Racing returns to Kilbeggan

KILBEGGAN races would not normally take place during Easter week or between the festivals of Fairyhouse and Punchestown but in this unique year the first fixture is on this Friday at 5.15pm.

KILBEGGAN races would not normally take place during Easter week or between the festivals of Fairyhouse and Punchestown but in this unique year the first fixture is on this Friday at 5.15pm.

Between now and September eight great meetings will take place providing a repertoire of exciting racing, family fun, glorious glamour, melodic music, and a summer of socialising in the unique surroundings of Kilbeggan races. Go racing and you will understand the value of joy and laughter in a great atmosphere.

Last year was a very good year for Kilbeggan with large crowds enjoying some great evenings as the weather relented. Over €50,000 has been spent on improvements for this year including drainage on parts of the track and car park, which will leave a better surface for the horses and jockeys, and also leave much better car parks.

For this meeting there will be a free race card competition with four tickets to Punchestown races on Tuesday, May 3 plus overnight accommodation in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel.

To add to your prospects of winning at Punchestown the following week, Des Scahill will be interviewing trainers in the parade ring, between races, on horses running at Punchestown. This will be an ideal opportunity to get some good tips for the big meeting but you will have to be at Kilbeggan or you could miss the chance of a few winners.

Four sponsored races with a total value of €38,000 will be the highlight of the meeting including a maiden hurdle sponsored by the Kilbeggan Races Patron’s Club, a handicap hurdle over three miles is sponsored by the Greville Arms Hotel, the Sean Hughes Memorial Handicap Chase of €10,500 is sponsored by the Mullingar Park Hotel and the European Breeder’s Fund is sponsoring the Beginner’s Chase over two and a half miles.