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All set for Irish Pony Club Race Day

September 13, 2016

12th September 2016

All set for Irish Pony Club Race Day

The Irish Pony Club will join forces with The Curragh Racecourse on Sunday September 25h when the annual Pony Club Family Race Day takes place at the famous County Kildare venue.

The top class program of racing features the Juddmonte Beresford Stakes (Group 2), CL & MF Weld Park Stakes (Group 3) and Manguard Plus Amateur Riders Derby.

The objective of this exciting initiative will be not only for the Curragh to showcase horse racing to Pony Club members from all over Ireland, but most importantly for the Pony Club to celebrate the end of their busy summer season with a fun and exciting day for all the family to enjoy.

One of the most exciting aspects of the initiative is a Jockey Skills Training Course which took place last weekend at the world renowned Racing Academy and Centre of Education in Kildare Town with 10 Pony Club members taking part as follows

Micheal OConnor             Golden Vale

Katie Reddington             Ward Union

Ailbhe Leonard Galway Mid County

Jade McClafferty              East Donegel

Anna Walsh                        Tipperary

Aine Lane                            United

James Dillon                       Ward Union

Jane Field                            Galway Mid County

Niall Burke                          South Union

Andy ODonnell                 Kilkenny

The overall winner who will be announced on the race day, will receive one week of work experience with a leading trainer, together with private jockey coaching session with a RACE Instructor and 200 euro voucher from TRI Equestrian.  A Jockey Skills Display will take place on the track after the last race with the emphasis on style and skill not as an actual race. Participants in Jockey Skills course will be assessed by RACE during their weekend course for the suitability to ride in the display.

A packed program of entertainment during the afternoon will include a special Musical Ride performance by both the Laois and North Tipperary Ormond Pony Clubs, while there will be presentations to the 10 Pony Club members who have been selected for Inspirational Awards,

All Pony Club members and all Under 16s will gain complimentary admission to the races.

Race Day Schedule

12noon                 Gates open

1.50pm                 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden

2pm                       Race Day Preview with Thom Malone of Paddy Power and Pat Brennan of the Tote

2.20                        CL & MF Weld Park Stakes (Group 3)

2.30                          Presentation to Irish Pony Club Jockey Skills Participates (parade ring)

2.50                       Renaissance Stakes (Group 3)

2.55                        Irish Pony Club Musical Ride display by Laois Branch (racetrack)

3.25                        Juddmonte Beresford Stakes (Group 2)

3.55                      Manguard Plus Amateur Riders Derby

4.10                       Presentation to Irish Pony Club Inspirational Award Winners (parade ring)

4.30                       Mongey Communications Joe McGrath Handicap

4.35                       Irish Pony Club Musical Rider display by North Tipperary Ormond Branch

5.05                       Sycamore Lodge Equine Hospital Loughbrown Stakes (Listed)

5.15                        Presentation to Irish Pony Club Musical Ride participants (parade ring)

5.35                       Dublin Coach Handicap

5.45                        Irish Pony Club Jockey Skills Exhibition Display (racetrack over 4 furlongs)








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