Horses and hurling on the Bettyville Park turf

Front of the stands experience at Bettyville Park. The penultimate fence in a steeplechase. Pic; WexfordToday.com

It is going to be warm at Bettyville Park this Friday evening (21 down to 18 degrees up to 9 pm) but ongoing watering will maintain ‘good safe ground’ for the 77 runners who will vigorously compete for a total prize fund of €89,000 over hurdles, steeplechases and a National Hunt flat race. The first race is off at 5.35 pm.

The atmosphere is expected to be special as Cairde Loch Garman, who are a fundraising group for the GAA in Wexford, are having a corporate day trackside and the news this evening is that the event has been declared ‘a sell-out’.

Silverware from last Sunday’s thrilling Wexford double success in senior and minor hurling over old rivals, Kilkenny, will be on show and the superstars of the sliother will be present in abundance.

On the competitive side the seven-race card is inviting punters to take a keen interest and top trainers like Willie Mullins, and locals such as Paul Nolan, Colin Bowe, Sean Doyle, John Berry, and maybe a few more, will have runners and there is nothing like a local winner at Wexford to raise the spirits and boost racing in the south-east.

WEXFORD CARD DETAILS ARE AS FOLLOWS;

5.35 pm – Diageo Maiden Hurdle for five-year-olds plus of €11,500. Distance three miles. (13 runners).

6.05 pm – Audi Wexford Maiden Handicap Hurdle for five-year olds plus of €11,500. Two miles and four furlongs. (10 runners).

6.35 pm – Kehoe Brothers Machinery Handicap Hurdle for four-year-olds plus of €10,500. Two miles 150 yards. (14 runners).

7.10 pm – Neville Hotels Beginners Chase of €12,500. Three miles one furlong 20 yards. (9 runners).

7.40 pm – J. Donohoe BMW Chase of €20,000. Two miles four furlongs. (6 runners).

8.15 pm – Crown Bar Handicap Chase of €12,500. Two miles four furlongs. (11 runners).

8.45 pm – Cairde Loch Garman (Mares) INH Flat Race of €10,500. Two miles four furlongs. (14 runners).

The organisers are confident of good Friday evening support and standard of racing will be keen.
Admission is €15; OAP/Students €10; under 16 are free. Special offers and group rates are also available. For more information contact info@wexfodrraces.ie

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