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Abandoned Meeting: Racecourse Statement

The Management and Committee of Ballinrobe Racecourse sincerely apologise to all racegoers following the abandonment of this evenings meeting. We respect the decision of the stewards. We will continue to work closely with the IHRB. All racegoers have received free entry to any one of our remaining meetings this year. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to Ballinrobe again. 

IHRB Press Release

The stewards have issued the following statement regarding the abandonment of this evenings meeting after the third race: 


“Following the running of the third race, the Stewards received a delegation of riders regarding the safety of the racing surface. Evidence was heard from C.D. Hayes, G.P. Halpin, S Foley, K.J. Manning, D. P. McDonogh, G. F. Carroll and C. O’Donoghue. The riders stated that while the course was well presented and laid out, the surface of the track was giving way underfoot which was causing their mounts to slip. In their opinion it was not safe to continue racing and the application of sand would not improve the situation. Further evidence was heard from L. Wyer, IHRB Clerk of the Course and John Flannelly Racecourse Manager. The stewards also received a delegation of trainers and heard evidence from S. Fahey, G. T. Lynch, G. Cromwell, T. Doyle, G. M. O’Neill, T. Collins and A. Leahy.


Having considered all the evidence, the stewards used their powers under Rule 10 (i) to order the abandonment of the remainder of the meeting in the interest of safety.” 

Winning trainer Ado McGuinness speaks about Military Hill after his victory at Ballinrobe on Monday

From North County Dublin to Ballinrobe is a fair trek, but it is not one that trainer Ado McGuinness is unfamiliar with and he struck in the opening Tote Claiming Race at the Mayo venue on Monday night with the Sean Gallagher-owned Military Hill.
The son of Majestic Missile does not win very often and rider Shane Foley had to be at his strongest to persuade him to win, but in the end he just got his head in front where it mattered as he accounted for Fox Dream by half-a-length.
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Galway Girl Wins Best Dressed Lady at Ballinrobe Racecourse

At Ballinrobe Races, winner of The Best Dredded Lady at Ladies Day was Colleen Brady from Mincloon, Galway.
Pic:Trish Forde.

Colleen Brady, an Accounts Assistant from Mincloon in county Galway was the clear winner at the Best Dressed Ladies Day at Ballinrobe Racecourse on Tuesday, June 26. Colleen collected the top prize of €1,500 cash and each of the nine runners-up received a goody bag to the value of €130.


Colleen wore a white off the shoulder trouser suit from Asos, her headpiece was by Galway-based milliner Edel Ramberg. Colleen’s shoes were from Zara and her handbag was from Glitzy Blitz.


Colleen Brady said: “I love fashion and taking part in ladies days so it’s amazing to win here tonight. It’s my fourth time to come to Ballinrobe Best Dressed Lady race day and the weather and atmosphere is always brilliant. I was not expecting to be picked, I actually thought it was someone else, so I got such a shock when Marietta Doran called out my name. I am absolutely delighted.”

At Ballinrobe Races winner of The Best Dressed Lady competition was Colleen Brady(second from right), from Mincloon, Galway, pictured here with Marietta Doran(Judge) and Sponsors Ailish and Mary Vaughan of Vaughan Shoes. Pic :Trish Forde.

Ailish Vaughan of Vaughan Shoes said: “Sponsoring ladies day at Ballinrobe Racecourse is the perfect fit for us. Once again, we were overwhelmed with the turnout – it was brilliant to see all the ladies who made such an effort to dress-up and come to Ballinrobe this evening. Congratulations to Colleen and all the finalists –

they looked fantastic.”


Judge, Marietta Doran, TV Fashion Stylist and Event MC, remarked: the ladies day at Ballinrobe goes from strength to strength each year. I’d like to applaud Colleen, the finalist and all the ladies – the style was outstanding again this year. I hope everyone enjoyed their evening as much as I did.”



John Flannelly, Ballinrobe Racecourse Manager said: “The Ladies Day is one of our most popular race meetings of our season. We thank them for their continued sponsorship – it’s a great partnership for Ballinrobe. We were overwhelmed by the turnout, I hope everyone had a great night.”


At Ballinrobe Races, Finalists in the Best Dressed Lady at Ladies Day were:Left to right:Michela Manning (Ballinasloe), Karina Hynes(Sligo), Gemma McDonagh(Headford), Caroline Hennigan (Ballinrobe), Nicola Kelly (Roscommon), Winner was Colleen Brady(Mincloon, Galway), Fiona Coleman(Shrule), Lisa Griffin (Ballaghadereen), Ashling Hanley(Headford), Katie Duffy (Kilmovee). Pic:Trish Forde.

€1,500 cash prize for Best Dressed Lady at Ballinrobe

Details have been announced for the Best Dressed Lady Competition at Ballinrobe Racecourse on Tuesday 26th June, the Ladies Day.  TV fashion stylist, broadcaster and personal shopper, Marietta Doran will be guest judge, with the lucky winner scooping a fantastic cash prize of €1,500.

Following the success of last year’s event, local company, Vaughan Shoes are once again supporting the popular evening event, sponsoring the Ladies Day competition. With shops in Ballinrobe, Claremorris and Castlebar, family-owned Vaughan Shoes is one of the leading shoe store chains in the west of Ireland. Vaughan Shoes recently won Irelands Best New Website 2018 at the Retail Excellence awards.

There is no pre-registration for the competition, just simply look out for the Best Dressed judge and spotters on the day.  The finalists will be announced after the fifth race. 

The feature race is the Treacy’s Pharmacies Irish EBF Fillies Handicap valued at €25,000, and the first of a seven-race Flat card kicks off at 5:45pm

Donal Vaughan of Vaughan Shoes “We are delighted to be associated with Ladies Day at Ballinrobe Racecourse or the fourth year in a row. Ladies Day has become an important event in the Ballinrobe racing calendar and each year the standard just seems to be getting better and better and the effort put in never ceases to amaze me. Sponsoring ladies day at Ballinrobe Racecourse is the perfect fit for us.”

John Flannelly, Manager of Ballinrobe Racecourse, said: “Ladies Day has become the social highlight of the year at Ballinrobe Racecourse. Once again we are delighted to have as our main sponsor and Marietta Doran as our fashion judge. We are looking forward to a great evening on June 26th”

The winner of last year’s Vaughan Shoes Ladies Day was Caroline Whelan, a newly-qualified primary school teacher and event planner from Ardrahan in County Galway. Caroline wore a royal blue jumpsuit from Sarah Jane Boutique in Magherafelt in County Derry and her headpiece was by Galway-based milliner Caithriona King.

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