Midlands National & Best Dressed Lady at Kilbeggan Races

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Ladies Day and Midlands National at Kilbeggan Races — July 17th 2015.

We are now in the heart of the summer season of festival’s and fun, and the social event of the Midland’s each July is the Best Dressed Ladies competition on Midland’s National Day at Kilbeggan races. The mixture of great racing, fashionable dress, family fun, patrons punting, and music on the summer air, is simply the perfect day out. The great event starts next Friday evening, 17th July, at Kilbeggan Races, beginning at 5.55 PM.


The ultimate icon of beauty and class since the 20th century is undoubtedly Audrey Hepburn, so when she said “Elegance is the only beauty that never fades”, people in fashion listened. Next Friday elegance will be to the forefront, as the Dundrum Town Centre and Wineport Lodge yet again sponsor the Best Dressed Lady Competition at the races. The first prize will be worth in excess of €2,000. The prize includes a €1,000 shopping spree at Dundrum Town Centre, a Woman of Style Weekend at Wineport Lodge including a champagne dinner, lunch, culinary class, powerboat trip on the Shannon, spa treatment’s etc. The event will kick off at 5PM, as finalists will be selected through the evening and be entertained at a champagne reception in the marquee. It’s an opportunity for anyone to conquer the fashion world, in their own way, and remember that style is eternal.


The Midlands National worth €50,000 has now established itself, as one of the most important races in the summer and the most valuable chase outside the festival meetings. It began in 1996 with a touch of Hollywood as director Neil Jordan and actor Stephen Rea had a share in the winner Cristy’s Picnic. In 2014, Caim Hill repeated his 2012 success in the races and jockey Brian O’Connell had a double celebration, as his wife had a baby the day before. In his final year of racing at Kilbeggan in 2014, Dessie Hughes, who had won the big race, was leading trainer with eight winners. The best tip is to watch out for horses that had previously won a chase at Kilbeggan and you could get the winner at a good price. Aside from the big race there is the Coola Maiden Hurdle again sponsored by Tom Lynam, Treasurer on the committee; the Tom McCormack Memorial Hurdle in honour of the former Sercretary of the committee; the Michael Moore Car Sales Mecedes Benz Handicap Hurdle of €9,500 is sponsored by Michael Moore Car Sales; and the novice chase is generously sponsored by the European Breeder’s Fund.

The other unique sponsorship is the Sean Kane 70th Birthday Remembrance Race, which is the bumper. Sean from Ballyhaise, Cavan, was a proud family man who loved horse racing, especially at Kilbeggan. His wife Mary, his family, and dear friends joined together to celebrate his life and remember him on his 70th birthday. He had his own horse “Daddy’s Dream” to cheer on and we are sure Sean will be watching over Kilbeggan next Friday, cheering on the winner, with a smile on his face.


Live music, children’s entertainment, the glamour of the Best Dressed Ladies competition and great racing, provides all ages with an opportunity to enjoy themselves in good company. Admission for Adults is €13, Students & OAP €10, with discounts for groups and children under 16 free.. The New Summer Part Pack is €20per person for groups of 10 or more, including an Admission ticket + Free Racecard + €5 Food/Drink Voucher +€5 Drink/Food Voucher. Please note that discounted tickets are pre-sale only and not available at turnstiles (see Website at www.kilbegganraces.com for details).

With a seven race card and every ingredient for a great evening, this should not be food for thought. Just come early, swallow the atmosphere, and make a meal of it, because you deserve it. Remember the first race is on at 5.55PM.


Race Details:

First  Race: 5.55pm

Admission Details:
€13, Students & OAP: €10, Discount for Groups, Children under 16 Free
Special Family Discount Package for €20:  2 parents with Children under 16 free, or you can purchase Summper Party Pack: Admission Ticket + €5 Food Voucher + €5 Drink Voucher + Race Card —  For groups of 10 +, Discounted Tickets Pre-Sale Only.

For Further information please contact:

Tel: 057 933 2176, Email: racing@kilbegganraces.com

Download the above Press Release 5th  Kilbeggan Races July15




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