Racing is booming in the west of Ireland and if the first day’s attendance at Roscommon’s opening fixture of the season on the 8th of May is anything to go by, the popular venue should enjoy a fine year.
Racecourse Manager Michael Finneran spends endless hours producing a wonderful racing surface and we have seen some top performers cut their teeth at Roscommon.
The fact that Willie Mullins, Gordon Elliott, Dermot Weld, Ger Lyons, Aidan and Joseph O’Brien all bring good horses to Roscommon, is a testament to the hard work which goes on behind the scenes and the racing committee continues to upgrade facilities to ensure that the racegoers’ experience is a positive one.
Sandra Hughes plays a major role in Roscommon, ensuring that owners and sponsors are well catered for.
The feature event of the two-day fixture on the 12th of June is the tote.com Connacht National. This race is over three miles and it looks an ideal trial for the Galway Plate and will attract a classy field. The Dermot Hughes Cat Sales Rated Novice Hurdle is the main supporting race on the day.
The best turned out prizes on Tuesday, 12th of June, 2018 are sponsored by YK Signs, Athleague, Co. Roscommon, which is always a welcome addition to any card, as it goes to the hard-working grooms and stable staff who spend long hours attending to their horses. QCR Waste Management sponsor the handicap hurdle on the same day.
Foran Equine sponsor the €20,000 two-year-old maiden on the 11th of June. There is also the €25,000 fillies handicap hurdle sponsored by the Irish Stallion Farms and the EBF. Connaughton Auctioneers and Hydro Water Treatment Ltd. also sponsor on Monday.
Roscommon Racecourse’s best turned out prizes on Monday, 11th June are sponsored by Glamorous Dogs (Keshia Casey), Fuerty, Co. Roscommon.
“After a very wet spring, we have been blessed to get some wonderful warm weather over the last few weeks and the track is in super condition. We have worked hard here over the last few years to improve our facilities and we intend to do a bit more in due course,” stated Racecourse Manager Michael Finneran.
“We have a special offer for our next flat fixture (11th of June) and you can bring a friend in with you for just €5 and we think that represents great value. Our flat meetings are always well supported by some of the best trainers in the world,” he added.
As always there will be music in the main bar after the second last race on both evenings, provided by Billy Garvin.
Admission for adults is €15 with OAP/students €10. Patrons can avail of the Ros Special for €35, which includes admission, race card, two-course meal and a €10 betting voucher.