With spirits still high from the wonderful meeting that was the 90th anniversary of racing at Ballinrobe two weeks ago, the action returns on Sunday next, August 21, with the first race at 2.20pm.
Sunday is Family Day and over the years this afternoon meeting has established itself as one of the most enjoyable meetings of the year for all ages. Race goers who are taking their children along can avail of a whole host of activities, which includes a bouncing castle, and a number of cartoon characters that will be among the crowd interacting with the young racing enthusiasts.
Of course the Mayo senior football team play Kerry in the All-Ireland semi-final on Sunday and you can watch the game in comfort at Ballinrobe Racecourse. The game will be shown on the big screen and while coverage will revert back to the course for each live race, it is worth noting there will be a number of TV screens dedicated to the match, including in the Pavilion.
Sunday is an all-national hunt card and with more than €80,000 in prize money on offer, it makes it the biggest prize money meeting of the year. Included on Sunday’s card are The John Monroe Haulage Handicap Hurdle, The EPS Pumps Handicap Hurdle (feature race worth €23,000 ), The McWilliam Park Hotel Handicap Hurdle and The Corrib Oil Handicap Steeplechase.
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 under 14 free.