Record Attendance At Naas As Bellshill Prevails in Lawlor’s Hotel Grade 1 Novice Hurdle
January 3, 2016 | Jackie DonohoeA new record attendance of 5,578 was set at Naas Racecourse today where the crowds came out in their droves to enjoy Grade 1 National Hunt action. The Grade 1 honours went the way of Bellshill in the Lawlor's Hotel Novice Hurdle for the in-form team of Andrea and Graham Wylie, Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh. Bellshill lived up to the expectations that his starting price of 2/5 implied, staying on well to win by an authoritative five lengths. The day also hosted the first Ladies Day of 2016 and Maria Byrne from County Carlow was the lucky winner of a beautiful Raymond Weil watch worth €2,250 thanks to the Winter Ladies Day sponsors Hugh Statham Jewellers. Tom Ryan, Manager, Naas Racecourse said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the day, every aspect of it was a resounding success. It represents another step forward for Naas in its quest to be a fully-fledged Grade 1 track. We look forward to our remaining pre-Cheltenham meetings in the coming weeks and our upcoming development project with huge optimism”. For more information contact: Catherine Murray, Sales and Marketing Manager at Naas Racecourse: 087 465 0761 Editors notes: Attendance 2016: 5,578 vs 5,462 2015. Bookmakers 2016: €273,238 vs €268,929 2015. Tote 2016: €387,053 vs €211,586 2015.