Box, TRUE BEAUTY by Aideen Kate – Full Cosmetics Collection, KOTANICAL – Diffuser Blend Bundle, POLISHED LONDON – Dental Products, DECLARÉ – Skincare Products, GLOV – Makeup Removal Products, LINEN SHIRT COMPANY – High-End Irish-Linen Shirt, PELO – One Years Hairdressing, BODY BYRNE – 4 Personal Training Sessions with Celebrity Trainer Paul Byrne, VODUZ – Hair Tools & Products and €1,000 in cash.

Our normal admission ticket to our race meetings is €15. We are offering special discounts for staff, customers and friends on admission tickets at €12 each for groups of 10 or more. We have our Special Discounted Summer Party Pack for €23 per personwhichincludesadmission ticket + 2 X €5 food/ drink vouchers and free race card for groups of 10 or more. Book Tickets online to avail of our discounts on www.kilbegganraces.com

THE EXCITING KILBEGGAN SUMMER  FESTIVAL OF RACING WILL BE TAKING PLACE NEXT SUNDAY, JUNE 5th AND IT WILL BE A SPECIAL BANK HOLIDAY OCCASION.

The Summer Sunday Festival of racing will be on next Sunday, June 5th, at Kilbeggan starting at 2.10 PM. Already we have had three successful and enjoyable meetings, showing that Kilbeggan Races is one of the great social events  in the midlands . It’s in the centre of the country ,which makes it accessible and not too far away from any county. The objective for people is to have a great evening with fun, excitement, glamour, music and great racing over the jumps. 

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 three meetings were very successful and this holiday meeting should not be missed by the young or the young at heart. In addition, attendances have increased over the first three meetings”.

                                 GREAT CHAMPIONS AND FEATURED RACES

The last meeting was exciting as two champion horses were paraded in Kilbeggan to a delighted  crowd. Freewheelin Dylan won the Irish Grand National last year at 150/1 and the Midlands Grand National in Kilbeggan for trainer Dermot McLoughlin. Amazingly, he went on to win the Irish Grand National again this year with Lord Lariat. Gavin Cromwell trained Flooring Porter to win the Paddy Power’s Stayers Hurdle at Cheltenham two years in succession for a syndicate of 30 people. The two great horses were paraded around Kilbeggan at the last meeting to the delight of the attendance and received a great reception. Gordon Elliott’s Level Neverending had a battle in the betting with Willie Mullin’s Baby Zeus in a maiden hurdle but he won easily in the end by 8 lengths. Mullin’s horse Hors Piste who ran at Cheltenham and was third in a Grade 1 at Fairyhouse, showed his class by winning the novice hurdle easily. John Patrick Ryan trained Bonarc owned by the interesting Mules and Tools syndicate proved that the horse was no “mule” in the handicap hurdle by winning by 10 lengths.

Next Sunday will have two featured races with J.P.McManus sponsoring the Adare Manor Hurdle race and the Entegro Handicap Chase of €20,000  is sponsored by them. Entegro is at the forefront of Telecommunications technology, designing and deploying gigabit networks for generations. They work with communities ,industries, and service providers, to empower and connect people, homes, and businesses in urban  and rural areas. A special project supported by Kilbeggan Racecourse is  Hooves 4 Hospice which is a Lions Clubs fundraising project with a target of €1 million to go towards the cost of the new Midland Regional Hospice. Thanks to the generosity of farmers in particular and the wider agri sector in general that challenging target is within reach. Kilbeggan Racecourse is pleased to support this very worthwhile initiative.

MUSIC IN THE AIR

Music will be in the air on the track with a live band Gorilla Radio  playing in the marquee and a DJ  on the track. Formed 13 years ago, Gorilla Radio have graced most of the well-known pubs and clubs in Ireland to this point. With their high-energy on-stage presence and an eclectic mix of old and modern pop and rock covers, this band know how to entertain, whether you’re into Ed Sheeran, Queen and everything in between. Gorilla Radio will have you dancing the night away !  A Sunday meeting is ideal for the young to the young at heart, groups, families and punters, who will have great jump racing and maybe a few winners!

Special Discount Packages

Our normal admission ticket to our race meetings is €15. We are offering special discounts for staff, customers and friends on admission tickets at €12 each for groups of 10 or more.

Summer Party Pack Packages

We have our Special Discounted Summer Party Pack from €23 per person which includes admission ticket + 2 X €5 food/ drink vouchers and race card for groups of 10 or more.

Book Tickets online to avail of our discounts on www.kilbegganraces.com 

Kind Regards,

Paddy Dunican

Managing Director

Kilbeggan Races

Contact our Office on 057 93 32176