Munster Weekend Of Racing Preview

Horse 5The Munster Weekend of Racing takes place on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th October 2015. The inaugural running of the €25,000 McMahons Munster Mile is the feature on a seven race Flat card and will take centre stage on Saturday 10th October at Limerick Racecourse. This will coincide with Munster’s oldest race, the €100,000 Ladbrokes Munster National, which takes place on Sunday 11th October. The 2015 renewal is shaping up to be one of the most eagerly anticipated races of the year. A field of 32 horses has been entered for the 2015 Ladbrokes Munster National. Among the entries is Shanpallas who carries 11st 5lb after he was victorious in 2014. Trained locally by Charles Byrnes, Shanpallas came out on top in an epic battle under jockey Davy Russell to defy Tom Horn and give owner JP McManus a one-two in the race and a second consecutive victory in Limerick’s richest race. Recent Kerry National winner, Rogue Angel, is one of four entries from the Mouse Morris yard as he bids to try and complete a unique double, while he also has Rule The World among the entries, who is top of the weights at 11st 10lb. Trainer Noel Meade who has a fine record over the years in the Munster National has two entries this year hailing from his Tu Va stables in Co. Meath, including last year’s runner up Tom Horn who is set to carry 10st 4lb in this year’s contest. Champion trainer Willie Mullins looks set to unleash a determined challenge with no less than six entries amongst the list from his all-conquering Co. Carlow base, including Urano who will be gunning for revenge after he looked to have the Kerry National sewn up. The ‘Master of Closutton’ has also entered the Galway Plate runner-up The Paparrazi Kid, one of four entries who were in the first six in this year’s renewal of the Galway Plate. The valuable contest has also attracted the attention of British trainers Harry Fry and Nicky Richards who have entered Opening Batsman (11st 3lb) and Gold Futures (10st 12lb) respectively as they aim to take the honours back across the Irish Sea. Conor O’Neill, General Manager of Limerick Racecourse commented: “The 2015 Munster Weekend of Racing is shaping up to be a thrilling weekend of racing. The Ladbrokes Munster National Day is synonymous with Limerick Racecourse and is a firm favourite on both the racing and social calendar, it really announces the start of the National Hunt season. I’m really excited about the inaugural running of the McMahon’s Munster Mile which will combine to provide a fitting finale to our flat season and I’m looking forward to welcoming everybody to Limerick Racecourse on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th October.”