First Roscommon Race meeting of 2017 on Monday


Summer has officially arrived. And soon the first sounds of horses galloping and the cheers of the crowd at the Roscommon Racecourse will be heard. This Monday, 8th of May, marks the first race meeting of the year at the Lenabane track. The first white flag will be raised at 5.30 pm.

  It has been a fascinating couple of months on the racing calendar following the action at Cheltenham, Aintree and Punchestown. And while racing followers pay close attention to the formbook all over the globe, the local track holds a special place in their hearts. The unique atmosphere at Roscommon, where friends meet and enjoy the thrills and spills of the day, forever maintains its appeal.

  “We’ve been counting down the days to our first meeting and have been kept busy getting everything in place for what we hope will be a successful year that everyone will enjoy,” said racecourse manager, Michael Finneran.   

  “There’s always that buzz of anticipation at this time of year,” he added.

  Mr. Finneran is delighted that once again the Board of Roscommon Race Course CLG with the support of Horse Racing Ireland, under the Capital Development Programme, have improved the facilities at the track.

  Roscommon Race Course CLG continues to improve facilities at the track and an upgrade of the bars, toilets and restaurant has been carried out over the winter.

  “At the end of each season we assess how best we can improve our facilities. You cannot stand still, so we always strive to have the track looking well and that the customer is well catered for,” the course’s manager pointed out.

  Monday’s card is made up of four flat, two chases and a bumper. Race Sponsors on the day are Kilrane O’Callaghan & Co. Solicitors, Kepak, and EBF. The best-turned out prize in each race is sponsored by Hamrock’s Bar & Lounge, Athleague. A large crowd of Kepak guests will once again be in attendance. Patrons are advised to keep an eye on the start time as in the event of a race divide, which has happened in the past, the first race will be an half an hour earlier. Catering will be provided by Lydon House Catering, Galway with music in the main bar after the second last race by The Usual Suspects.

  Admission is €15 for adults and €10 for students and OAPs. There is a Ros Special available, which includes admission, two-course meal and a race card for €30.

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