Seven Sponsored Races and Aintree Grand National Winner Tiger Roll Parading at Kilbeggan Races on Friday 11th May

Kilbeggan Races

The May race meeting at Kilbeggan next Friday starting at 5.35pm has a tradition of providing great racing and large crowds in a warm relaxed summer evening atmosphere, where everyone seems to be your friend. With prize money of over €94,000, seven sponsored races and two racing heroes in Tiger Roll, Aintree Grand National winner and General Principle Irish Grand National winner parading during the meeting, there is reason to believe that this could be one of the best meetings at Kilbeggan in modern times. Paddy Dunican, Managing Director said “We are delighted that Midland Veterinary (Tullamore) Ltd. in association with the Irish Farmers Journal are coming on board as our new main sponsor of this Race Meeting on Friday  11th May. This race meeting has the potential to be one our biggest events of the year. Our Summer Friday Evening meetings provide excitement, colour, and thrilling horse racing in a brilliant atmosphere. We are looking forward to welcoming many customers of the Midland Veterinary (Tullamore) Ltd. and the Irish Farmers Journal to Kilbeggan for the first time. In addition  Michael O’Leary of Gigginstown will have Tiger Roll winner of the Aintree  Grand National and General Principle winner of the Irish Grand National,  two of the greatest national hunt races in the world, parading at this meeting”


The two featured races are the Belvedere House, Gardens, and Park Handicap Hurdle of €20,000 sponsored by Westmeath County Council and the Irish Stallion Farm’s EBF Handicap Hurdle of €15,000 sponsored by the Irish EBF. The Irish Farmer’s Journal is sponsoring a maiden hurdle of €11,500. Ollie Ryan of Midland Veterinary (Tullamore) Ltd. said “we are thrilled to be sponsoring four races at Kilbeggan. This is Midland Veterinary (Tullamore) Ltd first time to sponsor horse racing and it gives us a great venue to promote our business and welcome our customers to a great social event at Kilbeggan Racecourse”. Midland Veterinary is a company at the forefront of innovation in the supply of agricultural products and services to the farming and rural communities. The company was acquired in 1999 by Ollie Ryan and Matt Corcoran now they have a staff of 14 between the 3 stores. They have been running for almost 20 years now, expanding year on year in order to offer customers a wider range of products to suit the farming needs. They both look forward to seeing all their valued customers on the evening and hope they have a lucky flutter!


Michael O' LearyTiger Roll has won almost €1 million in prize money For Michael O’Leary’s, Gigginstown House stable including his three remarkable win at Cheltenham. He won the Triumph Hurdle for 4 y/o olds in 2014; the National Hunt Chase in 2017; and the Cross Country race in 2018. What mightn’t be known is that he won a novice chase at Michael O’Leary’s local course in Kilbeggan on 20th June 2016 when ridden by Jack Kennedy. In this year’s  Aintree Grand National O’Leary’s remarkable well backed horse Tiger Roll 10/1 delivered a win for the punters when narrowly holding off the Willie Mullins trained Pleasant Company and stayed on to get to the line by the narrowest margin. The hero of the hour was Davy Russell who has been the outstanding jockey in Britain and Ireland this year, after some brilliant rides at Cheltenham and now Aintree. General Principle is less known but he has won 5 times and taken €354,000 in prize money. His big day was winning the Irish Grand National on Easter Monday where one length covered the first five horse’s home providing a great win for young jockey J.J.Slevin and providing Gordon Elliott with his first Irish Grand National winner.


The first meeting in April saw Sean Flanagan jockey and Noel Meade trainer race into an early lead in National Hunt Championship for 2019 when winning with the appropriately named Heroesandvillans 3/1JF in the first race of the new season.  Gavin Cromwell went on to have a quick double with Callthebarman 7/4F and he almost certainly did call him as he went on to win the next race with Running in Heels 8/1 which only cost 2,500 guineas and was owned by a syndicate of 20 ladies (including his wife). Joanna Quirke a member of the syndicate said “A group of girls from Meath and Dublin got together with a love of horse racing to purchase a horse to enjoy some great social and entertaining days out. It started on a high at Kilbeggan with Running In Heels winning its first race for them on their first day out”. The best tip in future is to follow the horses that ran in the novice chase won by Camlann and the bumper won by Macgiloney, as some good summer horses were in these races.

This fixture will be a special occasion with a large crowd and at least you will have sunshine in your heart because of the great atmosphere generated by a crowd at Kilbeggan. It is the place to be with family & friends on a Friday evening and don’t forget to be early as the first race is at 5.35pm.

Admission for adults to the event is €15. OAP’s & Students €12, Children under 16 free (free entertainment for kids)We are offering special discounts for staff, customers and friends for a group of 10 or more, Special Discounted Admission of €12 per person. We also have our Summer Party Pack which includes; Admission Ticket, €5 Drink Voucher, €5 Food Voucher and Race Card at just €22 per person for a group of 10 or more. Book now at






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