Willie Mullins and Marie Crowley Directors at Waterford and Tramore Racecourse and Brian Kavanagh CEO Horse Racing Ireland at the official opening of Waterford and Tramore Racecourse’s new €300,000 entrance building. The development was 40% funded by Ireland’s horse racing governing body, Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) and is part of a €1 million upgrade of the internationally-renowned seaside track. Photo: Patrick Browne
Waterford and Tramore Racecourse’s new €300,000 entrance building opened to the public this week as the seaside track hosted two great nights of racing.
The development was 40% funded by Ireland’s horse racing governing body, Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) and is part of a €1 million upgrade of the internationally-renowned seaside track.
Commenting on the continuing investment, HRI CEO, Brian Kavanagh said: “HRI is very happy to support the investment at Tramore through the Racecourse Capital Development scheme. I would like to congratulate the team at Tramore for their continuous efforts to deliver customer-facing improvements and industry essential works, enhancing the race day experience for everyone.”
Improvement works include a new main entrance, with automatic turnstiles to facilitate online bookings; two new offices and a state-of-the-art new meeting area which creates a real sense of arrival, Racecourse General Manager, Sue Phelan, explained.
“We are absolutely delighted with the finished result. The competitive tender for this project was won by Waterford-based David Flynn Contractors. David Flynn and his entire team took great pride in their work. At every stage of this project it was obvious that they understood racing, the needs of race goers and that they were going to do a top class job.”
Along with an upgrade of the middle stand, replacing the commentary and photo finish areas, and a completely new parade ring, the next phase of the €1 million works sees major investment in the stable yard. Even with all the investment and improvement works, the track will not lose its character and traditional appeal, Ms Phelan promised.
“We celebrated 100 years of racing in Tramore back in 2012 and ours was the very first race meeting of the millennium. It’s a very special racecourse and we are steeped in racing history. We were honoured that Davy Russell chose to ride here the day after he won the Aintree Grand National, the most prestigious race in the national hunt calendar. We’re very proud to have local trainers such as Henry De Bromhead and John Kiely on our doorstep and to have the Champion trainer Willie Mullins on our Board of Directors is a great benefit.
“The improvements won’t alter the special vibe and ambiance on race days, but what it will do is make it more comfortable and more appealing – a multi-purpose, 80 acre seaside venue with The Graun Hill Suite accommodating up to 200 people and within easy reach of Waterford city. We’re already looking forward to hosting more weddings, more concerts, more family events and making it available for hire for corporate and private events.”
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Below: John and Ollie Flynn, at the Tramore races on Friday night. Photo: Joe Evans.