Racing enthusiasts under starter’s orders in Tramore

One of the South-East’s most popular annual social events gets under starter’s orders this week when racing enthusiasts, fashionistas and more will descend on the seaside village of Tramore.

Racing enthusiasts under starter’s orders in Tramore

The Waterford and Tramore August Racing Festival runs from Thursday until Sunday and thousands are expected to make the pilgrimage to the popular racecourse for some — if not all — of the event.

Opening the festival will be a special ‘Hurlers and Horses’ evening meeting when the county’s hurling heroes, their management team and families will be present. Following their exertions against Kilkenny at the weekend, the hurlers will be turning their attention to the four-legged sport and Club Déise has put together a fun evening of events in the festival marquee.

Friday’s meeting is also an evening gathering and the marquee will host a number of tipsters for the duration.

The House of Waterford Crystal and have teamed up for a style evening with over €2,500 in prizes on offer.

Stylist Cathy O’Connor has the task of picking the winner at Saturday’s evening meeting which is always a glam affair with 50 fashionistas bidding for the top honour. Avalon will play live after racing to ensure that party atmosphere continues.

One lucky lady will scoop a €1,000 voucher and the Mixology collection of Waterford Crystal. Nine finalists each take home a goody bag which includes a voucher and a pair of Waterford Crystal cocktail glasses.

Sunday’s family fun afternoon is always a massive hit and features a schedule for all the family featuring the best of racing, live music and entertainment in a safe, relaxed environment which will include inflatable castles, face painting, puppet shows and loads more.

This year’s festival includes some keenly-contested and valuable races and marks 103 years of racing in Tramore.

Racecourse manager, Sue Phelan, said it is looking like one of the best August festivals on record. “The Waterford and Tramore August Racing Festival is our biggest meeting of the year, attracting 20,000 supporters. We are exceptionally thankful to all of our sponsors and have a €325,000 prize fund on offer this year.”

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