Getting To Know You, Sarah Kinsella

Hello and i hope you’re all managing well in what has been for all of us a period of time that has been far more testing than the ground in the Welsh National and more trickier than trying to solve the fields of all the Pertemps Qualifiers combined.

In this feature called Getting To Know You my special guest is Sarah Kinsella, Sarah who is Dublin based currently works as the PR Executive for BoyleSports and with a love of our equine and canine friends on the track along with a passion for the arrows, Sarah also writes a weekly column in the Irish Daily Star giving her selections for the greyhounds.

So without further ado lets Get To Know Sarah Kinsella.

Q1 Favourite Racecourses?

Cheltenham, Killarney, Leopardstown & Bellewstown

Q2 Favourite Racehorses

Past – Don Cossack & Apples Jade. Present – Envoi Allen, Presenting Percy, Honeysuckle, Frodon & The Storyteller

Q3 Favourite Race meetings?

Cheltenham Festival, Killarney July Festival & Leopardstown Christmas.

Q4 Favourite Jockeys?

Davy Russell, Rachael Blackmore, Mark Walsh, Kevin Manning & Harry Cobden

Q5 Favourite post race pubs?

I’m usually always working at race meetings so rarely go to the pub after racing but the Speak Easy in Killarney is hard to beat. Ryans in Ratoath after Fairyhouse was fantastic but unfortunately closed now.  

Q6 Favourite journey to a racecourse ?

I love heading down to Killarney to all three of their festivals in the summer. It’s a magical place that is close to my heart. Dad and I stay in Killarney for the Listowel Festival too. It’s a long drive down from Swords but I enjoy it as the craic is great, you know everyone there, huge selection of pubs to go after racing and places to eat. Just a perfect place to have a race meeting as you can walk there from the town. It has beautiful scenery and on a sunny day with a glass of prosecco in your hand, there is no where else you would rather be!

Q7 Favourite place for a breakfast?

My mammy’s kitchen haha! McSweeney’s hotel where I stay in Killarney in AMAZING. Clayton hotel Galway is pretty good too.

Q8 Favourite bands you’d like to see play a racecourse concert?

Coldplay, The Weekend, Becky Hill, Calvin Harris, Sharon Shannon, Damien Dempsey.

Q9 Favourite biscuit to go with a brew?

Tough one. Love a Rich Tea, Ginger Nut, Custard Cream, Chocolate Kimberley & Marks & Spencer Cookies

Q10 Favourite sports teams?

Dublin footballers. Just won six All-Ireland SFC in a row and the ladies team won four in a row this weekend too, outstanding. Fav football team, Liverpool. Fav hurling team, Limerick. Love New Zealand rugby team just for the haka haha!

Sarah with a Kemboy facemask

Q11 Favourite movies?

Way too many. Pulp Fiction, True Romance, 300, all the Marvel movies, Saving Private Ryan, Lord of the Rings, A Star Is Born, Sin City, Sherlock Holmes. Taken, Kiss The Girls, Along Came A Spider, Man On Fire, Eat Pray Love.

Q12 Favourite comedies?

Friends, Superbad, Bridesmaids, Jane The Virgin, Bridget Jones Diary, Schitts Creek, The Grinch, Father Ted, Step Brother, anything with Will Ferrell I love him

Q13 Favourite ways to unwind outside racing?

Greyhound racing is my passion in life. After a long busy day at work or when things get on top of me, the best medicine is to put the leads on the greyhounds and head over the fields. I live on a farm (we like to call it a ‘little bit of heaven’). I’m extremely lucky to have grown up here so the cows and greyhounds keep my sane but also broke as they are expensive to keep!! But I wouldn’t change it for the world. I love a Jameson or glass of red wine in the evenings especially the winter when the fire is lighting. I also love heading to my favourite spa in Wexford twice a year to unwind. 

Q14 Favourite races of all times?

Don Cossack winning the Gold Cup at Cheltenham was magical as it was my first time to head to Prestbury Park. Honeysuckle winning the Mares’ Hurdle at this year’s festival was brilliant along with Envoi Allen winning the Ballymore. Frodon winning the 2019 Ryanair was awesome. Faugheen winning at the Dublin Racing Festival this year, that was magical day. Apples Jade winning the 2017 Mares’ Hurdle and of course Tiger Roll winning both Grand Nationals. What an achievement. 

Q15 Non racing sporting events you’ve attended?

As mentioned I love greyhound racing so the BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby is my favourite meeting of all time. We also sponsor the Grand Slam of Darts and the World Grand Prix and I have attended both and absolutely loved it. The National Coursing meeting in Clonmel is like nothing else in this world. Watching Dublin win the All-Ireland SFC at Croke Park and Tipperary winning the hurling with my dad was brilliant too. 

Q16 Favourite place to go for a meal?

The Ivy on Dawson Street. The food is unreal and the cocktails too ha. FX Buckley’s in Dublin city for a steak, it’s the best steak I’ve ever had. Pasta Castello in Donabate as a local restaurant, I just love Italian food, pasta all day long! My mammy’s roast dinner is my number one choice. 

Q17 Favourite towns and cities?

I love Dublin. I love it’s history and it’s vibe. The hotels and restaurants are great and with Croke Park, Shelbourne Park, the Aviva, 3 Arena, RDS and the theatre, you are never stuck for entertainment. Killarney is my second favourite. A wonderful place to get away from it all. I worked in Brighton for a while and really enjoyed it there. Cheltenham is great, the Cotswolds. Beautiful. 

Q18 Favourite races you wished you had been on course for?

Tiger Roll winning both Grand Nationals. Wish I was around for Arkle and Dawn Run too. 

Q19 Choose your own favorite of anything?

Accordello winning the Ladbrokes 600 in 2019. It was my dad Lar’s biggest success ever. €35,000 to the winner and it was live in RTE. It was the best day of my life. Unless I win the Derby some day, I don’t think it will ever be beaten. We still have Accordello at home as a retired racer, he turned 14 last month and it loving life. 

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