A feast of family fun at Kilbeggan Races on Sunday

THE beginning of June means a bank holiday, exams starting, and hopes of sunshine bursting out all over. It also means that Kilbeggan races steps up a notch with its Family Fun day on Sunday, June 5 starting at 2.50pm.

THE beginning of June means a bank holiday, exams starting, and hopes of sunshine bursting out all over. It also means that Kilbeggan races steps up a notch with its Family Fun day on Sunday, June 5 starting at 2.50pm.

Oscar Wilde said, “The best way to make children good is to make them happy.” And this Sunday the Kilbeggan Race Committee hope not just to make them happy but to enthral them with a menu of great entertainment.

Admission to the races is €15 but there is a wonderful family package of €25 for 2 adults with children under 16 free. The Family Fun Day means that all entertainment is free once the children are inside. This will include a 45 foot obstacle course, large combi castle with slide, face painter, balloon maker, DJ doing karaoke competition and party games in character costumes plus a candy floss machine.

Family Fun Day is also about adults and racing therefore there is some top class racing with five sponsored races. This includes two new sponsors, Angus Beef Ireland who are sponsoring the novice chase and Michael Moore Car Sales Mercedes of Portarlington and Athlone are sponsoring a handicap hurdle.

The Bloomfield House Hotel sponsor the mares hurdle, J.P.McManus is sponsoring the Martinstown Handicap Hurdle and Dunbia, Kilbeggan sponsor the handicap chase over 3 miles 1 furlong. It should lead to good quality racing with all the thrills and spills of good National Hunt Racing.

The local Gigginstown House Stud recorded a double in the two chases at the last meeting with Sorted and Guts and Garters and perhaps they might strike again next Sunday.

Potentially, this meeting could be one of the greatest in the long history of this historic racecourse and anyone in the midlands or further a field should not miss the opportunity to be there. Saddle up early, gallop to the track, and bring all the family to this event. Remember the first race is at 2.50pm.