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Cheltenham's over but here are 5 reasons we can't wait for the races next weekend

The going will definitely be good.

WHETHER YOU WATCHED it on TV or are just off the plane from Prestbury Park, you may be starting to feel a little bit of Cheltenham withdrawal.

Luckily, you don’t have to wait too long for another fix of top-notch racing.

But what are some of the reasons you should be excited for even more horse racing next weekend? Here are just a few…

1. Racing can be a family affair

From the roar of the crowd to the gallop of hooves, you might not always get this close to the horses when you go racing but there are times when you’ll feel like you are. From young to old, racing can be a great day out for all members of your family.

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2. It’s an opportunity to get your glad rags on

What’s better than going to the races? Dressing up and going to the races, that’s what. There’s usually a good prize on offer for the most stylish lady — and sometimes even the lads — so why not pull that dress you’ve been saving for a special occasion out of the wardrobe next weekend?

3. You’ll have the craic with friends

Going to the races is a social occasion. It’s a chance to catch up with mates you haven’t seen for months or letting your hair down with colleagues you only saw yesterday. Either way, a day out + friends = better than being stuck in work.

4. You never know who you’ll see

Of course there’s always going to be racing royalty like Ruby Walsh, Michael O’Leary and Tony McCoy but you never know who you’ll spot wandering around the paddock.

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5. The racing can be pretty good too

Cheltenham might have the Gold Cup but national hunt racing doesn’t start and end at Prestbury Park. Some of the world’s best races take place in Ireland and few are bigger than the BoyleSports Irish Grand National on Easter Monday.

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Fairyhouse - we lead the field when it comes to Irish racing. There’s lots on offer this year at our Easter Festival, running from 27 – 29 March and featuring the Boylesports Irish Grand National. It’s a fine day out for the avid race-goer as well as those looking for another outing for their favourite hat. Find out more about all the races, events and craic in store over at

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