Kilbeggan Race Meeting – April 22nd

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This has been a remarkable year for horse racing in Westmeath with the tremendous success of Gigginstown House Stud in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the Aintree Grand National, and the Irish Grand National. It gives an extra buzz to the start of Kilbeggan’s year as the only racecourse in Westmeath, next Friday 22nd April, when the first meeting of the year commences at 5.10PM. We may have April showers but everyone is looking forward to a great new season of racing.

Andrea & Alin


With all the excitement of the recent successes for Gigginstown House Stud in major races it is forgotten that when Ravished 7/2F won the Midland’s National at Kilbeggan in July 2015, trained by Mouse Morris, and owned by Gigginstown House Stud the horse was starting a trend in Grand National successes that was to run into 2016. Ironically, Bryan Cooper missed the ride with a dislocated thumb and he was replaced by Paul Townsend from the same racing yard as David Mullins –the yard of the great Willie Mullin’s soon to be champion trainer in Britain. As Mouse said then “It was nice to win for Michael at his local track”. Last year was a very successful year for Kilbeggan and Paddy Dunican , Manager states that “we are very confident that we will continue to build on last year’s success and we are looking forward  to this year with 8 race meetings planned up to September”. One notable feature this year is the development work on the race track with the lowering of the hill on the far side, which will create a much better and safer surface for the horses and jockeys

The meeting will feature three sponsored races including the handicap hurdle over 3 miles generously sponsored by the Greville Arms Hotel; the mares beginners chase sponsored by the European Breeder’s Fund; and the Sean Hughes Memorial Hurdle sponsored by the Mullingar Park Hotel .

Andrea & Alin


When Vincent O’Brien trained Quare Times ridden by Pat Taaffe to win the Aintree Grand National in 1955 to complete a hat trick of wins in the race he was not to know that almost 60 years later Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown House Stud operation was to complete a different type of treble in a few months with Don Cossack winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Rogue Angel winning the Irish Grand National, and Rule the World winning the Aintree Grand National. What brings these two great events together is that Quare Times owned locally by Mrs Cecily Wellman was paraded through the streets of Mullingar ( and a bonfire lit in Gaybrook) and on Sunday 9th April, Rule the World became the first Aintree Grand National winner since then to be paraded in Mullingar. It was a very emotional occasion for the ever popular Mouse Morris due to the recent death of his son. It was remarkable for Rule the World, who had never won a chase (although 2nd in an Irish Grand National) mainly due to two pelvic fractures. The horse may now be retired but it is hoped that the three horses might make an appearance at Kilbeggan Races this year.

Racing is very much about the weather but aside from that Kilbeggan continues to provide great competitive racing each year, glamour for the ladies, fun for families especially the children, a sense of excitement with music and laughter in the air amongst all ages. It is the place to be and remember to come early as the first race is at 5.10PM.

For further information please contact: Paddy Dunican

Telephone: 057 933 2176



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