Fresh from the hugely successful Ladies’ Day meeting, the mid-summer racing festival takes centre stage at Ballinrobe Racecourse this Monday and Tuesday, July 18 and 19. Racing starts both days at 5.50pm.
At the last meeting all betting figures increased yet again. A total of €500,000 was taken in bets at the tote, bookmakers, and the Ladbrokes tent, a hugely impressive figure to say the least.
Monday’s card gets under way at 5.50pm and includes The Paddy Smyth Memorial Maiden, the Derrinstown Stud Apprentice Handicap, the Mayo Advertiser Handicap, the Niall Gilmartin Memorial Maiden, and the Flannery’s Bistro Mares Maiden Hurdle.
Tuesday’s card includes the Mayo News Maiden Hurdle, The Yolanda O’Gorman Memorial Handicap Hurdle, The Eamon Sheridan Plant Hire Novice Hurdle, The Jennings Meats Handicap Hurdle, The Beamish Raceday Handicap Hurdle, and The Ballinrobe Bookmakers Flat Race. There are four flat and three hurdle races on Monday and Tuesday’s card is all National Hunt.
Tuesday’s meeting will also be a milestone for manager John Flannelly, who will celebrate his 100th meeting as manager of the course. “It’s my 13th season here and it’s nice to reach the century of meetings. Of course, Ballinrobe wouldn’t be what it is today without the huge support of the committee, the sponsors, the race goers and the many who work behind the scenes.”
Entertainment in the form of Safire on Monday and Streetwise on Tuesday will perform in the Carra Bar.
There are great deals available on group bookings for the Coranna and Corrib restaurants with the latter offering admission, racecard, two-course meal, and a €5 free bet, all for €30 in bookings of 10 or more people. Normal admission rates remain at €15 for adults, €10 for students and OAPs, with children U14 free.
Come for the racing – you will stay for the welcome.