Sunday 25 September 2016

Racing returns to Dowth Hall

Siobhán English

Published 21/10/2015 | 02:30

Members of the Devinish Nutrition team launch the point-to-point at Dowth Hall. From left, Patrick McLaughlin, Geoffrey Frawley, Owen Brennan and Simon Caughey
Members of the Devinish Nutrition team launch the point-to-point at Dowth Hall. From left, Patrick McLaughlin, Geoffrey Frawley, Owen Brennan and Simon Caughey

Racing is to make a welcome return to the historic Dowth Hall this coming Sunday, October 25 as the Co Meath estate hosts the Meath Hunt and Tara Harriers' point-to-point.

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Established by the Netterville family in the 1800s and situated between Slane and Drogheda, Dowth Hall has a long association with thoroughbreds and previous owners, the Gradwells, bred the 1898 Aintree Grand National winner named Drogheda.

The race card features six races, all over three miles, with the day being sponsored by Belfast animal nutrition company Devenish who have also lined up entertainment for children and the Boyne Valley Food Artisan Market as part of the special day.

Present owner of Dowth Hall and executive chairman of Devinish, Owen Brennan commented: "We are delighted to be hosting the Meath and Tara Point-to-Point at Dowth Hall, continuing the tradition and association with racing that was established here by the Nettervilles and continued by the Gradwell and Cameron families. I have been very impressed by the events in the Boyne Valley Food Series and see quality food and racing complimenting each other really well."

The Boyne Valley Food Series is a Fáilte Ireland supported series of food events promoting the food heritage of the Brú na Boínne (The Boyne Valley). All are local start-ups, using home sourced produce to create quality food and drink.

With over 60 years' experience in the agri-industry, Devenish Nutrition is a market leader in developing and offering advanced nutritional solutions to pig, poultry, ruminant, companion animal and equine sectors. They are the largest independent provider of speciality products in the UK and Irish pig, poultry and ruminant premix markets.

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