The celebrated former Irish jockey Mick Kinane, winner of some of the World’s richest flat races, has been checking out the prospects for the Magners Derby at Down Royal Racecourse on Saturday 21 June.
For the second year in succession a mega prize pot of the €100,000 will be adding sparkle to a race which is already recognized as the jewel in the crown of Down Royal’s sparkling Summer Festival of Racing. As the richest race in Northern Ireland it is guaranteed to attract many of this year’s top runners and riders with more than 6,000 race fans expected to cheer them on to the finishing post. This will be the fourth year that Magners has backed what has become one of Northern Ireland’s most stylish as well as most popular race day meetings.
Looking forward to the big day and ever-encouraging to the next generation of jockeys, Mick Kinane, whose career famously spanned 34-years, and included winning the Derby at Down Royal back in 1995, said; “It should be a very competitive race. Down Royal is a very fair track where the best horse tends to win. It will be a good test for three year olds at that time of the year and you will need a horse that stays well to win. I have no doubt that the winner will go on to better things and develop into a good class middle distance performer.”
Fiona Creedon, Magners Brand Manager at Tennent’s NI, said: “We’re proud to be behind the Magners Derby, one of Northern Ireland’s top sporting occasions and delighted to work with Down Royal who share our commitment to great quality, excellent service … and, of course, lots of hospitality!
“Magners is perfectly at home at the heart of any major social and sporting occasion and we’re all looking forward to the annual Magners Derby when sport meets style in the iconic setting of Down Royal racecourse. The Magners Derby day always has a special air of excitement and glamour and a glass of perfectly chilled Magners over ice is the perfect way to add a little extra sparkle!”
Mike Todd, General Manager at Down Royal Racecourse, said: “We substantially increased the prize pot for this race last year and that investment in the big feature race of our summer season was handsomely repaid with fantastic high quality runners. The €100,000 prize reflects the high esteem in which we hold the Magners Derby.
“Our facilities have never been better, racing here has never been richer and the experience both on and off the track has never been more exciting! Given that combination, the Magners Derby Day is a sure fire winner for all concerned and we’re looking forward to enjoying the electric atmosphere that marks the big day!”