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RUGBY, RACING AND BUSINESS PERSONALITIES ENJOY THRILLING THOROUGHBRED ACTION WITH A BUMPER CROWD IN ROYAL COUNTY’S FAIRYHOUSE WINTER FESTIVAL

Sunday, 2 December 2018 at 04:18PM

Winter Festival weekend attendance up 11% versus last year  

Super Mare ‘Apples Jade’ Makes it Three in a Row and Takes the Feature Race Grade 1 BarOneRacing.com Hatton’s Grace Hurdle for Ryanair Supremo Michael O’Leary

 

Sunday 2nd December 2018

Young Irish international rugby sensation Jordan Larmour joined racing legend Sir Anthony McCoy racing’s greatest ever jumps jockey, Ryanair supremo Michael O’Leary, business personality JP McManus and well known former politician turned broadcaster Ivan Yates along with bumper crowds in Fairyhouse today to enjoy the highlight of the Irish jump racing season so far on a day that had three of the best Grade 1 races on offer. The huge weekend attendance was up just over 11% versus last year in a thrilling meeting that saw the super mare Apples Jade take on some of the best hurdle horses in the country and win the highlight race of the day the Grade One BarOneRacing.com Hatton’s Grace Hurdle for the third time in a row with her regular jockey the young Kerryman Jack Kennedy onboard for owner and Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary and in form local trainer Gordon Elliot who won four of the seven races today.  

The market spoke volumes in the first Grade 1 of the day at Fairyhouse - the Baroneracing.com Royal Bond Novice Hurdle - as the Willie Mullins-trained Quick Grabim was backed from a morning price of 2-1 into even-money favourite at the off and he duly obliged in impressive fashion. Ruby Walsh made every yard of the running on the six-year-old who stayed on strongly to beat Triplicate by three-and-three quarter lengths. The second Grade 1 of the day the BarOne Racing.com Drinmore Chase was won again by Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary and his horse Delta Work again trained by local trainer Gordon Elliott and ridden by Davy Russell, who rode three winners today, came home in front to a massive cheer from the happy crowd.  

Fairyhouse General Manager Peter Roe said “This was arguably the best racing in the country on view so far this year and it was capped off with a super performance from Apples Jade who is trained just down the road from us by Gordon Elliott. We were delighted with the huge attendance which was buoyed by a large contingent from Northern Ireland who came to see the best racing on view so far in Ireland this season. Our crowds and corporate sales were up on last year and our race sponsorships also increased with the likes of Bar One Racing sponsoring the entire second day of racing. We can’t wait now to look forward and start preparing for our racing now on New Years Day and all our focus will also be on the Easter Festival which will feature Ireland’s favourite race the BoyleSports Irish Grand National. Our locals always enjoy the big days out here especially yesterday when we had huge interest in our Christmas Jumper competition which was something different to the traditional Best Dressed Lady competition!”

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