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IRISH RACING PREVIEW: Big money on offer at Ballinrobe on Tuesday

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Irish Racing Preview BALLINROBE Tuesday, May 28 First Race: 5.30

Ballinrobe stages its richest race meeting of the year on Tuesday evening with €159,500 in prize-money up for grabs, including a pair of €50,000 handicaps over hurdles and fences respectively.
Galway trainer Norman Lee will be hoping to make the short journey to the course a valuable one with his stable star Sole Pretender tackling the €50,000 McHale Mayo Handicap Hurdle (6.30).
Lone Wolf, Crossed My Mind, Getaway Katie Mai and Roxboro Road make up a strong JP McManus-owned challenge in the race. 
Peter Fahey’s top-rated Peregrine Run will be bidding for his 12th career success in the McHale Mayo National (8.00), the other €50,000 prize at Ballinrobe.
The nine-year-old was dropped 1lb for narrowly holding on to win by a nose in a Grade 3 over 2m4f at Killarney last time and comes into the race in good form.
You don’t often see a Classic winner running over jumps but Wicklow Brave, winner of the 2016 Irish St Leger and 2017 Punchestown Champion Hurdle, makes his debut over fences in the 2m1f beginners’ chase (7.30).

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IRISH RACING PREVIEW:Jumping action at Ballinrobe on Monday evening

Monday, May 27thFirst Race: 5.45pm (7 races)

The Ballinrobe 2-Day May meeting gets underway on Monday evening with a seven-race jumping card starting at 5.45pm.

The Monroes John Monroe Memorial Mares Handicap Hurdle (6.45) is worth €18,450 to the winner and the field of 11 is headed by the Dermot McLoughlin-trained Dixie Lee under Denis O’Regan.

Gordon Elliott supporters have two light-weights to consider here with Smiling Eliza and Arctic Sofia both declared while Ireland’s champion rider Paul Townend has been booked by Champion Hurdle-winning trainer Gavin Cromwell for the consistent Ejayteekay.

Ten runners are declared for the Sheridan Electric Hurdle (6.15) including recent Cork winner Foveros, owned by Luke McMahon and representing Willie Mullins under Paul Townend, and Fairyhouse runner-up Morosini from the Jessica Harrington yard. Elliott also has two runners in the line up here with Davy Russell booked aboard recent Downpatrick winner Coolongolook and Sean Flanagan teaming up aboard stablemate Authorizo, both runners owned by Gigginstown.

The going at Ballinrobe is good.

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May Racing Festival at Ballinrobe

25% Online Discount for McHale Raceday Admission Tickets
The two-day National Hunt May racing festival at Ballinrobe takes place on Monday May 27 and Tuesday May 28, incorporating one of the highlights of the 2019 Ballinrobe fixture list, McHale raceday, sponsored by local specialist farm machinery company, McHale, now in its sixth year of sponsorship.
The feature races on Tuesday, the McHale Mayo National and the McHale Mayo Hurdle, are the most valuable races at Ballinrobe this year, both offering prize-money of €50,000.  Another highlight of the evening is the McHale Tiger Roll Beginners Steeplechase.  Tiger Roll won his Beginners Chase at Ballinrobe in 2016, and went on to become the first horse since the legendary Red Rum in 1974 to win back-to-back Aintree Grand Nationals. 

Monday evening May 27 features the €30,000 Monroe’s Live Mares Handicap of €30,000.
John Flannelly, Manager of Ballinrobe Racecourse, said:
“We are really looking forward to our upcoming two-day race meeting. We are fortunate to have great sponsors for both days. The McHale raceday on Tuesday is one the highlights of the racing season here at Ballinrobe and we are delighted that McHale are sponsoring again for the sixth year. We look forward to welcoming back all our loyal supporters for some great racing.”
Padraic McHale, Managing Director of McHale, commented:
“Once again McHale are delighted to sponsor at our local racecourse this year. Our relationship with the racecourse has developed greatly over the years and we look forward to another exciting days racing on May 28.”
Racing begins at 5:45pm on Monday and 5:30pm on Tuesday and racegoers can enjoy live music by Streetwise in the Mask Pavilion on both evenings.
Book online at and receive a special 25% discount off McHale raceday admission tickets (limited time only).   There are also great offers available to groups – for further information contact the office on 094-9541811, email:
Royal Boru and Keith Donoghue leads the field on his way to winning “The McHale F5500 Baler Handicap Hurdle” at Ballinrobe – Alain Barr –

IRISH RACING PREVIEW: Tuesday evening action at Ballinrobe


BALLINROBE Tuesday, May 7 First Race: 5.40pm (7 races)

There is a seven-race National Hunt card at Ballinrobe on Tuesday evening with the action at the hugely-popular County Mayo track kicking off at 5.40pm.Patrick Carey doesn’t have many horses in training but that doesn’t matter as long as Seskin Flyer stays fit and well. The eight-year-old has provided the trainer with many memorable days on the racecourse, winning four times and cashing a cheque for finishing second on seven other occasions. Carey’s stable star lines up in the feature BetVictor Handicap Chase (7.40), worth €20,000 in prize-money, and is sure to be popular with punters. Gordon Elliott will fancy his chances of winning the opening Connolly’s Mercedez Benz Sligo & Galway Maiden Hurdle (5.40) with the promising Road To Dubai who was fourth the the useful Fakir D’Oudairies on his only start over jumps.The going at Ballinrobe is good.

David Jennings

Ballinrobe launch 2019 racing season

McHale Raceday with record prizemoney

Ballinrobe Racecourse today launch their 2019 season at the racetrack, with ten evening race meetings scheduled between April and September, comprising eight National Hunt and two Flat meetings, with total prizemoney of over €1million on offer. 
One of the highlights of the Ballinrobe fixture list is the McHale Raceday on Tuesday May 28, sponsored by specialist farm machinery company, McHale, now in their sixth year of sponsorship. Feature races on the day include the McHale Mayo National of €50,000 and the McHale Mayo Hurdle of €50,000, both the most valuable races to be run at Ballinrobe this season.
The Vaughan Shoes Ladies Day on June 24 is also a hugely popular event and this year will be judged by fashion stylist with Ireland AM, Mandy Maher of Catwalk Model Agency, Galway, with a cash prize of €1,500 up for grabs.  With shops in Ballinrobe, Claremorris and Castlebar, Vaughan Shoes is one of the leading shoe store chains in the west of Ireland.
Family day at Ballinrobe Racecourse takes place on July 22, a meeting which was very well-received by local families last year and 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 be launching our 2019 racing season here at Ballinrobe. We have an exciting racing programme lined up with record prizemoney. We are delighted that McHale are once again sponsoring the hugely popular McHale Raceday with two races valued at €50,000 on the day. The ever-popular Vaughan Shoes Ladies Day will take place on June 24th this year. I would like to thank all our sponsors, including a number of new sponsors this year for their wonderful support and commitment to Ballinrobe Racecourse over the years. We look forward to welcoming everyone back racing on Friday evening, April 12th.”
The season kicks off on Friday April 12 with ‘Friday Night Fever’ – a package available to groups of ten or more to include admission, racecard, €5 Tote bet and a glass of wine or a pint, all for €20! For further information and ticket bookings visit
Ballinrobe Fixtures 2019
Friday April 12th (e)
Tuesday 7th May (e)
Monday 27th May (e)
Tuesday 28th May (e)
Monday 24th June (e)
Monday 22nd July (e)
Tuesday 23rd July (e)
Monday 12th August (e)
Tuesday 27th August (e)
Friday 20th September (e)
Pictured at the 2019 Ballinrobe Races Season Launch: Jonathan Mullin, DIrector of Communications and Corporate Affairs HRI, Ross Kierans General Manager, TOTE, John Staunton, Chairman Ballinrobe Racecourse, Lynda Reilly, Operations Manager TOTE, Gerard Geraghty, PRO Ballinrobe Racecouse & John Flannelly, Manager Ballinrobe Racecourse.
Pictured at 2019 Season Launch Michael Duffy, Mayo News, Jonathan Mullin, Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs HRI, John Staunton Chairman Ballinrobe Racecourse, Michael Grassick, CEO of Irish Racehorse Trainers Association, Gerard Geraghty, PRO Ballinrobe Racecourse & Michael Higgins, General Manager of the Irish Injured Jockeys Fund
Vaughan Shoes Ladies Day Judge Mandy Maher pictured with Chairman John Staunton and Laura Vaughan of Vaughan Shoes