The two-day National Hunt May racing festival at Ballinrobe takes place on Monday May 27th and Tuesday May 28th, incorporating one of the highlights of the 2019 Ballinrobe fixture list, the McHale race day, sponsored by local specialist farm machinery company, McHale, now in its sixth year of sponsorship. Like previous years, a big attendance is expected from racegoers from near and far for the evening meeting.
John Flannelly, Manager of Ballinrobe Racecourse, said:
“We are really looking forward to our upcoming McHale race meeting. We are fortunate to have McHale as great neighbours and sponsors. The McHale raceday on Tuesday is one the highlights of the racing season here at Ballinrobe and we are delighted that McHale are sponsoring again for the sixth year running. We look forward to welcoming back all our loyal supporters for some great racing.”
The McHale Race Day attracts big names in the racing industry such as jockey’s Ruby Walsh, Davy Russell, Paul Townend and Bryan Cooper while trainers Willie Mullins, Gordon Elliot and Aidan & Joseph O’Brien have all previously attended to keep an eye on proceedings. The feature races on Tuesday, the McHale Mayo National and the McHale Mayo Hurdle, are the most valuable races at Ballinrobe this year, both offering prize-money of €50,000. Another highlight of the evening is the McHale Tiger Roll Beginners Steeplechase. Tiger Roll won his Beginners Chase at Ballinrobe in 2016 and went on to become the first horse since the legendary Red Rum in 1974 to win back-to-back Aintree Grand Nationals.