Serious Racing, Fun And Fashion At Listowel Races This September

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All dressed up on Tuesday to promote authentic vintage day during the Listowel Races were, Mary Murphy, Jimmy Moloney, Sonia Blisson, Kieran Moloney, Grace Madden, Imelda Murphy and Orlagh Winters, judge. Photo: Don MacMonagle

THE Listowel Racing Company is celebrating 160 years of racing at the scenic course this year and they are promising some fantastic entertainment.

The festival, which takes place from Sunday, September 9 to Saturday, September 15, was launched at the course on Tuesday and the racing highlights over the seven days include the €40,000 Kerry Group Handicap Steeplechase (Sunday 9th); the €200,000 Guinness Kerry National Handicap Steeplechase, Grade A (Wednesday 12th) and the €100,000 Ladbrokes Ireland Handicap Hurdle, Grade B (Thursday 13th).

This year the total prize money over the seven days is  just over €1.3 million.

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Fashionable racers of all ages can look forward to three days of Best Dressed competitions, including dedicated categories for gentlemen, ladies, younger racers, vintage lovers, couples, the most Stylish Selfie and the Best Dressed Stable Groom.

The fashion highlight of the week is the McElligott’s Honda Ladies Day on Friday 14th of September judged by actress and media personality Aoibhin Garrihy assisted by fashion stylist and TV personality Marietta Doran.

The overall McElligotts Honda Best Dressed Lady will win a Honda Civic for a year and €3,000 in cash, with further cash prizes of €3,500 to be won on the day. The popular Best Dressed Man Competition, sponsored by Emerald Properties, Construction & Property Rentals, Listowel, is on Thursday 13th.

Grace Madden with a special birthday cake celebrating Listowel Races 160th year, pictured on Tuesday with John Galvin and Brenda Daly at the launch of the 7 day Listowel Harvest Racing Festival. Photo: Don MacMonagle

The Listowel Tidy Town / An Taisce Best Presentation of an Up cycled/Restyled or Authentic Vintage Outfit is on the closing date of the festival, Saturday 15th of September and judged by Kerry fashionista Orlagh Winters and Rachel Geary from An Taisce.

As always, in addition to top quality National Hunt and Flat racing, the Listowel Racing Committee have organised an extensive range of free entertainment, including the Kerry Group family Day; daily race card draws with cash prizes, promotions, music and more.

Making a welcome return for the third year on Ladies Day is the Listowel Races double decker bus. With the promise to “Save your heels – we have got wheels” the Listowel Bus is free and will depart from 12 noon, every half hour from the town Square.

There will also be music and bubbles on board the bus, with ticket giveaways and prizes. The brainchild of David Fitzmaurice, Director & former Chairman of Listowel Racing Company, the bus will bring racegoers in comfort and style to Ladies Day.

Admission is €20 each day / OAP / Students: €12 and children under 12 have free admission to the race course, when accompanied by an adult.

Group, corporate, sports clubs and pre booking discounts also available including 7 day ticket for the price of 5 days; 20% discount for pre purchase of 20 tickets or more.   All tickets can be purchased online at www.listowelraces.ie.

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