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Ballinrobe Host HRI Industry Education Day

Tuesday, September 11th 2018

At the Transition Year Education Day at Ballinrobe Racecourse, pictured were T.Y. Students from St.Colmans College Claremorris with Racecourse Track Manager Cathal Flannelly and their Teacher Carmel Cruise.
Pic:Trish Forde.


127 transition year students from two local secondary schools, St Colman’s College, Claremorris and Ballinrobe Community School, got to go behind-the-scenes at Ballinrobe racecourse today. 

At the Transition Year Education Day at Ballinrobe Racecourse, pictured were students from Ballinrobe Community School, with their Teacher Shane Conlon and Racecourse Manager John Flannelly.
Pic:Trish Forde.


The students met with racecourse manager John Flannelly who spoke about preparing for racedays and the role of the racecourse in the community.  John also took students on a tour of the racecourse.


Ballinrobe Racecourse Track Manager Cathal Flannelly. speaking to students from St.Colmans College Claremorris at the Transition Year Education Day at the Racecourse.
Pic:Trish Forde.

Track foreman Cathal Flannelly discussed ground maintenance and management, while trainer Michael Grassick from the Irish Racehorse Trainers Association spoke to the students about life as a racehorse trainer and about how to prepare a horse for the races.


Patrick Ryan from HRI’s CARE department gave the students an overview of the racing industry and discussed potential employment options within the industry.


At the Transition Year Education Day at Ballinrobe Racecourse, pictured were speakers at the event:Left to right:Ballinrobe Racecourse Track Manager Cathal Flannelly, Horse Racing Ireland representitive Paddy Ryan, Irish Racehorse Trainers Association CEO Michael Grassick and Racecourse Manager John Flannelly.
Pic:Trish Forde.

The objective of the HRI’s industry education day is to build ties between the racecourse and their local community and build on the growing interest in horse racing among students, creating opportunities to experience the sport in greater depth. 


John Flannelly, Ballinrobe racecourse manager, commented: “We were delighted to welcome transition year students to Ballinrobe today.  It gives us an opportunity to showcase our facilities, meet the team on the ground and educate students on what goes on behind the scenes.  We are very fortunate to have great support from the local community and we look forward to welcoming these students back to Ballinrobe with their families and friends.”




At the Transition Year Education Day at Ballinrobe Racecourse, pictured were students from Ballinrobe Community School, with their Teacher Shane Conlon and Racecourse Manager John Flannelly.
Pic:Trish Forde.

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.