Clonmel Racecourse is preparing for one of its busiest times of the year.
With the National Hunt season (over fences and hurdles) about to get underway in earnest in both Ireland and Britain, Powerstown Park will host meetings on October 31, November 14 and December 5.
“We have three good meetings coming up and we hope they’re well attended”, says Eugene Cooney, the racecourse’s marketing manager. The main event is Clonmel Oil Chase Day on Thursday, November 14, which is always a big day in the calendar.
“Last year we scored a big coup with Sizing Europe running in and winning the chase. The entry of a lot of horses depends on the going - Tommy Kelly and his staff always do a great job to ensure that conditions are just right - and we’re hoping for a class field. We’re delighted that Clonmel Oil have stayed on as sponsors”, says Mr. Cooney.
Special tickets for the day cost just €25 and include admission, a racecard, lunch and a €5 betting voucher. These must be pre-purchased from the website tickets.ie or the Clonmel Racecourse website and may also be purchased from Centra and SuperValu stores nationwide. General admission costs €15 and €10 for students and OAPs. Free admission tickets will also be available for every €30 spent at the Clonmel Oil filling stations at either the Waterford Road or Prior Park. “We’ll have live music in the club stand after racing and a very attractive prize for the free racecard competition”, he added.
Before that there will also be a meeting on Halloween, Thursday, October 31. “We’re delighted that the Norris family are continuing their sponsorship of the www.grahamnorris.com Memorial handicap hurdle”, said Eugene Cooney. On that day every paid admission will receive a €5 food voucher. “With children under 18 admitted free it’s an opportunity for families to do something together for the mid-term break”, says Mr. Cooney. He added that the course had been made available to local schools the Loreto and Presentation free of charge for recent fun runs, while juveniles from Clonmel Athletic Club also train there occasionally. The Halloween meeting was an opportunity for their parents to give something back to the course. Meanwhile on Thursday, December 5 Mr. Cooney said they were very much looking forward to welcoming John Kennedy Motors and Toyota as sponsors.