Kilbeggan Race Meeting 13th May


The first Kilbeggan races of the year brought some sunshine and a good crowd but it was only a warm-up for the traditional May meeting next Friday 13th starting at 5.35PM. With high temperatures and a fine weather forecast for the seven race card the summer will begin at Kilbeggan with some great racing and two famous guests will be in attendance.

Andrea & Alin


The great racing era in Kilbeggan was between 1916-23 when horses like Shaun Spadah (Aintree Grand National winner 1921); Koko (Gold Cup winner 1926); All Sorts (Irish Grand National 1916); Punch (Irish Grand National) and Clonshheever (dual Galway Plate winner) all ran in Kilbeggan. One of the highlights since then was the visit of the great Gold Cup winner Desert Orchid. Next Friday Michael O’ Leary, Gigginstown House, will parade Rule the World his brave Aintree Grand National winner this year and his Irish Grand National winner Rogue Angel. Rule the World who had never won a steeplechase before his big win (he had been 2nd in an Irish Grand National) was no “rogue” on the day of the Aintree Grand National as he ran like an “angel” to defeat the well fancied British runner The Last Samurai on the run to the line in a war of attrition (excuse the pun). He was brilliantly ridden by 19 y/o David Mullins on a very emotional occasion for him and for “Mouse” Morris who had trained War of Attrition to win the Gold Cup and now trained a horse with two pelvic fractures to win the most famous race in the world, following the recent death of his son. Rogue Angel was brilliantly ridden by Ger Fox to win the Irish Grand National holding off Ruby Walsh on Bless the Wings in a tight finish (the horse has won over €335,000 in prize money).This year was also emotional for Michael O’Leary as Don Cossack gave him his second Gold Cup winner and then received a serious tendon injury. Gigginstown House were also leading owners in 2016 having won the title on three previous occasions. This is a great opportunity for people to see two champion’s, who have won over €1 million in prize money.

Andrea & Alin


The April meeting was a very successful one for punter with the inappropriately named Dontbackme winning the opening race as 5/2 favourite. Jessica Harrington continued her excellent strike rate at Kilbeggan with Flaviana winning at 9/2F. Irish Champion Trainer Willie Mullins recorded 185 winners this year including 20 Grade 1’s with Faugheen, Douvan, Djakadam etc, aside from winning over £2 million in Britain, when narrowly defeated for the trainers title by Paul Nichols. His two runners in Kilbeggan Valyssa Monterg 4/6F and Kolumbus 2/1F were also successful winning favourites.

When Kilbeggan had only one race meeting, it was always held in May, and this was the traditional occasion for families and friends from the whole surrounding area to get together. In 1916, because of the troubles after the Easter Rising and the imposition of martial law, the May races were postponed until September, which was a big disappointment for the committee. The highlight of the May meeting in racing terms is the Belvedere House Gardens & Park Handicap Chase of €17,500 over 3 miles and a furlong, sponsored by Westmeath County Council.

This should be a great occasion for all ages at the races, where Michael O’Leary & Mouse Morris will be in attendance (and maybe win a race) and perhaps punters will be as successful as the April meeting. Come early and remember the first race is at 5.35 PM.

For further information please contact: Paddy Dunican

Tel: 057 933 2176



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