Crowds flock to Limerick Christmas races

Colm Kinsella

Reporter:

Colm Kinsella

Up to 17,000 racegoers flocked to Greenmount Park for the opening two days of the Shannon Airport Christmas Racing Festival at Limerick Racecourse
LIMERICK Racecourse experienced increased attendances on the opening two days of their Shannon Airport Christmas Racing Festival at Greenmount Park.

LIMERICK Racecourse experienced increased attendances on the opening two days of their Shannon Airport Christmas Racing Festival at Greenmount Park.

The attendance on day two of the Festival, December 27, was an impressive 7,648 which was well ahead of the 4,071 recorded in 2013 and up more than 400 on the figure of 7,234 racegoers who thronged the enclosures at Greenmount Park in 2012.

Despite the inclement wet conditions which prevailed on St Stephen’s Day, the attendance of 9,105 was more than 200 up on last year. The number of racegoers attending on the opening day would have been significantly bigger but for the wet conditions.

On the track, Bruree trainer Enda Bolger was denied his second big race success in the space of 24 hours when Federici was just touched off in the €50,000 Grade B Tim Duggan Memorial Handicap Chase by Limerick course specialist Page Turner and his amateur jockey Ambrose McCurtin.

It was a fourth win at Greenmount Park for the John Joe Walsh trained Page Turner who prevailed by half a length from the JP McManus-owned runner-up, who was returned the 5/2 favourite.

Racing continues at Limerick Racecourse both today, Sunday, December 28 and tomorrow Monday, December 29. The first race each day at Greenmount Park is due off at 12.35pm.