Lester Piggott has been confirmed as guest of honour at the official launch of the newly redeveloped Tipperary Racecourse, which takes place on Thursday May 16.
Tipperary has built a new entrance building, secretaryâ€™s office and a pre-parade ring facility in addition to the already completed American-style barn with 42 â€¨stables.
Further developments are planned over the Summer months.
The launch celebrations coincide with Tipperaryâ€™s Point-to-Point race evening, featuring a competitive seven-race National Hunt card including the P2P.ie mares and geldings Point-To-Point INH Flat Races, and the Rathbarry and Glenview Studs Novice Hunters Chase.
â€œWe are very honoured that Lester Piggott will be joining us at Tipperary Races for the official launch of our new facilities,â€ said Jane Davis, manager at Tipperary Racecourse.
â€œHe is a hero to so many people and is a true icon of our sport. It is believed that it was a ride on-board Don Leone in the charity race at Tipperary in 1990 that prompted Lesterâ€™s return from retirement. Thursdayâ€™s launch will be a wonderful occasion and we look forward to welcoming all racegoers for a great nightâ€™s racing and entertainment.â€
After the third race Lester Piggott will be joined by the chairman of Tipperary Racecourse, Tim Hyde and members of the Racecourse Committee at the new entrance building to cut the ribbon on the new development.