Ballinrobe-based company McHale have renewed their sponsorship of the McHale Mayo National and the McHale Coranna Handicap Hurdle on May 26th. Each race has a prize-fund of €30,000, which makes them Ballinrobe Racecourse’s most valuable races. It marks one of the racing highlights in Ballinrobe Racecourse’s calendar. Known as McHale day, the raceday forms the second part of a two-day national hunt meeting on May 25th and 26th.
Last year, the Anthony Mullins trained Sammy Black won the McHale Mayo National under jockey Barry Connell. The McHale Coranna H’Cap Hurdle was won by Kilcarry Bridge, trained by John P. Ryan and ridden by R. P. Treacy.
Established over 30 years ago, McHale will sponsor seven races on the day. The family-run business produces a range of specialist farm machinery focusing on balers and bale wrappers and is a major employer in the Ballinrobe area. Manufacturing takes place at a purpose-built factory in Ballinrobe.
John Flannelly, Manager of Ballinrobe Racecourse said: “This two-day meeting at the end of May is a very important part of our racing calendar here at Ballinrobe. Congratulations to Costello & McDermott who sponsor the feature race on May 25th, marking their 50th Anniversary. We welcome back McHale our race sponsors for McHale raceday on Tuesday 26th. We are delighted that the partnership between McHale and the racecourse continues to grow and long may it continue.”
Padraic McHale, Managing Director of McHale commented: ““We are delighted to be sponsoring the race day for the second year running. Our relationship with the racecourse has developed greatly over the last 15 years and we are delighted to be involved with the race day on May 26th. Last year proved a great success and a thoroughly enjoyable evening was had by all. Let’s hope the weather is as good as last year, on May 26th.”
First race off at 6pm.