Since our first meeting in 1858, many of our winners have subsequently enjoyed tremendous success on both side of the Irish Sea. Take the Aintree Grand National for example: 1954 winner, Royal Tan, had been successful at Listowel three years previously. Similarly, Minella Times, this year’s winner of the Liverpool showpiece was victorious here in September, 2020. With regard to the Cheltenham Gold Cup, 1974 winner, Captain Christy, was first home in the Newcastle West Plate at Listowel in 1971. Fellow Listowel victor, Davy Lad, was successful in the 1977 renewal under the late Dessie Hughes. 2003 Irish Derby winner, Alamshar, is another star to have graced our winners’ enclosure having won at Listowel on debut.
At Listowel, we appreciate that a day of the races is about more than just the horses. With that in mind, we expend much energy attempting to secure high quality on course entertainment. What better way to kick start your evening than by enjoying a drink and a chat with friends and family to the backdrop of live music. From there, one can simply stroll to town to explore the the pubs and restaurants that our heritage town has to offer.
Ladies Day, held on the Friday of our Harvest Festival is simply legendary. The best dressed lady competition is one of the most hotly contested events of the week and continues to grow in stature and appeal. Glamour, gowns and all round good fun are a guarantee on ‘the island’. The arrival of COVID-19 forced us to alter our approach to ladies day in 2020. such was the success of the virtual event however, we are eagerly awaiting the 2021 entries. Keep an eye on our social media channels in the lead up to the main event for details. Our ladies day is kindly sponsored by McElligott’s, Tralee.