The July two-day meeting here at Roscommon Racecourse is fast approaching and there is something for everyone with the Lebenae Stakes, the SuperValu Best Dressed Lady Competition and National Hunt Racing on the agenda.
By Dave Keena
The Listed Lenabane Stakes is Monday’s feature and Kalaxana, a recent winner of the Ulster Oaks will step up into stakes company for the first time, according to her trainer Michael Halford.
Commenting earlier Halford said “She is an improving filly and won the Ulster Oaks well and her owner His Highness The Aga Khan loves to get black type, especially for his fillies and this home bred is well worth her place in the line-up at Roscommon. I think she’ll appreciate the step up to a mile and a half and she has come forward since her last win” he added.
The ever-popular Ladies Day on Monday the 9th July is once again generously sponsored by SuperValu in the greater Roscommon region. First Prize is €1,200, while the other nine finalists will receive a €100 prize. Celebrity Judge on the evening will be Award Winning Irish Hat Designer Jennifer Wrynne. The Leitrim native said “I’m absolutely thrilled to judge the SuperValu Ladies Day at Roscommon on Monday, 9th July, especially as Roscommon is one of my local tracks and I go to their Ladies Day there every year. When I started in millinery, Sile Seoige and Pippa O’Connor wore my hats to judge Roscommon’s Ladies Day and it really boosted my business. I love colour and attention to detail, so I’ll be keeping an eye out for lots of vibrant shades, accessories and of course lots of wonderful hats.”
Monday’s Meeting is a Flat Card with the feature being the listed Lenebane Stakes. Tuesday is an all National Hunt card, made up of 5 hurdle races, and a bumper and it is anticipated the one of the hurdle races will be divided to make a 7-race card.
On Tuesday we are giving one lucky attendee at our Meeting the opportunity to Name at Race at one of our Meetings later in the season! All paying customers on the evening will be entered into a Draw with the winner receiving the chance to add the name of their choice to a Race at an upcoming Meeting. The winner will also be be invited to attend “their Race” and to present the trophy to the winning owner.
Roscommon Racecourse Manager Michael Finneran would like thank all the sponsors supporting the two-day fixture. They include the EBF, Property Partners Earley Auctioneers, Roscommon Herald, Diageo and SuperValu, Co. Roscommon, Connolly Red Mills, JP McManus, Helen Mee-O’Farrelly and the Dolan Family.
The prize for the Best Turned Out Horse in each race on Monday is sponsored by Lynch Flooring, Golf Links Road, Roscommon. On Tuesday the prize for the Best Turned Out Horse in each race is sponsored by P. Kelly’s The Last Stand, Roscommon.
On Monday, there is music in the main bar after the second last race from Henry and The Usual Suspects and on Tuesday, there is music in the main bar after the second last race with Billy Garvin. Scruffy Duffy Entertainment will be on hand throughout Tuesday evening to entertain the kids.
At our last fixture, Davy Russell was back in the winners enclosure, on his first ride after he took the best part of a month off, when he guided Pat Doyle’s Kaiser Black to a comfortable success in the thetote.com Connacht National. The 7 year old loved the good ground and won what was a very competitive contest and connections must be tempted to have a go at thetote.com Galway Plate, a race that Russell won last year on subsequent Grade 1 winner Balko Des Flos.
Attractive deals are available for groups of all sizes. Call Michael on 090 6626231 or 087 2203288 to discuss a personalised package to suit your needs.
Priced at €35 The “Ros Special” includes Admission, a Race Card, a Two Course Meal and a €10 betting voucher. It can be purchased here or at the Stile on the day of a Meeting.
Check out on facebook.com/RoscommonRacecourse for the chance to win Tickets and more.