Ladies Day at Roscommon Races

Ladies get ready. And gentlemen get ready too. The two-day festival at Roscommon Racecourse takes place this coming Monday and Tuesday, July 9 and 10.

Ladies get ready. And gentlemen get ready too. The two-day festival at Roscommon Racecourse takes place this coming Monday and Tuesday, July 9 and 10.

The ever popular Ladies Day is one of the features of the Roscommon racing calendar and this Monday is certain to prove no different. And once again Littlewoods Ireland is sponsoring the event, which includes an excellent prize package. First prize is a €2,000 Shopping Spree with Littlewoods Ireland.

The other nine finalists will receive a €100 Littlewoods Ireland Shopping Spree. Celebrity judge on the evening will be the well known Caroline Morahan, the face of Littlewoods Ireland.

“Ladies Day is always is always one of the most exciting meetings of the year. We’re delighted to have Caroline Morahan judging the event. There are great prizes for the best dressed ladies and the prize money is also very big for the feature race,” said racecourse manager, Michael Finneran.

Proceedings kick off on Monday with the first race at 6 pm. The feature race of the evening is the Lenebane Stakes with €40,000 in prize money. This is a listed flat race over one and a half miles and was won last year by Quest for Peace who went on to win a Group 3 race at Ascot. Lightening Pearl, another winner on the evening also went on to win a Group 1 race at Newmarket.

Other sponsors on the evening are EBF, Supervalu and Property Partners Earley Auctioneers.

“We have a good following of people across every age group and it’s important that we cater for everyone’s needs, something we feel we’re always striving to do.”

On Tuesday evening, racing begins at 5.55 p.m. and racing consists of five hurdle races and two bumpers. The feature race on the card is the Leo Dolan Memorial Handicap Hurdle with Pyramid Bookmakers also continuing their generous sponsorship at this meeting.

“We’re keeping our fingers crossed that we’ll have a bit more luck weather-wise for the meeting. We were bitterly disappointed to lose the second day of our last meeting but it’s just one of those things that happens from time to time.

“I cannot stress enough how thankful we are to our sponsors and loyal followers. We have great support through difficult times and that’s something that in itself sums up the spirit of the people in the greater community to ensure Roscommon maintains its reputation as a leading country track,” noted Mr Finneran.

There will be music in the main bar after the second last race on both evenings by Henry and the Usual Suspects.

For a taste of the best in the fashion stakes, guaranteed quality racing and a great atmosphere that is synonymous with Roscommon, next week’s two-day meeting is sure to attract a large volume of punters.

Why not log in to www.roscommonracecourse.ie where you will be able to see a short video of action from the June 11, meeting, an initiative that Roscommon Race Committee have received much praise for. Admission for both days is: Adults: €13; OAP/Students: €8. Attractive group discounts available. Enquiries: 087 2203288. Email: roscommonracecourse@eircom.net.