IT seems only a few weeks ago that the season of racing started in Kilbeggan but it will be just over four months, since that opening fixture on Apri 29, when the final meeting takes place next Friday, September 2 at 4.35pm with seven races.
It has been a difficult year because of the cold and wet weather at every meeting but having said that patrons still turned up in considerable numbers for the family days, Midlands National day and other fixtures making a very good year for Kilbeggan with seven successful meetings already.
Punters Day at August Meeting: It has been difficult for punters this season at many meeting but at the last fixture the tide turned, as the bookies drowned in a series of successful gambles. On an 8 race card 3 favourites and 2 joint favourites won, as popular jockeys like Barry Geraghty, Davie Russell and Nina Carberry delivered on Asymmetrical, Riotman, and Brough Academy. Dessie Hughes continued his great run when Pistol Jack won the novice chase and Rocco’s Hall returned to form to win the other novice chase over 3 miles 1 furlong. The evening brightened up as the sun appeared and many smiling faces left with pockets full and looking forward to the final meeting.
September Meeting: The final meeting of the year should provide plenty of good racing with 2 sponsored races including a 2 ½ mile novice chase sponsored by Midland Breeders who are supporting Kilbeggan and the Breeders Fund mares hurdle is sponsored by the European Breeder’s Fund. It is the time of year for the Leading Jockey and Leading Trainer Award.
The leaders in the Greville Arms Hotel Leading Jockey Award are E.J.O’Connell on 6 winners and Bryan Cooper on 4 winners. Amazingly, both of these very talented jockey’s can still claim 3 lbs but they are ahead of Paul Carberry, Davie Russell, 7 Nina Carbwerry all on 3 winners.
The Paddy Dunican Auctioneer & Valuer Leading Trainer Award is headed by Dessie Hughes who has been so successful over the years in Kilbeggan and his recent treble has helped him into the lead on 5 winners and the only possible danger to him is Eoin Griffin on 3 winners.
If you betting next Friday it might be best to follow Messrs O’Connell, Cooper and Dessie Hughes.
It is bound to be a wonderful sunny day next Friday as traditionally it’s always fine when the goods return to school. Why not head out to Kilbeggan for one last throw of the dice, meet friends, enjoy the music, sunshine and have a few winners. Remember the first race starts at 4.35pm.