IT IS ALL systems go at Greenmount Park today for Limerick Races.
General manager of Limerick Racecourse, Russell Ferris said they are ready for the first race at 12.30pm as planned. Despite the stormy overnight conditions staff worked around the clock to beat the odds and ensure the course is in tipp top shape for punters.
“All is good thank goodness for today and for the next two days the forecast is very good. We’re looking forward to the festival of racing,” said Mr Ferris, who joked that his staff are definitely due their pay cheque at the end of the week.
“I live just on the course. There was a tree down outside my house so we were removing that at 3.30am. Fair dues to the team. It was dismantled and taken away so it is all systems go for another great day of racing,” said Mr Ferris.
Apart from signs being blown away and other small bits and pieces there was no serious damage caused in the storm.
“Nothing we can’t fix and put back up again. In terms of getting here there are no problems,” said Mr Ferris.
Numbers on St Stephen’s Day were just short of a thousand up on last year.
“We had 8,892 yesterday. Last year we had 8,101 so up about 800. It was a really good day, not back to the old days but certainly we are getting there. It’s a positive on the numbers of the last three or four years. It was great, we’re very happy,” said Mr Ferris.
The going is heavy on the hurdle track and heavy/soft to heavy on the chase course. The first race is off at 12.30pm.