KILLARNEY Races has backed a winner in its campaign to extend the racing season at the local track.

It has been confirmed that another day of top quality racing has been approved for 2018 and the flagship July festival is to be extended to a five-day event, commencing on Sunday, July 15.

Securing the additional day of racing had been one of the main priorities set by the new Chairman of Killarney Race Company, Gerard Coughlan, who has been anxious to build on the success of the existing four-day festival that had been attracting record attendances.

“We had been striving for a fifth day of racing in July and the fact that it has been approved is fantastic news for Killarney,” Mr Coughlan remarked.

The newly appointed chairman said the races contribute enormously to Killarney’s economy with the three festivals in May, July and August, as they stand already, ensuring 80 races over a total of 11 days which will now extend to 12.

“The conservative estimate is that the races are worth in the region of €6.2 million to Killarney with an additional €1.42 million in prizemoney and that is now set to increase with the extra day approved,” Mr Coughlan said.

Above: Killarney Race Company Chairman, Gerard Coughlan (second from left) and Secretary Con O’Mahony (far right) making the presentation to the winning connections of the Killarney Welcomes feature in Bordeaux, France.

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