Ready for the off at Christmas Racing Festival

Ready for the off at Christmas Racing Festival

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Launching the event at Shannon Airport were, Champion Jockey, Nina Carberry with, Billy, 5, Katie, 10 and Tom, 7 Maher, Clonlara Co. Clare. Picture: Alan Place/FusionShooters
Launching the event at Shannon Airport were, Champion Jockey, Nina Carberry with, Billy, 5, Katie, 10 and Tom, 7 Maher, Clonlara Co. Clare. Picture: Alan Place/FusionShooters

Leading Irish jockey Nina Carberry was on hand to launch what is one of the most eagerly awaited fixtures of the national hunt calendar, the Shannon Airport Christmas Racing Festival at Limerick Racecourse.

The 2015 renewal will this year boast a staggering prize fund in excess of €450,000, with 28 races to be decided throughout the four-day spectacle which takes place from Saturday, December 26th to Tuesday, December 29th.

Over 40,000 people are expected to attend the Shannon Airport sponsored extravaganza, making it Ireland’s biggest sporting and social gathering of the festive season outside the capital. The racing action gets underway each day from circa 12:30pm.

Sunday, December 27th also has the added attraction of featuring the Sunway Holidays Most Stylish Lady Competition. The lucky winner will walk away with a seven night holiday for two people in a 4* Star resort in Lanzarote to include accommodation, transfers and flights from Shannon Airport.

The fourth and final day of racing, Tuesday 29th December is festive family fun day in association with the Cliona’s Foundation, the official charity partner of the Shannon Airport Christmas Racing Festival. Limerick Racecourse will be transformed into a children’s paradise on Day 4 with a whole host of free children’s activities on offer inside the Greenmount Grotto.

Children under 16 years will enjoy FREE admission on all 4 days of the festival.

RTE Racing will also be providing live coverage of the feature race each day on RTE 2 television.

About the 2015 Shannon Airport Christmas Racing Festival 26th – 29th December
Day 1:                Saturday 26th December – St. Stephens Day
First Race:         12.35pm
Feature Race:        The Grade 2 Shannon Airport Novice Steeplechase of €42,000
Last Race:              3.50pm

Day 2:           Sunday 27th December – Sunway Holidays Most Stylish Lady Day
First Race:               12.30pm
Feature Race:          The Grade B Tim Duggan Insurance Steeplechase of €50,000
Last Race:                3.55pm

Day 3:               Monday 28th December – Sporting Limerick Day
First Race:            12.30pm
Feature Race:       The Listed Irish Independent 4yo Hurdle of €26,000
Last Race:               3.50pm

Day 4:                    Tuesday 29th December – Festive Family Fun Day
First Race:              12.20pm
Feature Race:        The Grade 2 Kirkland Investments Novice Hurdle of €42,000
Last Race:      3.50pm

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