They’re off on St. Patrick’s Day at Wexford races 17/03/15 : the chronicle.ie

They’re off on St. Patrick’s Day at Wexford races 17/03/15

| March 17, 2015

Horse racing returns to Wexford on St. Patrick’s Day with the first meeting of 2015. The traditional St. Patrick’s Day meeting is always one of the best attended of the season drawing local and visitors to a fixture which enjoys a great atmosphere.

For many it will be an opportunity to reflect on Cheltenham and use their winnings of Cheltenham week to tackle the bookies again or an opportunity to recoup losses incurred at the big festival meeting.

There is an exciting national hunt card on the day with the €25,000 Artic Tack Stud Veterans Chase the feature on the card. There is a very good supporting programme as well with the €16,500 Micheal O’Murchadha Rated Hurdle and the €16,000 Christy Lynch of the Order of Malta Novice Chase.

The latter race is named in honour of a Wexford town man who was a tireless worker for the order of Malta and who worked as part of the ambulance crew at Wexford Racecourse for many years.

He died suddenly late last year.

In all there are fourl hurdle races, two chases and a bumper on the card. But it’s not just the racing which will attract people to the meeting there is also children’s entertainment and as usual Phelim Byrne’s Seasuir will be available in The Ivy Room with a top class menu.

The St. Patrick’s Day fixture is the first of twelve meetings scheduled for the Wexford course in 2015. with at least one meeting every month (except September) all the way through until November.

The meeting on Tuesday April 21st will be a very special occasion at the course because it will involve a trial running of all races in an anti-clockwise direction, the first time this has ever happened at the course where changing the direction of the races has been under consideration for some time.

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