Two days of racing and fashion in Roscommon

The racing will be competitive and the fashion stakes high as Roscommon stages a two-day meeting on Monday and Tuesday next, July 4th and 5th.

  The first race on Monday is 5.55 pm.

Monday of course is Ladies Day, a firm fixture on the calendar, and it is one of the most popular meetings of the year. And with the feature race of the evening being the Lenebane Stakes with €45,000 in prize money, many big names of the racing world will be present. The Lenebane Stakes is a listed flat race over one and a half miles and no doubt some high class horses will be contesting this event.

  Once again SuperValu, Roscommon is sponsoring Ladies Day and first prize is €2,000. The other nine finalists will receive €100. New local sponsor Rosmed Pharmacy and Lilac Rooms will also present a goodie bag to the nine runners-up in this competition. Celebrity judge on the evening will be Marietta Doran, stylist and presenter.

  “We’re really looking forward to the two days of racing, and it goes with saying that some sunshine would make a great festival even better. Our sponsors have come up trumps once again; their loyalty and support of the racecourse knows no bounds. As is the case with the many people who travel from near and far to sample the atmosphere,” said Michael Finneran, Racecourse Manager.

  Judge Marietta Doran commented: “I am really looking forward to judging Ladies Day at Roscommon Races on Monday, July 4th and I hope to see everyone embracing the ‘Fourth of July’ theme. I will be looking for ‘head-to-toe’ glamour, colour and a nod to current summer trends. My choice of Best Dressed Lady will exude confidence, be comfortable in her own skin and look amazing.”

  The prize for the Best Turned Out Horse in each race is sponsored by Lynch Flooring, Golf Links Road, Roscommon. There is music in the main bar after the second last race with Henry and The Usual Suspects. With Ladies Day growing year on year, patrons are advised to arrive early.

  On Tuesday evening, racing begins at 6 pm and consists of five hurdle races and two bumpers. The feature race on the card is the Connolly’s Red Mills Novice Hurdle. The race sponsors for the evening are Connolly’s Red Mils, The Dolan Family, Keen Print, Martinstown Stud, EBF/ITBA. The prize for the Best Turned Out Horse in each race is sponsored by Glamorous Dogs/Keshia Casey.

  St. Croan’s GAA Club are once again running a fund-raising event at the races on Tuesday in a separate area in the enclosure. Tickets are available from any member of the committee of the club. They cost €25 to include admission, race card, €5 bet, finger food and music. St. Croan’s will also be running the final of the Talent Show. This event will be held in The Big Red Barn.

All you need to know…

Admission for both days is €13 for adults and €8 for OAP/students. Attractive group discounts available. RosSpecial: €30 to include admission, race card, two-course meal and €10 betting voucher. Enquiries: 087-2203288. Email: Follow Roscommon Races on facebook.