Kilbeggan Races — Final Race Meeting For 2014

Finish the summer with a flutter at the races.  An evening of fun, laughter and entertainment is guaranteed at Kilbeggan Races for people of all ages from eight to eighty.

There is also the opportunity to enter their “Free To Enter Race Card Competition” with a chance to win many great prizes.

advertisment for killbegann races last meetingWhen: Friday the 5th September.
Time:   First Races starts at 4.25pm
Admission Fee: Adults: €12 Students/OAP: €10.  Special Family Package: €20 (2 parents, children under 16 free).   Special discount for groups and children under 16 are free.

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The following is a Press Release from Kilbeggan Races Secretary/Manager Paddy Dunican.

Press Release, August 29th 2014.

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It is sometimes said that a satisfied customer is the best business strategy of all and there is no doubt that at Kilbeggan races this year the customers enjoyed themselves, and helped to make it the most successful year in recent times. After seven very successful meetings the grand finale will take place next Friday 5th September starting at 4.25PM. This will be the last big social event of the year in the midlands and the Executive are issuing an invitation to join us to celebrate an outstanding year at Kilbeggan Races.


Paddy Dunican, Manager of the racecourse stated that “We are delighted that we are celebrating another superb year in 2014. For the third year in a row we have experienced a significant growth in attendance and in particular a major increase in the number of people coming in groups. The quality of horses has also improved, which has created more competitive and exciting racing for all our fans. This year many of Ireland’s top trainers won races at Kilbeggan including Aidan O’Brien, Dermot Weld, and Dessie Hughes”.  Indeed it has many years since Aidan O’Brien had a runner in Kilbeggan but in June he won with King of Leon 11/8F and also was placed with Beach of Falesa. Dermot Weld also had a success with punter’s favourite Manhattan Song. The remarkable Dessie Hughes had 7 winners with one at each of the 7 meetings so it will be a unique achievement if he completes the year next Friday with another win. Many useful horses ran in Kilbeggan this year including Galway winners Greatness & Lucky Pat to Pink Hat, Bally Longford, Indevan, Cailin Annamh, Queen Alphabet, Tempest Mill, Seefood etc. Undoubedly, the most remarkable was when Caim Hill won the Midlands National from Rivage D’or and Fever Pitch as he won the same race in 2012 and won his first bumper at Kilbeggan in 2008. All his wins at his favourite track took place in May. His jockey Brian O’Connell had a double celebration as his wife gave birth to a girl the day before the race.


The final race meeting will have 7 races with prize money over €80,000 and with five of the seven races sponsored the racing will be exciting & competitive. The card will consist of four hurdle races, two chases and the bumper and the races are being generously sponsored by J.P. McManus; the Kilbeggan Patron’s Club; the Midland Breeder’s Supporting Kilbeggan; the Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar and Pavxpress. In addition the Greville Arms Hotel, Mullingar are sponsoring the Leading Jockey Award and Paddy Dunican, Auctioneer & Valuer the Leading Trainer Award. At the moment Dessie Hughes looks certain to be crowned Leading Trainer with 7 winners and only Gordon Elliott with 4 has any chance of catching him. The Leading Jockey Award is quite the opposite with Barry Geraghty on 4 wins and four jockeys David Casey, M.P.Walsh, Brian Hayes and Davy Russell all on 3 winners. It should be a very close call in this category.

This year’s racing has been about family, friends, Best Dressed Ladies, fine weather, large crowds, lively music, children playing, and punter’s winning. This is your final chance to live the Kilbeggan Races Experience so why not take it and turn up before the starting time of 4.25PM. As they say You’re Worth it.!


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