Kilbeggan Races cancel season opener due to weather
Kilbeggan's season opener on Friday, April 20, has been called off due to ongoing ground concerns.
The prolonged winter and poor spring weather has taking its toll on the ground at the Westmeath track and a decision has been taken to call off Friday's meeting.
Grass is some parts of the track has failed to grow adequately due to the wet conditions, and staff say it will take a couple of weeks to resolve itself.
Kilbeggan Races Manager Paddy Dunican commented, "Following an inspection of the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board this morning our Race Meeting scheduled for this Friday, April 20 has been cancelled and deferred to a later date because the race track is currently unfit for racing due to the recent inclement weather conditions."
Kilbeggan will return in the coming weeks for its run of fixtures over the summer which attract the country's top trainers, including Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins.