It was a brilliant evening at Bettyville Park; a time for shirt sleeves and shorts, family groups, teenage groups and the more mature enthusiasts, and they turned out in large numbers to share a thrilling experience of high class racing action. It was the biggest attendance of the year so far.
Favourites fared well and so did the local participants. Champion trainer Willie Mullins sent out Poker D’ainay (5/4 fav.) with champion jockey Paul Townend up, and they scored an impressive victory by five and a half lengths for Ballywilliam owner, John Brennan.
Champion point-to-point rider Barry O’Neill from Ballindaggin was given a great opportunity for success of Henry de Bromhead’s Plan Of Attack, (9/4), and the partnership gelled well and delivered a two and three quarter lengths success in the Neville Hotels Beginners Chase.
Taghmon claimer, Sean O’Keeffe teamed up with breeder, owner and trainer combined, John Morrison from Waterford to gain a two and three quarter lengths victory with Arch Melody, (6/1), in the highly competitive Crown Bar Handicap Chase.
The next race meeting at Bettyville Park is scheduled for Friday, July 26th and the special feature will be Ladies Day.