Kilbeggan Racecourse is located in central Ireland, an hour from Dublin. Hosting racing since 1840, it has showcased National Hunt races exclusively since 1971 and is due to hold eight meetings this year. Racing takes place from April through to September with the feature race – the Midlands Grand National – taking place in July. Now seen as one of the biggest handicap chases in Ireland outside of the Festival meetings, it boasts a prize pool of €50,000 and was won in 2016 by Tulsa Jack for Noel Meade.
Kilbeggan Betting Tips
The track at Kilbeggan races is a sharp, right-handed oval track like many National Hunt courses in Ireland. The hurdles track is located on the inside of the chase track, with the same shape, but far sharper bends. Aside from two short straights on each side of the course, horses are nearly always on the turn, thanks to two long bends on each side. There are a number of tricky bends and, with just a one furlong run in, it’s definitely a track for course specialists. Big, galloping types often find the track very difficult, especially given the numerous undulations across the course.
Kilbeggan Betting Trends
Given the unusual sharpness of the track, having an experience jockey is a benefit when backing horses at Kilbeggan races. Mark Walsh has an impressive 20% strike rate (18 winners from 88 rides) for a +£37 level stakes profit. However, Mr Patrick Mullins has an astonishing 50% strike rate over the last five seasons, with 15 winners from his 30 rides. He benefits from his partnership with the Willie Mullins yard, who has a 39% strike rate here. However, there is certain to be less value in his runners than there was a few years ago.
J P McManus sends a large number of runners here. In terms of winners in the last five seasons, he leads all other owners by a significant margin. His 153 runners have resulted in 22 winners for a strike rate of 14%. However, that still sees him close to break even in terms of level stake profit. This suggests that there may be value to be found in some of his bigger price runners. On the other hand, horses carrying Gigginstown’s silks have a similar strike rate, but a -£31 level stakes loss from just 90 runners. Therefore, according to the betting statistics, value can be found in smaller owners. This is a factor that should be noted when selecting Kilbeggan tips.
Kilbeggan Feature Races
- Midlands National Handicap Chase (3m 1f)