Free entry for historic race day
LOYAL fans of the turf will get free admission at the Curragh today when the country's premier course stages its final race day of the season.
Hackett's Bookmakers have agreed to support the free admission initiative with the Curragh to celebrate their sponsorship of the Hackett's Bookmakers Irish Cesarewich.
The Cesarewich is one of the most historic races in the Irish calendar and traditionally one of the most competitive races of the year.
The Irish Cesarewich is the feature of a seven-race programme starting at 2.15pm that will also include the Lanwades & Staffordstown Studs' Stakes, Finale Stakes and Testimonial Stakes. The race day will also kick start the Go Racing in Kildare Festival Week, with four exciting race days taking place at all three Co Kildare tracks from today to October 16. The commercial manager of the Curragh, Evan Arkwright, said: "It is fair to say that 2011 has been a challenging year for the racecourse and although economic factors and poor weather have made life difficult for us, we have been very well supported throughout the year and therefore delighted that we can provide a token of our gratitude to our patrons by offering free admission in conjunction with Hackett's Bookmakers."
John Hackett of Hackett's Bookmakers commented: "We are pleased to support the Irish Cesarewitch again and to celebrate our 10th year of sponsorship by supporting the initiative to provide free admission, which will hopefully encourage lots of people to enjoy one of the most competitive race days of the year."