Kilbeggan Races 17 June19
GALWAY PLATE TRIAL AT KILBEGGAN RACES NEXT MONDAY
The Galway races is synonymous with great summer racing and people set aside the week as they look forward to the races and all the fun & entertainment that goes with it. Next Monday 17th June Kilbeggan will link up with the Galway Executive with a trial race for the Galway Plate that could give a great insight to the big race. The fixture commences at 6.00PM with 7 races.
WILL THE GALWAY PLATE WINNER BE RUNNING AT KILBEGGAN NEXT MONDAY?
Paddy Dunican, Manager said “Galway Races are celebration their 150th Summer Festival this year, we are honoured to be part of their celebration with Galway Race Committee sponsoring the Galway Plate Trial Handicap Steeplechase of €30,000 at our race meeting on Monday 17th June next. We are delighted that Galway Race Committee have chosen Kilbeggan to stage one of the two qualifying races for the tote.com Galway Plate of €300,000, which is the richest steeplechase of the summer racing season”. The Kilbeggan trial will be just under 2miles 4 furlongs and another trial race will be held in Limerick in July. The winners of these two races will now obtain an automatic place in thetote.com Galway Plate, provided that these horses are within the Handicap. This is an exciting development and should guarantee a great race. The first ever winner of the Galway Plate 150 years ago was Absentee owned by the Bell family and many great Galway Plate winners ran in Kilbeggan from the legendary great Clonsheever (winner in 1923/24), Privit (1917), to Midland’s National winner Rockholm Boy in 2002, when trained by the great Michael Hourigan.
MID SUMMER EVENING RACING
With over €110,000 in prize money at this meeting and the sponsored Carmel Way Novice Chase of €15,000 it looks like an evening of great racing. Interestingly, a number of good novice chasers have raced in Kilbeggan recently. At the last meeting Willie Mullin’s Robin De Carlow won the novice chase easily (he had won a listed and Grade 3 hurdle race) and looks very useful. The first race was won by Paddy Buns at 50/1 with Kevin Brouder his jockey getting a spare ride and he had only been bought by the owners a few weeks before. The well-bred expensive horse Cavalry Master10/1 trained by Henry De Bromhead and owned by Gigginstown House, comfortably beat Willie Mullin’s favourite Think Positive in the bumper.
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 for a group of 10 or more. Book now at www.kilbegganraces.com. It looks like an interesting evening of racing and don’t that it begins at 6pm next Monday
Press Release 24/05/2019
SUMMER FESTIVAL OF RACING AT KILBEGGAN NEXT SUNDAY
The recent warm weather gives people the first scent of summer. In racing terms, the quality of racing gets better, the attendance grows, and the atmosphere heightens, as Summer party begins. Next Sunday is the first Bank Holiday meeting at Kilbeggan, as they present the Summer Sunday Festival on 2nd June for your entertainment at 2pm.
SUMMER SUNDAY FESTIVAL
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”.
In order to build up the excitement there is nothing better than a good 3- mile chase. This year there is the new featured Kilmurray’s Homevalue Hardware Handicap Chase of €30,000 over 3 miles 1 furlong, generously sponsored by Dermot & Conor Kilmurray, Mullingar. Kilmurray’s Homevalue Hardware are builder’s providers, DIY, sand & ready-mix concrete supply the greater midlands region with top quality products. It’s backed up by two other good races. J.P McManus is sponsoring the Adare Manor Maiden Hurdle of €13,000 and the Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar are sponsoring the Mares Hurdle of €13,000.
With Live Music and a DJ, music will be echoing across the track, as people enjoy one of the best social occasions of the midlands. Kilbeggan track is compact, which keeps people together with food, drink, betting, laughter, dancing, friends, family all creating a joyful atmosphere in the air. Its not something you want to miss. Admission Prices: 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.
MAY MEETING – GET A WINNER AND PUT THE KETTLE ON!
This year got off to a great start with a significant increase in attendance at our last race meeting. The May meeting was good for punters with four favourites winning in a row. Everyone loved Dot Love when her well backed 4/1F Gottnenod won with Cathal Landers on board. The best race of the day in quality was the Noel O’Brien Novice Chase won by Henry De Bromhead’s Judgement Day 9/4F. He had won four of his previous five races and was 5th to Delta Work in a Grade 1 at the Leopardstown Christmas meeting. The trainer has a double with the only mare in the novice chase the appropriately named Put the Kettle On ridden by Robbie Power in a great finish. Gordon Elliott had a double with Arctic Sofia and Mill Quest 7/4F, who owed a lot to jockey Davy Russell.
If next Sunday’s Festival meeting is as good for punters it looks like being a special bank holiday afternoon and don’t forget the first race is at 2PM.
Press Release 14/05/2019
KILBEGGAN WELCOMES AINTREE HERO TIGER ROLL TO THE RACES NEXT FRIDAY
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.
TIGER ROLL, GORDON ELLIOTT AND THE KILBEGGAN CONNECTION
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.
A GREAT EVENINGS RACING WITH SPONSORED RACES
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
ANOTHER GREAT YEAR OF NATIONAL HUNT RACING BEGINS AT KILBEGGAN NEXT FRIDAY
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.
BETVICTOR AND FOUR SPONSORED 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.
ENJOYABLE EVENING OF RACING AND YOU CAN’T WIN WITHOUT THE HORSE!
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.