IN a newspaper report on Kilbeggan races 100 years ago it was described as the ‘Punchestown of the Midlands’, which is ironic as the first two meetings are either side of the Punchestown Festival.
Recent Kilbeggan bumper winners like Askanna who hammered a large field led home by Mossey Joe and Uncle Junior also won readily at Punchestown. It might be worth watching out for a few Punchestown losers running at Kilbeggan to set you up for a successful evening of punting.
The first Saturday evening meeting of the year is this Saturday, May 14 at 5.50pm. The traditional May meeting goes back to the middle of the C19 and many people still consider it the most important meeting for a get together with family & friends.
Four Sponsored Races
The first ever sponsored race in Kilbeggan took place in 1973 and next Saturday four races are being sponsored.
The Irish Farmer’s Association (IFA) have contributed very much to the development of agriculture, as a major part of the Irish economy and next Saturday they are generously sponsoring the Beginner’s Chase over 2 ½ miles to support the importance of house breeding to the agriculture industry.
FBD Insurance are sponsoring a hurdle race of €19,000 over 3 miles and the Westmeath County Council are sponsoring the Belvedere House, gardens, and Park Handicap Chase of €16,000. Paul Daly, Chairman of the Kilbeggan Race Committee is sponsoring the Cornaher Handicap Hurdle. It all adds up to a great evening of entertainment and good racing at Kilbeggan next Saturday at 5.40pm.