Killarney sets off on summer racing term
KILLARNEY Races started its summer season in style this week with a three-day meeting merging top class national hunt and flat racing.
Sunday was the opening day and was blessed with fine weather to complement the occasion.
The first race was off at 1:20pm by which time the large crowd had settled in nicely to enjoy a top afternoon’s action.
Fashion is never in short supply at Killarney Racecourse and, as usual, the fine weather proved a perfect companion to sartorial elegance.
With close to €400,000 in prize money up for grabs, it’s no surprise the quality of racing was of a high standard with the feature race on Sunday being the Grade B Redweld Stables Handicap Hurdle worth €50,000.
It was Neverushacon (4/1) with trainer Jessica Harrington and jockey Robbie Power taking the spoils. Having jumped a little right throughout, Power kept the Echo of Light gelding straight in the run in to finish strongly.
Monday’s action was an evening meeting and it created a great atmosphere as racegoers turned out in large numbers.
The feature race was the An Riocht Chase worth €23,600 to the winner. The JP McManus-owned Ballyoisin (5/4) stayed on strongly for jockey Barry Geraghty to take the pot.
“Sunday’s numbers held up while Monday’s attendance was also up on last year’s May meeting. We were also blessed with the weather, which helped,” said Peter O’Reilly, Sales/Marketing Manager of Killarney Racecourse.
“The May meeting is always a great starting point for us and the National Hunt cards were very strong this year. There was more class than quantity.
“Padraig Bruton and his team do a magnificent job here and the course is looking as good as ever.
“It’s the start of an exciting season for us as we have a great July and August to look forward to with more top racing and fashion competitions,” he added.
The action continued on Tuesday evening with an allflat card.
Liam and Catherine Hartnett, Killarney.
Tom Blennerhassett and Noel O’Mhurchú.
Andrew and Lillian McCarthy Killarney.
John Ivory and Moss Kerwick enjoying the Killarney Races on Sunday.
Killarney Racehorse owner Donie Sheahan has a word with Champion Trainer Willie Mullins at the Killarney Races.