Two-day meeting of Roscommon Races

Monday 9 th & Tuesday 10 th July The racing season at Roscommon racecourse continues on Monday, July 9 th with racing commencing at 5.40 pm and the meeting will have plenty to offer to both hardened racing fans as well as more casual observers of the Sport of Kings.   Monday’s meeting is Roscommon’s annual Ladies Day. One can rest assured that the ladies, both young and old, will rise to the occasion in the fashion stakes. If any further motivation is needed is needed, Dathi O’Sea of TG4 and You’re A Star will be at the track to judge the most appropriately dressed lady competition for which there will be cash prizes totalling €2,000.   The racing at Monday’s meeting promises to be of the highest class. The highlight on the card will undoubtedly be the second running of the Listed Lenebane Stakes over 12f. Last year’s renewal attracted a highly competitive field and it was the Dermot Weld trained Royal Intrigue that got the better of Bleseyourpinksox and this year’s renewal promises to be just as exciting. Other highlights on the card will be the €20, 000 EBF Fillies Handicap and the EBF Maiden, both over 7f. Those that are partial to National Hunt action will be well catered for with the 2m 4f Bank of Ireland Novice Hurdle, the 2m Ladbrokes.com Maiden Hurdle and the 2m 4f Flemings Supervalu Handicap Hurdle, all sure to provide exciting action. The evening will be wrapped up by the Athleague Flat Race but remember, the fun doesn’t stop there as there is always a carnival atmosphere in Roscommon town after the races so be sure to sample the festivities. Tuesday July 10 th With the first race at Roscommon on Tuesday 10 th July not kicking off until 5.55 pm, race goers who attended Monday’s meeting and the sampled the subsequent nightlife in Roscommon town will have plenty of time to recover from their exertions before returning to the racecourse for another fun-filled evening.   The meeting kicks off with a two-year-old maiden over 7f which has been well supported by the countries top trainers in recent seasons, as has the 10f maiden for four-year-olds and upwards on the same card. The 7f Ballybride Handicap and the 2m Elphin Handicap Hurdle are sure to be fiercely competitive contests while the 2m 4f Kiltoom Maiden Hurdle will be a race to pay particular attention to and it has attracted useful sorts in the past. The highlight on the card is likely to be the Boyle Hurdle which is a 3m conditions hurdle for four-year-olds and upwards and it is likely to attract a number of promising sorts. The concluding Strokestown Flat Race will see the female trend from the previous day continue as the race is confined to mares as well as being open only to lady jockeys and with Ireland being home to some of the top female riders in the world, it is sure to provide an exciting spectacle.