Downpatrick ready for Ulster National Day


Wednesday, March 06, 2019
Downpatrick 2019

Patrick Grinter, Operations Executive at Downpatrick Racecourse, Lauren Toal, Director at Toals.com Bookmakers and Sylvia Richards, Customer Development Executive (NI) SHS Group Drinks Division at Downpatrick Racecourse with The Great Georgie - a four year old trained by Patrick Turley at Downpatrick


Downpatrick Racecourse today announced an increase in prize-money for the toalsbet.com Ulster National on Sunday 24th March 2019. The feature race of the Downpatrick racing calendar now has a value of €40,000.

The increase comes from the new Horse Racing Ireland initiative to help racecourses build upon the success of feature races, and also the increased support by longstanding and valued sponsors, Toals Bookmakers.

Lauren Toal, Director at Toals Bookmakers, said: ‘’We are happy to continue our long association with Downpatrick Racecourse sponsoring the toalsbet.com Ulster National. We believe the increased prize-money of €40,000 should attract a competitive field and will provide a lively betting market for our customers.’’

The winner of the race will also receive the Caughoo Trophy presented by The McDowell Family in memory of their great horse Caughoo who won the Ulster National in 1945 and 1946, before winning the Aintree Grand National in 1947.

Other feature races on the day include the WKD €18,000 Hurdle and the Connollys RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Maiden Hurdle of €20,000.

Brendan Loughran of SHS Drinks, said: “We are delighted to be part of such an iconic event.  We see our partnership with Downpatrick Racecourse as a perfect fit, providing a platform for racegoers to sample WKD whilst enjoying a fantastic day out.”

In addition to sponsoring the WKD Hurdle, the popular drinks company are also sponsoring the ‘Most Appropriately Dressed Lady’ on the day. The lucky winner will receive a weekend trip for two to Paris, The Fashion Capital of the World.

Richard Lyttle, Downpatrick Racecourse Manager, said: "We look forward to hosting our first race meeting of the 2019 season and of course the toalsbet.com Ulster National.  We would like to thank all our sponsors for their support at Downpatrick and are looking forward to a great day."

We look forward to hosting our first race meeting of the 2019 season and of course the toalsbet.com Ulster National. We would like to thank all our sponsors for their support at Downpatrick and are looking forward to a great day.

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