Kil­lar­ney sets off on sum­mer rac­ing term

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - BY STEPHEN FERNANE

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.

Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Liam and Cather­ine Hart­nett, Kil­lar­ney.

Photo by Michalle Cooper Galvin.

Tom Blen­ner­has­sett and Noel O’Mhurchú.

Photo by Michalle Cooper Galvin.

An­drew and Lil­lian McCarthy Kil­lar­ney.

Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

John Ivory and Moss Ker­wick en­joy­ing the Kil­lar­ney Races on Sun­day.

Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Kil­lar­ney Racehorse owner Donie Shea­han has a word with Cham­pion Trainer Wil­lie Mullins at the Kil­lar­ney Races.

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