Killarney Racing Fixtures - August 2021
Killarney is regarded as one of Ireland’s most scenic racecourses and this must-visit destination remains extremely popular with racegoers. Although the County Kerry venue hosts three summer festivals throughout the summer, the highlight of the calendar is undoubtedly the August Racing Festival which gets underway on August 18th 2021. As always, the three day extravaganza is likely to attract visitors from far and wide and with the early forecast looking extremely favourable, it should be another cracking few days at the picturesque track.
The August Festival also helps to bring the curtain down on another spectacular summer of racing at Killarney.
What to Expect from the Killarney Racing Festival?
Whilst the likes of the Cheltenham Festival and Royal Ascot tend to exclusively appeal to fans of jumps or flat racing, the Killarney Racing Festival has something to keep everyone entertained. The left-handed track hosts both National Hunt and Flat racing. August is a popular time for tourists to visit County Kerry and there is always a terrific atmosphere around the venue, and with its picturesque backdrop of mountains and lakes, racing fans can also take a moment to enjoy the sights and sounds of rural Ireland.
With the opening three race-days being staged in the evening, there is ample opportunity for visitors to enjoy the longs summer evenings whilst simultaneously enjoying some top-class sporting action.
There are a number of competitive races taking place across the three days and it is one of a number of superb racing festivals taking place throughout August. Horse racing betting remains extremely popular amongst Irish punters and visitors can wager on each and every race both trackside and online. There are a lot of online sites which provide quality and trustful information on the brands, so you will be able to choose the best fit for you.
A number of top trainers including Aidan O’Brien and Dermot Weld regularly send their runners to the August Racing Festival whereas a number of locally-based handlers will also fancy their chances of success at their local track. With household names such as Frankie Dettori having recently made an appearance at the Killarney August Festival, there also tends to be plenty of interest from both the UK and Europe.
The Vincent O’Brien Ruby Stakes
The highlight of the first couple of days is the Vincent O’Brien Ruby Stakes which is a listed flat race open to three year olds and above. It is competed over 1 mile and 20 yards and was previously staged at Tralee, prior to the racecourse’s closure in 2007.
Aidan O’Brien has won two of the last three renewals of this contest and he’ll be hoping to continue his excellent record in the race. So Wonderful, ridden by Seamie Heffernan was victorious twelve months ago for the Ballydoyle trainer.
Other trainers to have prevailed in this event include Jim Bolger, Willie McCreary and Fozzy Stack.
Kingdom Gold Cup Handicap
This feature contest is always hotly contested and has produced some impressive winners over the last decade. In 2020, Willie Mullins was successfully with Zenon. She kept on well in the closing stages to win over the 14 furlongs.
Jessica Harrington often sends a number of runners over to take part in this contest whilst Tony Martin always has a strong hand in this contest.
Download the Boylesports App Handicap Chase (Grade B)
Although the majority of NH card consists of competitive maidens and bumpers, there are a handful of decent handicaps with this Grade B contest coming with a prize purse of £20K. Joseph O’Brien, who enjoyed a hugely successful 2017 at this venue, also won the 2020 renewal of this event with Mortal. Both Willie Mullins and Henry de Bromhead are likely to have strong representatives in this year’s event.