Horse Racing Goes Dating at the Ploughing

Grade 1 Cheltenham race winning jockeys Bryan Cooper and Adrian Heskin and leading lady amateur jockey Kate Harrington have launched Horse Racing Ireland’s (HRI’s) “Dating at the Races” game which will take place in the HRI marquee at the National Ploughing Championships.


Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) will attend the National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois for all three days (Tuesday 22nd – Thursday 24th September). At The Races presenter Matt Chapman will act as MC, interviewing a wide selection of National Hunt jockeys daily and hosting a range of competitions including “Dating at the Races”.


Launching ‘Dating at the Races’ are champion jockeys Bryan Cooper, Adrian Heskin and leading lady amateur jockey Kate Harrington.

Two live shows will take place each day at 12pm and 3pm in the Horse Racing Ireland marquee. At 3pmeach day Matt will give attendees the opportunity to take part in “Dating at the Races” where the lucky lady/man will have the chance to select one of three potential suitors and win a day at the races including hospitality for the winning couple and a group of their friends.


Matt Chapman said: “As anyone who watches At The Races will know, I’m always only too willing to comment on the tractors while gearing up for a race. This is a great chance for me to get involved with Irish culture and play a small part in showing Ireland’s terrific racing industry off to the public. We’ll also be having a bit of fun, so my advice is if you fancy a good day out come and join us as I go ploughing crazy. Yeeehaaa!”

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