St Patrick's Day Racing at Limerick
The 2004 St Patrick's Day celebrations will once again coincide with thetraditional
high quality National Hunt card at Limerick Racecourse onWednesday 17
March. The first of seven races is off at 2.40pm to enablepeople to get
out after the parades have finished, with special busesrunning from Colbert
Station in Limerick City from 1.30pm.
The feature race of the day is a new Listed race, the Dawn Milk ShannonSpray
Mares Novice Hurdle worth EUR35,000, and is named after the prolificwinning
mare, Shannon Spray, who was trained locally by Austin Leahy.Bambury Bookmakers
are sponsoring for the first time at the new track and
will be running special ticket offers in each of their five Limerick shops;the
country's oldest independent bookmaker, established in 1950, is also looking
forward to opening its sixth unit in the city centre in the late spring.
An additional bonus for this year is the clash with the middle day of
theNational Hunt Festival at Cheltenham and punters will be able to bet
on allthe action of Champion Chase Day on course with Ladbrokes, or the
Tote aswell as enjoying the home action at Limerick. Full catering facilitiesincluding
the Supermac's Family Restaurant will be opened for the duration.
Thursday 18 March is Cheltenham Gold Cup Day, and the third running of
thesuccessful Gold Cup Luncheon at Limerick Racecourse will take place,
withlocal support backing Michael Hourigan and "Beef or Salmon"
for another tiltat the blue riband of National Hunt racing. A few places
still remain for the Luncheon, which costs just EUR55 per person, and
enquiries should be made direct to the Racecourse Office.
Angus Houston - General Manager
Tel: 061 320000
Fax: 061 355766