Racegoers set to flock to Munster national

TO celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of Limerick Racecourse at Greenmount Park, patrons attending Ladbrokes.com Munster National and Ladies day on Sunday, October 9 can avail of a specially reduced admission price of just E10.

TO celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of Limerick Racecourse at Greenmount Park, patrons attending Ladbrokes.com Munster National and Ladies day on Sunday, October 9 can avail of a specially reduced admission price of just E10.

Limerick Racecourse stages its most prestigious race day of the year on Sunday week when the track plays host to the E80,000 Grade A Ladbrokes.com Munster National which also incorporates Ladies Day.

Renowned as the oldest race in Munster, the three-mile Ladbrokes.com Munster National has produced such high quality winners as Foxchapel King, Treacle and Mossbank. The Adrian Maguire-trained Golden Kite claimed the top prize last year.

With seven National Hunt races on the card, including the Ladbrokes.com Munster National, the Grade 3 PWC Chase and the recently upgraded Grade 3 Greenmount Novice Hurdle, this is the premier race meeting at the Patrickswell venue each year. The opening race is due off at 2.30pm.

While adults attending can avail of the very special general admission price of just €10, children U-16 will enjoy free admission, with lots of activities to enjoy on the day. After racing, patrons can enjoy live music from Hermitage Green.

General manager of Limerick Racecourse, Russell Ferris said: “We are eagerly anticipating this year’s fantastic Ladbrokes.com Munster National and Ladies Day. Last year we had 7,400 happy patrons enjoying the racing and the style on show. In celebration of the 10 years at Greenmount Park, the admission price has been reduced to €10.”

Ladbrokes.com Munster National day is also synonymous with high fashion as it is the track’s Ladies Day. The winner will walk away with a diamond ring valued at €5,000 from Keanes Jewellers. Second prize is a gift voucher from Isobel Boutique, Adare. Third prize is a gift voucher from Revas Spa at the Woodlands House Hotel. The 10 finalists will each receive a goody bag with tempting and exciting treats to enjoy.

“To add to the Ladies Day celebrations we have a multitude of Children’s entertainment,” added Ferris, “from pony rides, to bucking broncos, slides and bouncy castles, laser quest and much, much more. The entertainment begins from 1pm.” The Ladies level package is again available this year.

Limerick racecourse opened in October 2001 to a record crowd of 18,000. It is the first purpose built racecourse in Ireland for 50 years and has exceptional modern facilities in the Hugh McMahon Stand.

Greenmount Park is the seventh different location for racing in Co. Limerick since the first recorded fixtures in 1790. It’s predecessors were Bruff, Rathkeale, Newcastle, Lemonfield, Ballinacurra and Greenpark. The previous course at Greenpark closed in 1999 having held racing for 130 years. Telephone 061-320000 or visit www.limerickraces.ie for further details of Ladbrokes.com Munster National and Ladies Day.