Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sunday is the start of a historic season for Naas Racecourse in which they will host the opening and closing fixtures on the flat season calendar.

Legendary jockey Mick Kinane, along with Orla, was on hand to help launch the start of the new flat season at Naas Racecourse


In total, Naas will host 11 flat racing fixtures, including nine listed races and ten group races.

Curragh Racecourse has been the traditional home of the opening flat race fixture but because of the renovations taking place there, this is the first year since 1998 that it has been held elsewhere.

Tom Ryan, manager of Naas Racecourse, said:

“It is a really exciting time at Naas Racecourse as we prepare to open the Irish flat season for the very first time. We were only too happy to assist our colleagues at the Curragh Racecourse by hosting four Curragh fixtures this year. 2017 is a very significant year for us here too as we will also commence our €3.5 million redevelopment programme this month. Our racecourse redevelopment, combined with our flat season calendar marks the beginning of a new chapter for Naas and a new and bright future.”

The redevelopment programme at Naas will see the refurbishment of the main grandstand and self-catering restaurant and the development of a modern, two storey curved pavilion which will incorporate balcony viewing. Significant landscaping work will be completed which includes a new parade ring, winner’s enclosure and extended children’s playground. Works have already commenced with the demolition of an old viewing stand and work is due to be completed by January 2018.

Mick Kinane and Jim Bolger spoke to Des Scahill at the launch of the new flat season at Naas Racecourse

The highlights of Sunday’s card are the Group 3 EBF Park Express Stakes and the Tote Irish Lincolnshire Premier Handicap.

Following on from her hugely successful Cheltenham Festival Gold Cup winning trainer Jessica Harrington switches her attention to the flat and she will have strong claims in the Lincoln with Marshall Jennings.

The race is headed by top weights, Onenightidreamed and Sruthan, the last two winners of the race.

In the Group 3 EBF Park Express Stakes, Aidan O’Brien’s Somehow could be one to watch.

Tickets for the EBF Park Express Stakes are on sale now. General Admission tickets are priced at €15 and include a €5 betting voucher. The first race is off at 2.30pm. To make a hospitality booking or for more information log on to or call (045) 897 391.

The Kildare Nationalist has five pairs of tickets to give away for Sunday’s racing.

If you want to be in with a chance of winning, simply email the answer of the following question to [email protected] by 1pm on Friday 24 March.

How many flat racing fixtures will be held at Naas Racecourse this season?

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