Irish Racecourses

Irish racecourses have as many idiosyncrasies as their UK counter parts, many of the tracks call for a horse to be well balanced in its stride to cope with sometimes steep undulations and sharp turns, Jockeyship is a factor not to be under-estimated especially when it comes to national hunt racing.

The Galway festival is one of the high lights in the Irish racing calendar year and the track represents a challenge to both Horse an Jockey to negotiate the undulations the sharpness of the track and the stamina finish if they are to win the day, it has been said that if a Horse can win at Galway, it can win on any Irish Racecourse.

As with the UK, the Irish racecourse descriptions have been kept basic in order to bring out the essential requirements needed for success.

In National Hunt racing many courses will have similar features for example; Right-Handed and undulating, so just 2 basic factors can give clues that could well enhance a runner’s chance at the meeting it’s now contesting if it has previously run well on a similar track.

Ballinrobe

RH

On the sharp side

Bellewstown

LH

Sharp undulating track

Clonmel

RH

Tight circuit, undulating, stiff uphill finish

Cork

RH

Flat track

Curragh

RH

Undulating but galloping in nature

Down Royal

RH

Steep undulating, stamina needed

Downpatrick

RH

Sharp undulating track

Dundalk

LH

All-Weather circuit on the sharp side 2.5F run-in

Fairyhouse

RH

Galloping stamina track

Galway

RH

Undulating, on the sharp side, stamina testing track

Gowran Park

RH

undulating track

Kilbeggan

RH

Sharp undulating track

Kilarney

LH

Flat track, on the sharp side

Laytown

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Unique track, racing takes place on the beach

Leopardstown

LH

Flat galloping track

Limerick

RH

undulating course

Listowel

LH

Flat speed track

Naas

LH

Undulating but galloping in nature

Navan

LH

Undulating, galloping track

Punchestown

RH

Undulating, galloping track

Roscommon

RH

Sharp track

Sligo

RH

Sharp, undulating with stamina finish

Thurles

RH

Sharp, undulating with stamina finish

Tipperary

LH

Flat sharp track

Tramore

RH

Sharp undulating track

Wexford

LH

Sharp track



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