MANY owners’ favourite track, Navan, this year marks 100 years since its foundation and the team has exciting plans in place to mark this special milestone on Ladbrokes Troytown Chase day, on Sunday, November 21st. Farmer and local auctioneer Albert Lowry’s vision of establishing Navan Racecourse came to fruition in 1921 and on September 16th, Navan Racecourse, then named Proudstown Park and built at a total cost of £20,000, opened to much fanfare. The Simonstown Plate, worth £83, was the first race on the card and was won by Bachelor’s Mark for owner and racecourse founder Albert Lowry.
Since then, many equine stars such as Arkle, Flyingbolt, Dawn Run, Yeats, Moscow Flyer, and Tiger Roll have graced the track. Birthday celebrations will include the unveiling of a plaque by chairman Noel Meade.
The racecourse is donating 100 sapling trees to Meath County Council for the Navan town area. A Winter Village aims to provide a continental market atmosphere with retail stalls, festive food treats and the day will also include the Newbridge Silverware best dressed competition. www.navanracecourse.ie.