They’re off! Races resume

The roar of the punters, epic finishes, the highs and lows – all parts of the unique atmosphere that is the Roscommon Races, now only days away from its new season.

  This Monday, May 9th, sees the 2016 year start at Lenebane. The first race is at 5.40 pm.

  In what has been a very busy pre-season for the race committee, all associated with the racetrack are eagerly looking forward to a productive year.  

  Racecourse Manager Michael Finneran is delighted with the improvements made as the course continues its policy on upgrading facilities year on year.

  “We’re very pleased with the upgrades and we’re looking forward to the new season. A lot of people have worked behind the scenes to get things ready for 2016 and I want to thank Horse Racing Ireland, Tim Higgins, Chief Executive of Tote Ireland and of course the board and members of Roscommon Racecourse Ltd. for all their wonderful efforts.”

  A new tote building has been erected, and in the region of €185,000 has been spent on improvements at the course over the winter and spring.

  Improvements were made on the track also, notably a further canter-down area for horses going to the start, which will greatly improve the racing surface on the day. In the jockeys room, extra toilets and shower facilities have been provided for both male and female jockeys.

  Monday’s card is made up four flat, two chases and a bumper and once again a large number of Kepak customers are expected to cheer home the winner of the Kepak Bumper.  This year there is a new sponsor at this meeting with another local company, myITdepartment.ie, sponsoring the handicap chase. 

  The Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund are sponsoring two races also at this meeting and the Best Turned Out Prize in each race is sponsored by Hamrock’s Bar & Lounge, Athleague.

  “The business community of Roscommon and the greater region have a long association with the course and once again they have got behind us. There are also new sponsors on board for the coming season, which we really appreciate,” Michael Finneran said. 

  The standard admission costs for adults is €13 with OAPs and students €8. A special voucher for €30 includes admission, race card, two-course meal and a €10 betting voucher. Catering will be provided by Lydon House Catering, Galway with music in the main bar after the second last race by The Usual Suspects.

   Any groups interested may phone Michael on 087 2203288 or email the racecourse at roscommonracecourse@eircom.net