Two-day race meeting promises fun for all!

The racing season at Roscommon racecourse continues on June 10th with the commencement of the two-day June meeting and it is sure to provide fun and entertainment for all the family. Indeed, the opening day of the meeting is family day. There will be a tremendous deal on offer for attending families whereby two adults and two children can gain entry to the races for just €25.   As well as the ample excitement and entertainment provided by the races themselves, there will be plenty of alternative activities for the children with the Galway Circus Project providing FREE Children’s entertainment such as face-painters, clowns and jugglers – in attendance in the marquee area at the racecourse.   Sunday’s seven-race card commences at 2.25 pm and it promises to be an exciting day of quality racing.    The most valuable race on the card is the €35,000 Property Partners Earley Auctioneers Handicap over 12f at 3.35 pm. Last year’s renewal was won by the Charlie Swan-reigned Emmpat who went on to win the Scottish Champion Hurdle back in April, so it is very much a race to watch closely.    Flat maidens at Roscommon are always well patronised by the country’s top trainers and the EBF Fillies Maiden over 7f and the Budweiser Median Auction Maiden over 10f are unlikely to prove any different. The Dermot Hughes Toyota Car Sales Handicap over 7f will cater for those with a need for speed while the two mile novice chase is sure to attract a few classy sorts with last year’s renewal having been won by the 2005 Galway Hurdle winner, More Rainbows.    The ACC Bank Handicap Hurdle over 2 miles and Roscommon Herald Flat Race over 2½ miles are sure to wrap up the evening in fine style, but don’t forget, the party starts in Roscommon town soon after the conclusion of the races and the craic is not to missed.   Monday’s evening meeting at Roscommon will see a top class mixed card take place and it is sure to provide a superb evenings entertainment for those in attendance. The most valuable race on the card is the €20,000 Knockcroghery Hurdle at 7.55 pm. Open to horses that have not won more than two races over hurdles, it invariably attracts a number of talented sorts.    The meeting will commence at 5.55 pm with a 7f maiden which last year saw the John Oxx-trained Film Festival grind out a narrow win and this year’s renewal is likely to attract plenty of interesting contenders.    The Tulsk Handicap over 7f and the Elphin Handicap over 1m 4f are sure to attract competitive fields while The Ladies Day At Roscommon on July 9th Handicap Steeplechase over 3 miles is sure to provide plenty of interest as last year’s renewal was won by the Noel Meade-trained Patton who won the Midlands Grand National at Kilbeggan on his very next start.    The Boyle Maiden Hurdle and the concluding Athleague Flat Race will also be worth watching closely as the runner-up in the latter contest last year was no less than the subsequent Grade 1 winning novice hurdler, Hide The Evidence.   As if such a high-quality racing schedule was not enough, for the duration of the evening there will be live music in the marquee courtesy of the excellent Brendan Keely.