Meath Chronicle 3 April 1909 ~ Meath Hunt Races

The Meath Hunt celebration, writes the special correspondent of the "Irish Times," is such a thoroughly sporting affair that it would have been a great misfortune if the weather had been unkind- a contingency that appeared very probable overnight.

Fortunately, such did not prove to be the case, and, though rather cold for this time of the year, the day was quite fine and bright.  Of course, the paddock was very wet and sloppy as a result of Wednesday's miniature deluge, and the track rode decidely deep, but it was something to be thankful for that the conditions overhead left little to be desired, and the sport was enjoyed under much more favourable conditions than the early morning woud have led one to expect.

The attendance, which by the way, was scarcely up to the Boyerstown average, included a great many hunting folk, and both the Great Northern and Midland specials brought down goodly numbers of the regular army of racegoers, and who, on the whole, would have had no reason to complain of their luck.

The Owners were:

P. Clarke, W.T. Read. A.N. Reynolds, W. Duffy, P. Wilkinson, W. Ward, T. Mc Keever, J.P. MacGuire, P. Rogers, Baron de Tuyll, A.J. Pilkinston, G. Wilson, J.B. Thorneycroft, J.W. Gregg, J. Nugent, Major Horner, P.J. Fox, E.J. Hope.

The Jockeys were:

J. Lynn,T. Dowdall, G. Brown, T.Sheridan, J. Rafferty, J. L'Estrange. The amateur jockeys with Mr. in front were: J. Langan,J.C. Kelly, L. Ward, L. Brazabon, G. F. Wilson, L.Firth, and Hon. R. Bruce.

Source:  The Meath Chronicle Archives