It is that time of year again when the Kilbeggan racing season ends after another fascinating year. Four months and 8 meetings later we can look back on a memorable year, where even the weather relented for the two main meetings in July and August. The grand finale commences next Friday, September 7 commencing at 4.40pm with seven races.
The Kilbeggan race committee like many others have a major task in delivering successful race meetings in the middle of a recession and the bad weather over the past few years. However there is great support across the midlands for the races and this year it has been populated by everyone from the Students Evening to the Active Retirement group, who enlivened the last meeting.
The Midlands National meeting on a fine evening was the most successful for years with the attendance well up and it was followed by a glorious evening on 11th August. These two meetings have provided two of the most successful best dressed ladies competitions in recent times. The last three meeting had increased attendances on the previous year. Given the right circumstances, Kilbeggan will continue to deliver a great evening for families, punters, and groups into next year.
The last meeting took place in heavy ground which brought a number of shock results but Swampfire (9/4) and the locally trained Loughnagall (9/10) ridden by Barry Geraghty relieved some of the pressure on punters.
This year has brought a lot of success for Dessie Hughes and jockey Bryan Cooper especially with the triple success of course specialist Chase the Favourite.
Next Friday will decide who will win the Greville Arms Hotel Leading Jockey Award and Paddy Dunican Auctioneer & Valuer Leading Trainer Award. The European Breeders Fund are sponsoring the Irish Stallion Farms Mares Hurdle of €13,000; the Midland Breeders Supporting Kilbeggan are sponsoring the novice chase of €8,750; and Angus Beef Ireland are sponsoring a condition’s hurdle of €15,000.
With such good quality competitive races it should be a good race meeting for punters and as this is the last opportunity to get out in Kilbeggan why not take the time to bring along a few friends, enjoy the atmosphere & music before the dark nights settle in. Don’t forget the first race starts at 4.40pm.