Pictured at the launch of Waterford & Tramore Racecourse’s action-packed, four day August Racing Festival which kicks off on this Thursday, August 17, at The House of Waterford Crystal are Marie Crowley, Paul Nolan Waterford Chamber President and Deirdre Allen. Picture: Patrick Browne
The Tramore August Festival kicks off this Thursday and these are the cards for the four days….
Tramore – Thursday August 17th
5.20 Womens Irish Network For Racing (WINR) Race Day Beginners Chase of €12,000 2m. 6f.
5.50 Pat Woodbyrne Memorial Rated Novice Steeplechase of €15,000 2m.
6.20 Calor Gas Maiden Hurdle of €12,000 2m.
6.50 Richard Power Private Client Betting Handicap Hurdle of €20,000 2m.
7.20 Waterford & Tramore Racecourse Supporters Club Rated Novice Hurdle of €12,000 2m.
7.50 O’Neills Bar Handicap Hurdle (Rated 80-95) of €10,500 2m. 5f.
8.20 Seanie Colfer Construction (Ladies) Maiden of €13,000 2m.
Tramore – Friday August 18th
5.05 EY Steeplechase of €20,000 2m. 6f.
5.35 Tom Murphy Car Sales Handicap Steeplechase (Rated 0-95) of €11,000 2m. 6f.
6.05 Hibernian Hotel Mares Maiden Hurdle of €12,000 2m. 5f.
6.35 www.seednecessities.com Handicap Hurdle (Rated 80-109) of €13,000 2m. 5f.
7.10 Olde Forge Maiden Hurdle of €12,000 2m.
7.45 Flynn Hotel Group Mares Handicap Hurdle (Rated 80-109) of €13,000 2m.
8.15 Brennan’s Pharmacy Flat Race of €10,500 2m.
Tramore – Saturday August 19th
4.50 Ashtown House Stud Irish EBF Fillies Maiden of €15,000 1m. 4f.
5.20 Perennial Freight Rated Race of €12,000 1m. 4f.
5.50 Dan Cowman Memorial Maiden of €12,500 1m. 4f.
6.20 Martha’s Bar Handicap (Rated 45-65) of €11,000 1m. 4f.
6.50 Strand Inn Handicap of €12,500 1m. 4f.
7.20 Assembly Techniques Handicap of €20,000 2m.
7.50 Waterford & Tramore Racecourse Handicap (Rated 45-65) of €10,000 2m.
Tramore – Sunday August 20th
1.50 Comeragh Veterinary Maiden Hurdle of €11,500 2m. 5f.
2.25 Frank Gillane Memorial Maiden Hurdle of €11,500 2m.
2.55 Waterford & Tramore Racecourse Directors Handicap Hurdle (Rated 80-95) of €10,000 2m.
3.30 Tramore Amusement & Leisure Park Mares Beginners Steeplechase of €13,000 2m. 6f.
4.05 Noel Cummins Bookmaker Handicap Steeplechase (Rated 0-123) of €20,000 2m. 6f.
4.40 Heinz Pollmeier Memorial Handicap Steeplechase (Rated 0-109) of €13,000 2m.
5.15 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Flat Race of €11,000 2m.
Irish And UK Fixtures
Wed 16th – Gowran Park (Listed Hurry Harriet Stakes) 4.55pm, Bangor (e), Beverley, Kempton (e), Newton Abbot and Salisbury.
Thu 17th – Leopardstown (Group 3 Desmond Stakes) 5.05pm, Tramore 5.20pm, Beverley, Chepstow (e), Fontwell, Salisbury and Yarmouth (e).
Fri 18th – Dundalk 3.40pm, Tramore 5.05pm, Catterick (e), Newbury, Newmarket (e), Nottingham and Wolverhampton.
Sat 19th – Curragh 1.45pm, Tramore 4.50pm, Bath (e), Doncaster, Market Rasen (e), Newbury, Newmarket, Perth and Ripon.
Sun 20th – Curragh (Group 2 Futurity Stakes) 2.10pm, Tramore 1.50pm, Pontefract and Southwell.
Mon 21st – Roscommon (e), Hexham (e), Lingfield, Thirsk and Windsor (e).
Tue 22nd – Sligo 5.20pm, Brighton, Kempton, Newton Abbot (e) and Yarmouth (e).
Terrestrial TV Racing
Saturday August 19th ITV4– Newbury, Newmarket and Ripon.1.30pm.
Did You Know?
As well as Laytown there are six other beach racecourses in Europe. Germany has one, there are two in France and three in Spain.
2017 Galway Hurdle Tigris River winner proved a length and three quarters to good for 2017 Queen Mother Champion Chase winner Special Tiara when the pair finished first and second in a one mile six furlongs flat maiden at Killarney in July 2014.
The Racing Post retails at €3.10 but it’s disappointing to note that it has dropped racing reports from UK and Irish evening meetings.
Cork – Line Out was a 7/2 Bank Holiday winner for John Kiely.
Salisbury – Denis Coakley sent out 20/1 winner Keepers Choice.
Leopardstown – Tramore born trainer Noel Dooly enjoyed a 20/1 success courtesy of Delaire.
Slievenamon was a recent winner for Kilsheelan trainer Eric Larkin at Cork. It was Eric’s first winner since Koln Stars won in Tramore in June 2004. In fairness Eric had very few runners in the interim as he had a full time job as a commandant in the Irish Army. He is now retired however and is training on a full time basis. He currently has three horses in training.
Shergar Cup For Irish Jockeys
The Great Britain and Ireland team comprising of Irish jockeys Fran Berry, Neil Callan and Jamie Spencer captured the Shergar Cup in front of an attendance of 31,000 at Ascot last Saturday. For good measure Fran Berry captured the individual jockey’s title.
Francois Doumen (77) has called time on his career as a successful dual purpose trainer.
Apprentice title contender Kieran Shoemark incurred a 10 days ban for dropping his hands in a Kempton race.
WLR At The Tramore Races
Using their Outside Broadcast Unit Waterford Local Radio (WLR FM) will broadcast live from the races on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday night’s broadcast includes Gavin Whelan’s On The Ball sports show.
Trainer Charlie McBride was fined £1,500 for running a wrong horse at Yarmouth.
When did a river, a swamp and a beach figure in the name of horses that filled the first three places home in a major festival hurdle? The answer is the 2017 Galway Hurdle where Tigress River scored from Swamp Fox and Airlie Beach.
All Stars Invitation
Cappagh born Tom Queally has been invited to the World All Star Jockeys event which takes place in Japan on Saturday and Sunday August 26th and 27th. Also participating are Anthony Crastus, Eurico Da Silva, Katelyn Mallyon, Kerrin McEvoy, Joao Moreira, Christophe Lemaire, Mirco Demuro and Yutaka Take.
York Prize Money
Prize money at the York Ebor festival is a record £4.4 million.
Frank Clarke the newly appointed Chief Justice of Ireland is a former Chairman of Leopardstown racecourse while he also stewarded at Leopardsown and Kilbeggan races.