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Bank Holiday Buzz at Kilbeggan Next Sunday

Published: 21st May 2015

In many respects the bank holiday weekend at the end of May represents the start of summer for most families.

Secondary schools close for the summer and the Leaving Certificate is always associated with warm sunny weather for the participants, ending one part of their life, and starting off another. Next Sunday is a great opportunity for an afternoon family get together at Kilbeggan races, to remember the past and look forward to the future. The first race commences at 2.50 PM and the Kilbeggan Executive is ready and waiting to present a great day out for families.

FAMILY FUN DAY AND FREE ENTERTAINMENT
The Family Fun Day will mean free entertainment for the younger ones a bungee run, super slide, castle, obstacle course, face painting, Micky Mouse, music, karaoke, and much more. Admission for adults is €13, students & OAP’s €10, with discounts for groups including a Special Family Discount Package of €20 including 2 adults with children under 16 free. If the sun shines there is a great sense of joy and even regular racing patrons enjoy the sheer exuberance of children enjoying themselves. In racing terms there is over €78,000 in prize money with three handicaps including the Streamstown Handicap Chase of €16,000 over 3 miles and 1 furlong. The Kilbeggan Mares Hurdle has produced some very good horses in the past few years with Willie Mullins usually having a good horse for the race. The first early afternoon meeting on a popular Sunday should bring the usual great atmosphere, especially as you have no work the next day.

LOCAL WINS AT MAY MEETING
The weather was not kind at the last meeting but a few local wins and a few gambles warmed the hearts of punters. The ever popular Dot Love won with Lucky Pat at Kilbeggan last year and this Galway winner turned out to record his second Kilbeggan win at a very juicy 4/1F, with a powerful ride by Davy Russell. The novice hurdle was won by Jessica Harrington’s Duckweed who flowered and bloomed in the novice hurdle, when well backed. Duckweed began her career in the point to point fields and was owned by Kieran Guinness, Halston, Co Westmeath. It was another popular success for the local owner who is involved in the local hunt and point to points. A large group of staff from Paddy Powers participated in the gamble on well named Thumb Stone Blues in the bumper lifting the whole atmosphere with their verbal encouragement. The horse was backed from 20/1 to 11/2.

Let’s hope for more of the same next Sunday where there will be a good atmosphere in Kilbeggan with the Knighthood Festival on for the weekend. Kilbeggan Races is the place to be next Sunday at around 2.50PM, so why not be part of it.

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