Cork Course Guide

Cork Racecourse first opened in Mallow (35km north of Cork City) in 1924. Race meetings are held there throughout the year under both Flat and National Hunt rules, staging a total of 18 fixtures every year.

Mallow is a very appropriate location for a racecourse, as it was just a few miles down the road that the first ever “steeplechase” took place, with Edmund Blake and Cornelius O'Callaghan racing each other on horseback from the church at Buttevant to the church at Doneraile in 1752.

Cork Racecourse boasts two Group 3 races on the Flat, namely the Munster Oaks which takes place in June and the Give Thanks Stakes which takes place in August. It hosts a total of six Graded races under National Hunt rules, most notably the Grade 2 Hilly Way Chase which has been won by the likes of Beef Or Salmon (twice) and Golden Silver (three times) in recent years.

Cork Flat RacingTimeform

A flat, right-handed, oval track with a ten-furlong inner circuit and a twelve furlong outer circuit. It is a relatively fair track in character. A chute of two furlongs allows races over five and six furlongs to be run on a straight course.

Cork is a flat track that suits pace horses. From the mile-and-a-half start, a low draw is a big help as they start quite close to the bend. In general, it is difficult to make up ground on the round track and horses that can make the running or be prominent are favoured. On the sprint track, high numbers are best when the ground is quick, but when it is softer the draw isn’t an issue as they can come up all parts of the track and be competitive. Mind, when the ground is quick, it can be a nightmare for a hold-up horse to be drawn high, as they tend to stay very compressed up against the stand rail and getting a run can be a big problem.

View from the saddle: Mick KinaneMick Kinane
Cork Jumps RacingTimeform

A right-handed, flat, oval track with a chase circuit of one and a half miles and two hurdle circuits, the inner one around one and a quarter miles round. The track is level and galloping in character without favouring any particular type of horse. There are eight fences to a circuit of the chase course, with three in the four-furlong home straight and a run-in of around one furlong.

A fair track that is good and galloping. I always thought it favoured those that were prominently placed over jumps there, as it is so flat that those in front don’t come back like they do on stiffer tracks. The fences are grand, but they can give a little bit of trouble. In terms of the ground, it never gets too deep there and horses that don’t want it testing can get away with it there during the winter. The track is regularly flooded by the adjoining river, so I presume the silt from the river has made the soil quite sandy and it drains very well as a result.

View from the saddle: Charlie SwanCharlie Swan

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Replays & Results

12:20 Mccarthy Insurance Group Rated Novice Hurdle

Emerald green, red hoop, white & red hooped sleeves, white cap, black diamonds (Healymacs Pubs Syndicate)
  • Winner: Chatham Street Lad
  • Jockey: L P Dempsey
  • Trainer: M Winters
  • Owner: Healymacs Pubs Syndicate

12:50 Mccarthy Insurance Group Maiden Hurdle

Light blue, light blue & grey check cap (Fergies On A Sunday Morning Syndicate)
  • Winner: Schindlers Ark
  • Jockey: J W Kennedy
  • Trainer: G Elliott
  • Owner: Fergies On A Sunday Morning Syndicate

13:25 Mccarthy Insurance Group Maiden Hurdle

Yellow, black star, striped sleeves, yellow cap, black stars (E Joseph Byrne)
  • Winner: Guided By You
  • Jockey: J M Moore
  • Trainer: N Meade
  • Owner: E Joseph Byrne

13:55 Gerardine Mccarthy Memorial Handicap Hurdle

(2m 4f)
Royal blue, white chevron, diabolo on sleeves, quartered cap (E Casey)
  • Winner: Lite Duties
  • Jockey: M A Enright
  • Trainer: C Byrnes
  • Owner: E Casey

14:30 Mccarthy Insurance Group Beginners Chase

(2m 4f)
Pink, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap (Mrs S Ricci)
  • Winner: Livelovelaugh
  • Jockey: P Townend
  • Trainer: W P Mullins
  • Owner: Mrs S Ricci

15:05 Mccarthy Insurance Group Handicap Chase

(2m 4f)
White, emerald green stars, yellow sleeves, maroon cap, white stars (T C Quinn)
  • Winner: Smokey Joe Joe
  • Jockey: D F O'Regan
  • Trainer: S J Mahon
  • Owner: T C Quinn

15:40 Mccarthy Insurance Group Flat Race

Dark Blue, red stripe, white braces (Regulatory Finance Solutions Limited)
  • Winner: Squadron Commander
  • Jockey: Mr P W Mullins
  • Trainer: W P Mullins
  • Owner: Regulatory Finance Solutions Limited