By Dan Walsh
The clocks have gone forward, the evenings are longer, the real Spring weather is just around the corner and the first evening meeting of the 2023 Horse Racing Ireland season happens at Bettyville Park, Wexford, this evening (Friday).
Sixty-four entries for the seven races with the first off at 4.10pm.
Small entries in some races, however, all will be competitive and the card features four steeplechases and three hurdle events, so plenty of action.
The track has a good covering of grass, but overnight and early morning rain is expected to clear towards evening and the going will be officially ‘heavy’.
A good crowd is anticipated, but for those who can’t make it, all races will be televised live on the Racing UK channel.
4.10pm; RED MILLS Irish EBF Auction Maiden Hurdle (4yo plus) of €20,000. 2 miles 4 furlongs. 150 yards. (9 runners).
4.40pm; Tomcoole Farm Ltd (Mares) Maiden Hurdle (4yo plus) of €10,500. 2 miles. 4 furlongs. 150 yards. (13 runners).
5.10pm; Brendan Cullimore Electrical Novice Hurdle of €11,500.3 miles. (6 runners).
5.40pm; Download BoyleSport App Nov Handicap Chase of €16,500. (5yo+,) 2 miles 3 furlongs 170 yards, (7 runners).
6.10pm; Arctic Tack Stud Veterans Handicap Chase of €22,000. (9yo+,) 2 miles 3 furlongs 170 yards, (7 runners).
6.40pm; Wexford Supporters Club Handicap Chase (DIV I) of €10,500. (5yo+,) 3 miles 1 furlong 100 yards, (11 runners).
7.10pm; Wexford Supporters Club Handicap Chase (DIV II) of €10,500. (5yo+,) 3 miles 1 furlong 100 yards, (11 runners).