An extra buzz has been added to this week’s August Racing Festival in Tramore following Waterford’s thrilling draw with Kilkenny at the weekend.

The opening meeting of the €3 million four-day festival tomorrow is “Déise Evening” and gives fans of the hurlers a chance to support the team’s fund and meet with several of the team’s mentors ahead of Saturday’s eagerly-awaited replay.

“Déise Evening affords us all an opportunity to support the hurler’s fund,” racecourse general manager Sue Phelan said yesterday. “We’re exceptionally proud of the lads and of what they have done for the city and the county and for the game.” She said the festival is expected to draw over 20,000 people to Tramore, “and there’s definitely a greater buzz about the meeting after Sunday’s match”.

Management have hired a big screen for Saturday evening’s replay so all racegoers will get to see the hurling action.

“This year all 28 races are sponsored, ensuring a race prize fund of €300,000. The forecast is also good so it’s shaping up to be one of our best meetings ever,” Phelan said.

An evening National Hunt fixture gets underway on the second evening which is Friday, August 12, which also sees Waterford & Tramore Chambers hosting a summer networking event in the “Craic at the Track Marquee”.

Saturday is Style Evening with Roz Purcell and prizes are sponsored by the House of Waterford Crystal and Over 50 fashionistas will enjoy a complimentary glass of prosecco in the festival marquee before Roz announces the winner ahead of the sixth race.


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