Diarmuid O’Connor officially launched Ballinrobe Racecourse Membership 2017. A big thanks to Diarmuid for attedning the launch and we would like to congratulate him on winning Young Footballer of the Year 2016.
Annual membership is an ideal way to experience our race day’s at Ballinrobe Racecourse and would make an excellent gift for the racing fanatic in your life.
Join Ballinrobe Members Club today and enjoy the following benefits:
- – All for only €100!– Admission to all 9 race meetings
- – Free racecard
- – €5 TOTE bet
- – Exclusive entrance to our dedicated Members, Owners & Trainers lounge
- – Reciprocal days at 11 other racecourses
- – Exclusive members draw
To join, simply:
- Fill in the application form.
- Choose a payment method of your choice –
- Cheques made payable to Ballinrobe Racecourse Ltd.
- Send completed application form with payment to Ballinrobe Racecourse Members Club, Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo
- Contact the racecourse office on 094-9541811
- Give your name and details
- Pay by debit/credit card.
The Assocation of Irish Racehorse Owners awards took place in Naas last Saturday night, 29th October. Ballinrobe Racecourse received an Award of Merit in recognition for the enhanced raceday experience offered to owners in 2016.
Ballinrobe Racecourse launched its 2016 season at the racetrack today, with one extra meeting this year, bringing the total number of fixtures to ten. Prize-money has increased by €150,000 to €950,000, setting a new record for the West of Ireland track. The fixtures will comprise eight National Hunt meetings and two Flat meetings including 12 feature races, each with prize-money in excess of €20,000.
Ballinrobe’s season runs from April 15th through to September 20th and this year, four companies are sponsoring a full raceday:
McHale Raceday – 31st May
Breaffy House Resort & Spa – 30th May
Vaughan Shoes Ladies Day – 21st June
Tote Raceday – 18th July
County Mayo resort, Breaffy House Resort & Spa has progressed from sponsoring a feature race to sponsoring a full National Hunt racecard on the evening meeting on May 30th. The 4 star hotel in the heart of Castlebar, set in 90 acres of parkland, has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment programme.
One of the highlights of the season is the McHale Raceday on May 31st, with two feature races sponsored by local specialist farm machinery company, McHale. The McHale Mayo National and the McHale Coranna Handicap Hurdle are each worth €30,000, making them the most valuable races at Ballinrobe.
After the success of last year’s event, local company, Vaughan Shoes will once again sponsor the ever-popular Ladies day on June 21st. With shops in Ballinrobe, Claremorris and Castlebar, Vaughan Shoes is one of the leading shoe store chains in the west of Ireland. Judging the best dressed competition this year is Sinead Desmond, presenter of TV3’s flagship morning programme, Ireland AM. The winner will receive a cash prize of €1,500.
A second fashion focussed event will be held on the evening of the Tote Raceday on July 18th which will include a Best Hat competition, sponsored by Caithriona King Milliner, a number of fashion shows with Catwalk Model Agency and a number of style talks. Stylist Marietta Doran will act as MC for this event.
Family Day at Ballinrobe Racecourse takes place on July 19th, a meeting which was very well-received by local families last year. A wide range of free, fun activities are planned for children of all ages.
John Flannelly, Manager of Ballinrobe Racecourse said: “We are delighted to launch our racing programme for the coming season. I would like to thank all our loyal sponsors and also the racing public who continue to support us .We start off the season with an additional meeting on April 15th, which should prove to be very popular and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to Ballinrobe for a great start to the racing year.”
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Balinrobe Racecourse secures additional race meeting, bringing the total number to 10 fixtures for the 2016 season.
Ballinrobe Racecourse is delighted to announce the addition of another fixture to their 2016 racing calendar. The additional meeting will open Ballinrobes’ racing calendar at the earlier date of 15th April. The new fixture will take place on a Friday evening and is an all national hunt card.
The 2016 Fixture List for Irish racing has been released by Horse Racing Ireland earlier this week featuring six additional race meetings nationally, one of which was secured by Ballinrobe. The additional meetings aim ‘to provide opportunities at times when there is the greatest demand from the horse population’.
Ballinrobe Racecourse had a very successful year for the 2015 season with over 20,000 people attending the eight meetings throughout the year. It was a record year for sponsorship with over 90% of all races sponsored. Additionally there was an increase in prize money with each day featuring at least one race worth over €20,000. This has brought some top class racing to the Ballinrobe track.
The Grand Annual Chase at Cheltenham winner Savello owned by Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown won the Treacy’s Pharmacy Steeplechase cosily back in August. Additionally Kylecrue winner of the McGrath’s Limestone Works H’Cap Hurdle and Phantom Prince, winner of the McHale Coranna H’Cap hurdle, have gone on to further racing success.
John Flannelly, manager, commented: ‘After another successful year it is great to be looking forward to an extended fixture list of ten meetings for 2016. The new track, our top class facilities and high level of sponsored races have played a pivotal role in helping to secure this additional meeting. We would like to thank Horse Racing Ireland for their ongoing support over the last number of years.
Ballinrobe’s first meeting of 2016 will take place on Friday evening 15th April.
2016 fixtures are as follows: Friday 15th April, Tuesday 3rd May, Monday 30th May, Tuesday 31st May, Tuesday 21st June, Monday 18th July, Tuesday 19th July, Monday 8th August, Tuesday 23rd August & Tuesday 20th September.