WITH prize money of €5,000 in the offing for Ladies' Day and good weather forecast, the Listowel Races June Bank Holiday meeting is shaping up as the place to be for Sunday and Monday, June 2 and 3.
Ladies' Day organisers Eilísh Stack and milliner Aoife Hannon have put together a competition that is already provoking massive interest among the fashionable women of north Kerry and beyond.
The horse racing itself is promising some first-class action for punters with a flat card for the Sunday and an all-jump card for Monday. It might not be the Listowel Harvest Racing Festival, but it is still a damn sight better than many other meetings the length and breadth of the country.
"The ground should be in perfect nick if we get a decent run up to it as Dan O'Connell and his team have done fantastic work," Race Company director Pat Healy said. "We're really looking forward to it now and it's getting more and more popular every year, combining with Writers' Week to create a fantastic atmosphere in town. With Kerry playing Waterford on Saturday it will give GAA fans a chance to come to Listowel and savour the horse racing," Mr Healy added.
Of greatest excitement is the Ladies' Day package. "Eilísh and Aoife have put together a fantastic range of prizes and we're very grateful for the sponsorship of so many businesses in town. All we can do now is pray for fine weather!"