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New spring race meet for Kilbeggan

Apr 15, 2021 12:04 By Dave Hooper
New spring race meet for Kilbeggan New spring race meet for Kilbeggan
Rachel Blackmore on Minella Times, Minella Times a previous winner at Kilbeggan. Photo: Grossick Racing/Racing Post
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New spring two-day national hunt race meeting on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd of April

Kilbegan race course in county Westmeath has announced details of their spring racing festival set for the 22nd and 23rd of April.

“2021 is off to a great start for us at Kilbeggan” said Paddy Dunican, Manager of Kilbeggan race course.

“Firstly, we are delighted that Horse Racing Ireland has granted us an additional race meeting on April 22nd to create a new Spring Two-Day National Hunt Race Meeting”.

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“Secondly, former winners at Kilbeggan, went on to win three of the biggest Steeplechase races in Britain and Ireland; Put The Kettle won the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham, Freewheelin Dylan won the Irish Grand National and Minella Times won the Aintree Grand National”.

“This is a great boost for the quality of horses racing in Kilbeggan. The significant improvements to our track is attracting better quality horses, which is creating more competitive and exciting racing for our fans”.

“In order to keep up the momentum, further improvements will take place in 2021. The Committee are fitting the steeplechase jumps with Easyfix aprons that are padded with a cushioned surface, which will create safer jumps for both the rider and the horses”.

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“In addition, a new all-weather sand surface trackway is developed for the horses going out on the racetrack”.

“With ten race meetings granted for 2021 there is every reason to be positive” declared Dunican. “The Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares sponsored race will be on Friday 23rd of April”.

It’s over 180 years since the first Kilbeggan race meeting was held in 1840 and many good things have happened in that time.

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This opening meeting of the year is unique as we will be having a two-day race meeting for the first time ever, with a total of 10 meetings in 2021.

The meetings will be held on Thursday 22nd at 3.20 pm and Friday 23rd April at 4.55 pm.

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