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Diamond adds extra sparkle to Killarney Races

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Fashion stylists and footballers, Roses and broadcasters will descend on Killarney Racecourse this week for a four-day festival of high quality racing and entertainment.

The occasion celebrates Killarney’s distinguished racing history which dates back to 1822, while the present, most scenic race course in Ireland, set against the backdrop of Killarney National Park, was opened in 1936.

To mark the occasion Killarney Racecourse staff members Philip O’Brien, Megan Daly and Peg O’Connor donned vintage attire and brought traffic to a standstill in Killarney town centre.with a high-profile photo-shoot with an obliging horse named Fia.

The racing will get underway on this Wednesday, August 22, and it will conclude on Saturday when TV3 fashion guru and stylist Mandy Maher, of the Catwalk Model Agency, will link up with dapper Radio Kerry broadcaster Brendan Fuller to judge the best dressed lady and best dressed gent competitions.

The prize for the best dressed lady is a spectacular €2,000 diamond ring set in an exquisite gold band and the best dressed gent will receive formal and casual attire worth €1,000.

Friday evening’s meeting will see many of the Kerry GAA stars joining the punters for a special Kerry GAA benefit night. It’s an occasion not to be missed and the message to Kingdom fans is to keep their eyes open and they’ll never know who they’ll bump into.

The newly crowned Rose of Tralee will make her first public appearance at the races on Wednesday, arriving by helicopter in a style fit for a Rose. She will happily mingle with punters at a meet and greet session at the track.

Racing on Wednesday will commence at 2.00pm, on Thursday it’s 4.25pm, on Friday the first of the white flags will be raised at 4.45pm and on Saturday it’s a 1.25pm start.

The big race on an all-flat card on Wednesday is the Racing Post Vincent O’Brien Ruby Stakes, a listed race valued at €50,000, which will be run at 3.40pm.

Thursday’s racing highlight will be the KWD Kingdom Gold Cup Handicap, also valued at €50,000, which will get underway at 5.30pm.

The big one on Friday is the €50,000 Grade B At The Races Handicap Hurdle, which will be the sixth race on the card at 7.30pm.

Saturday’s feature race will be the €50,000 MSL Cork Mercedes Benz Handicap Steeplechase, Grade B, which will get under starter’s orders at 4.20pm.

Admission on Wednesday and Thursday is €15, on Friday and Saturday it will be €20 and students and OAPs will be admitted from €12 with valid ID. Children under 12 years of age will be admitted free of charge but they must be accompanied by an adult.

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Ireland’s newest and toughest cycle will be a thrilling challenge

Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist. Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare […]

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Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist.

Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare will tackle some of Kerry’s toughest climbs and highest mountain passes.

Taking place on October 22, Velo Kenmare is an 135km timed loop route starting and finishing in Kenmare. The total climbing distance is 1,650m, and organisers hope to appeal to serious cyclists who are looking for a new and thrilling challenge.

No stranger to cycling events, Velo Kenmare is being managed by Elite Events Management, who also successfully deliver iconic cycling events Wicklow 200, Ride Dingle and the Ring of Beara Cycle.
Cyclists are encouraged to register for Velo Kenmare on the Velo Cycle Ireland website www.velocycleireland.ie but places are limited for the enjoyment and safety of all participants, and anyone interested is urged to sign up soon as places are filling up.

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​​​​The tough enough mountain climbs are over Molls Gap, Ballaghbeama Pass, Ballaghasheen and Coomakista. The route will take in breathtaking scenery Kenmare is famous for, and incorporating some of the most stunning parts of the Wild Atlantic Way and Ring of Kerry. It is hoped visitors to the cycle event will be encouraged to stay for a few days, and will all be given €20 vouchers or ‘Velo Dollars’ to spend in local shops which will be redeemable against goods and services in Kenmare.

Riders will be allotted a time slot to allow for a staggered start, taking them along a fully marshalled route, with medical cover, bike mechanic support, and hot food and entertainment at the finish in Kenmare.

Making its mark, Velo Kenmare participant race packs will come inside a yellow Velo Kenmare water bottle and finishers’ medals are in the shape of a yellow cow bell. Prizes will be awarded for the quickest top three male and top three female finishers, and fastest male and female will be awarded the title of King and Queen of the Kerry Mountains.

Experienced cyclists are encouraged to take on this exciting new challenge, testing themselves and their clubmates for the fastest finish across these four gruelling climbs, through some of the most beautiful landscape in the country for the best welcome back at the finish.

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Additional Flat fixture for Killarney Races next week

Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10). This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October […]

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Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10).

This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October 5) with declarations to run to be made by 10am this Saturday (October 8).

The race programme details for this fixture are on the HRI RAS website www.hri.ie.

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