WITH Grand National and Cheltenham fever still hanging in the air, Limerick Racecourse will this week welcome over 12,000 students for their annual race day.
66-1 long shots might not be on the card, but the Limerick Student Race Day - held in assocation with Spin South West radio station - is the largest such event in the country, and features a full card of races this Thursday, April 11 at the Patrickswell course.
Last year 12,400 students attended the race day, and Limerick Racecourse general manager Russell Ferris said that tickets sales are equally strong for this year’s event.
“The Spin Southwest Student Raceday is a fantastic experience, the atmosphere at last year’s event was electric and unlike anything I had experienced at any race meeting - not even Cheltenham,” he laughed.
“Students are integral to the success of racing for the next generation and days like this have undoubtedly whetted the appetite and interest in horse racing as we have seen a noted increase in students attending the races throughout the year.”
“The only advice I would give is get here early and don’t miss it,” he added.
The event will feature a Best Dressed competition, sponsored by Irish beauty brand Karora Cosmetics, with the winner to take home a hamper of beauty products, plus prizes for the runners up.
Students from all over Ireland will descend on the Limerick course for the event, with over 3,000 tickets sold in Limerick’s student unions in the first week of sale.
Students from Cork, Galway, Maynooth, Tipperary and Limerick will utilise and consume 50,000 plastic glasses, 16,500 burger buns and 6 pigs on a spit, according to the racecourse.
Gates open at 2.30pm with the first race at 4.30pm. See www.limerickraces.ie for more.