Chairman of Laytown Races Joe Collins (left) with jockeys Karl Allen and Anna Lynch and Laytown committee member Jimmy Gilna launching the new 'Pride of Place' Residents' Race for the 2019 Laytown Races. Photo: Jimmy Weldon.
It really will be a case of “everyone’s a winner” this year at Laytown Races on September 11th thanks to a novel idea whereby local residents associations and community groups will be paired with horses in one of the races and, if their horse wins or is placed, they win vouchers they can use to enhance the local environment.
The official launch of the 2019 Laytown Races will take place at 7.30pm in Gilna’s The Cottage Inn, Laytown, on Tuesday August 20th with a community draw for the inaugural ‘Pride of Place’ race being held on the night.
A prize fund of €700 will be won on September 11th at the famous beach race meeting, to aid local residents associations and community groups to enhance the village with flowers and plants. Legendary racing commentator Des Scahill will host the launch.
The ‘Gilna’s Cottage Inn Pride of Place Race’ will feature on the Laytown race card for the first time, with local housing estates/residential areas randomly drawn to represent the horses in the race – a maximum of ten horses will run.
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The estates matched to the first three horses home in the race will win a prize of garden centre vouchers for Black’s in Julianstown and for Pat Stafford in Laytown, with €400 for first place, €200 for second and €100 for third. The winners can decide how to enhance the village with plants, flowers, trees, shrubbery or wildflowers. Representatives of the winning groups will be invited into the parade ring for a special presentation after the race.
Chairman of Laytown Races, Joe Collins, said: “The addition of our ‘Gilna’s Cottage Inn Pride of Place Race’ brings a nice new element to the occasion and allows us to give a little bit back to local residents who have always been so supportive of the Laytown Races.
“Special thanks to our committee member, Jimmy Gilna for allowing us to take over his sponsored race. Everyone is welcome to attend what is going to be a great night in Gilna’s The Cottage Inn on Tuesday, August 20th.”
The launch which is open to all members of the public will take place at 7.30pm in Gilna’s The Cottage Inn, Laytown with representatives from estates/ residential areas that have signed up, asked to be in attendance for the live draw.
The Laytown Races take place on the beach on Wednesday, September 11th with an estimated start time of 4pm. Regular buses and trains will run to Laytown on the day and while public transport is strongly recommended there are also four free parking areas on race day. Full details are available on www.laytownstrandraces.ie