Roscommon set for two day meeting

A view of the parade ring in Roscommon
The first two-day meeting of the year at Roscommon with a top class field expected for the Connacht National gets underway on Monday next, June 8, with the first race takes place at 6 pm.

The first two-day meeting of the year at Roscommon with a top class field expected for the Connacht National gets underway on Monday next, June 8, with the first race takes place at 6 pm.

With the first white flag of the year greeted with much anticipation last month, a meeting that was a huge success, next week’s two-day meeting is expected to have a number of pointers for the season ahead.

The feature race on Monday is thetote.com Connacht National with a prizefund of €26,500. This is a handicap steeplechase ran over three miles and 100 yards. This race is aimed to attract potential Galway Plate runners.

“We were unfortunate with the weather for the first meeting to kickstart the season. We’ll be expecting a great atmosphere for the first two-day meeting. There was great celebrations for one of the winners with local connections and it’s always nice to see a winner from the region,” said Racecourse manager, Michael Finneran.

Another race for National Hunt followers will be The Dermot Hughes Car Sales Novice Steeplechase where stars of the future are likely to feature. The first race on the card is The Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Auction Maiden (Plus 10 Race), which is another race that should be a guide for future winners of big races. Monday’s card is made up of four flat and three steeplechases. The Best Turned Out Horse in each of these races is sponsored by YK Signs, Athleague.

On Tuesday, June 9, racing starts at 5.40 pm, with a full national hunt card including six hurdle races and a bumper down for decision.

Local sponsors are again present at this meeting with The Ivan Connaughton Auctioneer Handicap and The Harry Farrell Memorial Maiden Hurdle. The Best Turned Out Horse in each race is sponsored by Dalton’s Bar, Fuerty.

As always, there will be music in the main bar after the second last race. On Monday music is provided by Henry and The Usual Suspects while on Tuesday, Billy Garvin will entertain the crowd.

Admission for adults €13 with OAPs and Students €8. Patrons can of the Ros Special for €30, which includes admission, race card, two-course meal and a €10 betting voucher. Discounts available on group bookings.

All enquiries to (087) 2203288 Email: roscommonracecourse@eircom.net.Check out www.roscommonracecourse.ie for updates.