Kilbeggan NewsPress Release
August 29th 2014
AN OUTSTANDING YEAR OF RACING SUCCESS AT KILBEGGANIt is sometimes said that a satisfied customer is the best business strategy of all and there is no doubt that at Kilbeggan races this year the customers enjoyed themselves, and helped to make it the most successful year in recent times. After seven very successful meetings the grand finale will take place next Friday 5th September starting at 4.25PM. This will be the last big social event of the year in the midlands and the Executive are issuing an invitation to join us to celebrate an outstanding year at Kilbeggan Races.
LAST RACE MEETING OF THE YEAR
Paddy Dunican, Manager of the racecourse stated that “We are delighted that we are celebrating another superb year in 2014.For the third year in a row we have experienced a significant growth in attendance and in particular a major increase in the number of people coming in groups. The quality of horses has also improved, which has created more competitive and exciting racing for all our fans. This year many of Ireland’s top trainers won races at Kilbeggan including Aidan O’Brien, Dermot Weld, and Dessie Hughes”. Indeed it has many years since Aidan O’Brien had a runner in Kilbeggan but in June he won with King of Leon 11/8F and also was placed with Beach of Falesa. Dermot Weld also had a success with punter’s favourite Manhattan Song. The remarkable Dessie Hughes had 7 winners with one at each of the 7 meetings so it will be a unique achievement if he completes the year next Friday with another win. Many useful horses ran in Kilbeggan this year including Galway winners Greatness & Lucky Pat to Pink Hat, Bally Longford, Indevan, Cailin Annamh, Queen Alphabet, Tempest Mill, Seefood etc. Undoubedly, the most remarkable was when Caim Hill won the Midlands National from Rivage D’or and Fever Pitch as he won the same race in 2012 and won his first bumper at Kilbeggan in 2008. All his wins at his favourite track took place in May. His jockey Brian O’Connell had a double celebration as his wife gave birth to a girl the day before the race.
FIVE SPONSORED RACES
The final race meeting will have 7 races with prize money over €80,000 and with five of the seven races sponsored the racing will be exciting & competitive. The card will consist of four hurdle races, two chases and the bumper and the races are being generously sponsored by J.P.McManus; the Kilbeggan Patron’s Club; the Midland Breeder’s Supporting Kilbeggan; the Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar and Pavxpress. In addition the Greville Arms Hotel, Mullingar are sponsoring the Leading Jockey Award and Paddy Dunican, Auctioneer & Valuer the Leading Trainer Award. At the moment Dessie Hughes looks certain to be crowned Leading Trainer with 7 winners and only Gordon Elliott with 4 has any chance of catching him. The Leading Jockey Award is quite the opposite with Barry Geraghty on 4 wins and four jockeys David Casey, M.P.Walsh, Brian Hayes and Davy Russell all on 3 winners. It should be a very close call in this category.
This year’s racing has been about family, friends, Best Dressed Ladies, fine weather, large crowds, lively music, children playing, and punter’s winning. This is your final chance to live the Kilbeggan Races Experience so why not take it and turn up before the starting time of 4.25PM. As they say You’re Worth it.!
July 21st 2014
Lisa McGowan from Tullamore Crowned Kilbeggan Races Midlands National Best Dressed Lady
A top-quality prize worth €2,500 was awarded to Tullamore-native Lisa McGowan at Kilbeggan Races on Friday July 18th, after she was chosen as the winner of the Best Dressed Lady competition at the annual Midlands National meeting.
Sponsored by the Wineport Lodge and Dundrum Town Centre, the prize included a ‘Woman of Style’ weekend package in the luxury hotel on the banks of Lough Ree, in Glasson and a €1000 VIP shopping experience with assistance from a Dundrum Town Centre stylist.
Close to 7,000 racegoers came through the gates at Kilbeggan on Friday, with 150 ladies selected to join judges, Marietta Doran, RTE Racing fashion expert and Fiona Hayes, stylist for Dundrum Town Centre for a glass of sparkling wine in the Judging Marquee. The judges eventually managed to whittle the group down to ten finalists who were taken to the parade ring, where the winner was announced. Wearing a cream dress, accessorised with a red handbag, headpiece and shoes, Lisa McGowan, who works in C.P. McGowan Insurance in Tullamore, was the number one choice of both judges.
After being announced as the winner, Lisa McGowan, said: “I’m just so thrilled to have won. I still can’t believe it. I was invited into the Judging Marquee before but I’ve never been a finalist. It’s such an honour to be chosen as the winner – all of the ladies look fab! I’d like to thank Electric Candy in Tullamore for my dress and Pamela Curtin Millinery for my headpiece. I’m really looking forward to staying in the Wineport Lodge and I can’t wait to go on a shopping spree in Dundrum town centre without having to spend any money.”
Kilbeggan Racecourse Manager Paddy Dunican said: “Despite the negative weather forecast, our flagship Midlands National meeting was a great success with nearly 7,000 people enjoying a sunny evening of racing and top-class fashion. We’re always keen to grow attendances so it’s great to have entertainment and best dressed competitions drawing a crowd. The winner of our Best Dressed Lady was a very popular winner, as she is well-known in the local area and was at the races with a group of friends on a social outing from one of the Tullamore pubs. I’d very much like to thank our sponsors the Wineport Lodge and Dundrum Town Centre, who have been associated with this meeting for three years now.”
MIDLANDS NATIONAL DAY AT KILBEGGAN AS LADIES COMPETE IN HIGH FASHION STAKES
The Midland’s National Day at Kilbeggan has been described as “the Midland’s Social Event of the Year” for a very good reason .The race worth €50,000 has become the most prestigious chase of the summer racing season outside the Galway Plate and the Best Dressed Ladies Competition is indeed the style event of the year in midland’s. The combination of combative quality racing and competitive elegant style means that you have to be at Kilbeggan racecourse next Friday evening, 18th July, starting at 5.55pm or you will miss out on a great social evening.
The Midlands National is now established as one of the best summer chases on the racing calendar. Last year it was won by Double Seven, who was a course specialist winning three races between 24th June and 10th August including the Midland’s National. The quality of the race is shown by the fact that Double Seven was 10/1 joint favourite for the Aintree Grand National and ridden by Tony McCoy who was only beaten around 5 lengths by Pineau De Re and Balthazar King. Liberty Counsel (another course specialist) was last year’s Irish Grand winner and also twice ran unsuccessfully in the Midlands National. You could be looking at a future Aintree or Irish Grand National winner next Friday, so make sure to be there for this thrilling spectacle. In addition to the big chase sponsored races include the Michael Moore Car Sales Mercedes-Benz handicap hurdle; the Coola Maiden Hurdle sponsored by Committee member Tom Lynam, who knows every blade of grass on the track.; the novice chase is sponsored by the European Breeder’s Fund; the mares hurdle is in honour of Tom McCormack former Secretary of the Committee and with over €100,000 in prize money the racing will be competitive as regular race goers know.
BEST DRESSED LADIES COMPETITION
Celebrated fashion presented for RTE and Channel 4 racings Marietta Doran presented the Best Dressed Ladies Competition last year and it was won by Marie Therese Nally, who proved the point that what is important in a dress is the woman who is wearing it. Marietta will again be presenting it the competition next Friday and the Wineport Lodge and Dundrum Town Centre are sponsoring a prize in excess of €2,000 including a €1,000 shopping spree at Dundrum Town Centre and a Woman of Style Weekend at the Luxurious Wineport Lodge in Glasson. Finalists, for the Best Dressed Lady competition will be selected throughout the evening and will enjoy a champagne reception at the Wineport Lodge marquee before the winner is announced.
In C18 there was a phrase coined that “Good clothes open all doors”, so ladies this is an opportunity for you to win a great prize while having fun in congenial company and perhaps open a few doors into your future? The evening is about drama, glamour, fun, music, etc in the midst of great racing and a perfect time of the year to meet up with family & friends. Admission for adults is €12, Students and OAP’s €10, with a discount for groups & children under 16 are free. The Special Family Discount Package is €20 with 2 adults and children under 16 free with free bouncing castles, obstacle course etc.
Remember that the 7 race card starts at 5.55PM and it is advisable to be early and avoid the traffic. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.kilbegganraces.com
FAMILY FUN DAY AT KILBEGGAN RACES
Horse racing is about family fun and people of all ages from eight to eighty enjoying a great day out. The third Kilbeggan race meeting of the year is on next Sunday 1st June commencing at 2.50Pm. All the ingredients for the social outing of the year are present with a Bank Holiday weekend; the Kilbeggan Knighthood Festival on from Friday 30th May –Sunday 1st June; and a Family Fun Day for all.
FAMILY FUN DAY
The Family Fun Day is now one of the major events on May-June Bank Holiday weekend, with free entertainment for children. There is a special family discount package for €20 covering two adults with children under 16 free. There is an inflatable village and kid’s zone, super slides, obstacle courses, bouncing castles, bungee runs, music, dancing, colouring competition etc plus Mick Mouse. It will be a great opportunity for parents to relax as their kids head off at full throttle to enjoy the free entertainment .In 1914 “one hundred cars were counted on the course, aside from an innumerable collection of motor & push bikes”. Next Sunday a much larger number of vehicles are expected, as all roads lead to Kilbeggan Races.
KNIGHTHOOD FESTIVAL AND RACING
The third year of the Kilbeggan Knighthood Festival from Friday to Sunday will mean that the Lord & Lady for 2014 will be present at the races to add a touch of C18 glamour and fun to proceedings. The 7 race card will have a very interesting mix of a conditional mares hurdle, two very competitive hurdle races at 2 and 3 miles, the Mullingar Beginner’s Chase has produced some useful horses in the past and the Streamstown Chase will be a good trial for the Midland’s National.
At the very successful May meeting Davy Russell had a double with the locally owned and bred Queen Alphabet trained by Peter Fahey. Cathal Ennis bred the horse and Carmel Ennis & Catherine Burke owned him. Russell’s other winner was Jessica Harrington’s Gimli’s Rock in the conditions hurdle. Paul Duggan was a local successful trainer with Long House Hall in the first. The only winning favourite was Gordon Elliot’s Rajih who had some luck when Aces & King’s won the handicap chase.
The scene is set, the cast are ready, and all that is needed is a good attendance and some sunshine, to make this one of the great days at Kilbeggan Races. Make sure you arrive early as the first race is at 2.50 PM
Family Fun Day this June Bank Holiday Weekend
Kilbeggan Races is on this Bank Holiday Sunday, June 1st with the first race at 2.50pm.
This is the ideal meeting to attend for all comers and all ages with just the right amount of activities taking place. Along with thrilling racing see the return of Family Fun Day with live entertainment, special guest appearances, children’s area including bouncing castle, large super slide, obstacle course, a great two hour magic show, colouring competition, face painting, Mickey Mouse & much more. Come early and enjoy the fun at your ease.
As it is Family Fun Day you can enjoy a Family Discount Package of €20 for two adults and two children under 18. All the entertainment is then free for children.
KILBEGGAN RACES STARTS A NEW SEASON NEXT FRIDAY
It is that time of the year, as we swing into a season of 8 great racing days at Kilbeggan. With a hint of summer in the air after the Easter Holiday, regulars will be looking forward to the first race meeting next Friday 25th April with the first race commencing at 4.50PM. It may be on between Fairyhouse & Punchestown but racing at Kilbeggan has a life of its own, as shown by a successful 2013 year of racing.
Paddy Dunican, Manager said that “2013 was one of our best years ever at Kilbeggan with a 10% increase in the number of people attending over the year. We are very confident that we can build on last year’s success and we are looking forward to a great new season of racing with 8 race meetings planned from now until September”. Kilbeggan is pulling out all the stops to ensure that 2014 is jam packed with good racing, lively music and craic.
THREE SPONSORED RACES
The quality of racing in Kilbeggan is sometimes questioned but it is interesting to note that the joint favourite for the Aintree Grand National was Double Seven, a horse who was a course specialist at Kilbeggan in 2013 winning 3 races between 24th June and 10th August including the Midland’s National. Starting at 10/1 Joint Favourite and ridden by Tony McCoy he was only beaten just over 5 length’s by Pineau De Re and Balthazar King. At time of writing Gordon Elliot’s Cause of Causes is near favourite for the Irish Grand National and he won his maiden hurdle at Kilbeggan. With three sponsored races there is a distinct possibility that you could see horses of this quality next Friday.The 3 mile handicap hurdle is generously sponsored by The Greville Arms Hotel; the Mullingar Park Hotel is sponsoring the Sean Hughes Memorial Mullingar Park Hotel Handicap €10,500 of 3miles 1 furlong; and the mares novice chase of €12,000 is being sponsored by the European Breeder’s Fund.
With good weather & fine racing it should be a great evening and as it’s the first meeting of the year you can meet up with friends from work, school or even the golf club to have a get together in a relaxed atmosphere. The first race is at 4.50PM so make sure to arrive early.
Admission for adults is €12 , students & OAP’s € 10 with a special family discount for € 20 including 2 adults with children under 16 free.
Attendances Up At Kilbeggan Races As Track Fights Recession
Tullamore Tribune Thursday, 15 August 2013
ATTENDANCES increased this year at Kilbeggan Races as the Westmeath horse racing venue continues to thrive despite the recession. Speaking at the annual sponsors' buffet on Saturday evening, Kilbeggan secretary manager Paddy Dunican said ongoing hard work by the committee ensured another successful season for Kilbeggan Races. He described 2013 as a 'brilliant' year. 'We've increased our attendances significantly. Even in the current economic recession we're going through we still have staged five very successful race meetings so far, but we've also invested substantially in capital development,' said Mr Dunican. A total of 54 new horseboxes were built at the racecourse before the start of the 2013 season and Mr Dunican thanked Horse Racing Ireland for the grant-aid for that scheme. Mr Dunican said that in the past few years Kilbeggan Races made significant changes in how they ran their business, including the introduction of a vigorous marketing campaign embracing social media. Furthermore, Sunday racing has become part of the Kilbeggan calendar and Mr Dunican said the Sunday meeting this year was an outstanding success. Last month Kilbeggan hosted its biggest race of the year, the Gigginstown House Midlands National, sponsored by Michael O'Leary and the attendance on the day was up 25 per cent on 2012. Last Saturday's feature race was sponsored by Hackett's Bookmakers……. To continue reading click here
AUGUST HOLIDAY MEETING AT KILBEGGAN NEXT SATURDAY
Author and TV Personality Amanda Brunker to Judge Kilbeggan Best Dressed Lady
-€1,500 top prize on offer-
The wonderful hot weather of July may have warmed us all externally but more importantly it gave everyone a warm internal feeling leading to laughter and good humour everywhere we went. This was certainly reflected in the Gigginstown House Midland National meeting on 19th July with a huge attendance enjoying the best ever meeting since the race was first sponsored. Hopefully, this will be matched next Saturday evening at 5.15 PM when Kilbeggan presents its traditional August holiday meeting.
The Best Dressed Ladies Competition is being sponsored by Littlewoods Ireland with a top prize of € 1,500 shopping spree on offer and best selling author and TV personality Amanda Brunker will be the style judge. It’s always a great evening and another opportunity for ladies to dress up to win a great prize and remember ladies that the 9 remaining finalists will receive a € 100 shopping spree each. Racing fans will have plenty to look forward to with a 7 race card including the featured Hackett Bookmakers Handicap Race of € 16,000 generously sponsored by the Hackett family; Tom Birmingham Menswear, Mullingar are sponsoring the bumper race; Michael Moore Car Sales of Athlone & Portarlington are sponsoring a hurdle race; and also there is the Betpac maiden hurdle and the Bank House Family are sponsoring the Joe Cooney Cup which goes back to the 1950’s.
August is about school holidays and family outings therefore there is a great opportunity for you to have a fun outing at Kilbeggan. All entertainment is free inside the course with super slide, bungee run, small castle, obstacle course, face painting, various games etc and not forgetting Micky Mouse. Admission for adults is €12 , students & OAP’s € 10 with a special family discount for € 20 including 2 adults with children under 16 free.
This is the big holiday meeting of the year full of buzz & excitement which can only be experienced if you are there so arrive early and take in the atmosphere and hopefully sunshine.
For Further information please contact:
Paddy Dunican, Secretary Manager.
Tel: 057 933 2176, M: 087 2485548
For further information contact Paddy Dunican, Manager, The Racecourse, Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath. Phone (057) 9332176 or Fax (057) 9332125.