In this week’s Association of Irish Racecourse column, we are catching up with Aidan McGarry and his team at Navan Racecourse as they gear up for their upcoming three race days this March which are set to take place on March 4th, 11th and 29th.
Navan Racecourse is synonymous with top class jump racing, so why not visit the Royal County for their next meeting on March 4th, with the feature race being the Grade 3 P.S. Supplies Doors & Floors Flyingbolt Novice Steeplechase?
Offering a great day of action-packed racing, live entertainment, music and a selection of punter and dining packages to choose from, a day at the races in Navan is a must this Spring. Racegoers can dine in the Bective Restaurant for only €75pp and this package includes a reserved table for the day in the silver service restaurant. You can enjoy a panoramic view of the racetrack, a delicious four course meal and your racecard, not forgetting access to private betting and bar facilities.
This is the perfect place to gather your family and friends together and enjoy delicious food, great racing, the super atmosphere and soak up the stunning views of the track from their fantastic balcony area.
For other options please check out the Navan Racecourse website where you will find the perfect package to suit your needs and budget.
For good measure, why not bring along the kids and avail of the onsite playground? Junior racegoers all go free when accompanied by an adult and they are sure to enjoy the Big Zeb Kids Room. This Room is conveniently located next door to the racecourse café. There are lots of interactive touchscreen games to play there and it’s also a great place for them to make new friends on your family day out.
Just outside the Arkle Pavilion, you’ll find an outdoor play area complete with a climbing frame, rope bridge and slide on a safe rubber-matted surface. The family-friendly spaces off the ideal activities to tire out your little ones, out in the fresh air while enjoying a spot of racing yourself. Please note it is requested that parents and guardians make sure that all children are supervised at all times in both of these areas.
Cheltenham Preview Day
The Cheltenham Preview Day at Navan Racecourse takes place on Saturday, March 11th, with great excitement and anticipation well and truly building for the festival at Prestbury Park. This meeting offers racegoers a cracking day of top-class Irish racing, including an insightful Cheltenham preview with Barry Geraghty, David Jennings and Tony Keenan from 12 noon for an hour.
The preview is followed by seven exciting national hunt races, and there are lots of hospitality packages and ticket options available and live music after racing as standard. What’s not to love about the day?
As many of you will be aware, Navan Racecourse stages both Flat and National Hunt racing. On the jumps side, it is home to many top races over hurdles and fences and is at its busiest in the Autumn, Winter and early Spring.
During the summer the Flat takes over centre-stage. Navan Racecourse is situated on the outskirts of the town on the Kingscourt Road. It is a left-handed oval track of one mile and four furlongs with a testing uphill finish of approximately two furlongs. The track is consistent, wide and fair, often referred to as a good galloping track where the cream always rises to the top!
The Association of Irish Racecourse (AIR) send their very best wishes to Aidan and all the team at Navan Racecourse. For tickets and all other raceday information and a list of frequently asked questions, go to their website navanracecource.ie.
By Leo Powell