Downpatrick Course Guide

One of two racecourses in Northern Ireland, Downpatrick is reputed to be the oldest racecourse on the island of Ireland, with the first race meeting being recorded all the way back in 1685. Remarkably, the Byerley Turk, one of the three foundation stallions of the thoroughbred breed, is reputed to have run at the County Down track in 1690.

Downpatrick has nine fixtures of National Hunt racing every year from March through to October and the highlight of the racing calendar is the marathon Ulster Grand National which takes place in March.

Jumps Racing

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A narrow, right-handed track with a circuit of around eleven furlongs. This is not a track for a long-striding horse, given the numerous undulations and turns. There are six fences to a circuit of the chase course, with the last two close together before the uphill home straight of over a furlong.

This is a real horses for courses track. When you come past the winning post, it’s like going off the edge of a cliff! The drop is unbelievable and the first time you ride down it is an experience. It’s not an easy track to ride and you just have to try and give your horse as many breathers as possible as you go up and down all the hills. In terms of ideal position, I would always say the handier the better, but most would be of that view so sometimes they can go too quick in front as plenty want to be prominent and in those cases, one can get away with being a bit off the pace early. The last furlong-and-a-half is a very stiff test. The fences there were always some of the easiest anywhere in Ireland.

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Replays & Results

14:30 Bet Now With The Ladbrokes App Maiden Hurdle

(2m 2f 165y)
White & emerald green hoops, dark green sleeves, white & emerald green hooped cap (Up The Hoops Racing Club)
  • Winner: Hillary John
  • Jockey: G Sheehan
  • Trainer: B R Hamilton
  • Owner: Up The Hoops Racing Club

15:00 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Handicap Hurdle

(2m 2f 165y)
Emerald green, orange chevron & sleeves, quartered cap (Rich & Nora Furlong Partnership)
  • Winner: Victoria Bay
  • Jockey: S W Flanagan
  • Trainer: Colin Bowe
  • Owner: Rich & Nora Furlong Partnership

15:30 Maiden Hurdle

(2m 5f 60y)
Yellow, royal blue sash, royal blue armlet, yellow cap, royal blue stars (Try Ravenhill Syndicate)
  • Winner: Ravenhill
  • Jockey: D N Russell
  • Trainer: G Elliott
  • Owner: Try Ravenhill Syndicate

16:00 Download The Ladbrokes App Handicap Hurdle

(2m 2f 165y)
Black, pink star, light blue sleeves, pink cap (Martin Bambrick)
  • Winner: Killiney Court
  • Jockey: D Robinson
  • Trainer: H de Bromhead
  • Owner: Martin Bambrick

16:30 Down Time Festival Rated Novice Hurdle

(2m 1f 65y)
Dark blue, yellow diamond & sleeves, yellow cap, red diamond (Mrs P Sloan)
  • Winner: Count Simon
  • Jockey: D N Russell
  • Trainer: G Elliott
  • Owner: Mrs P Sloan

17:00 Molson Coors Handicap Hurdle (80-95)

(2m 1f 65y)
Emerald green,red diamond,red slvs,emGreen diamonds,red cap,emGreen diamond (R Graffin)
  • Winner: Touchedbyanangel
  • Jockey: A E Lynch
  • Trainer: A Oliver
  • Owner: R Graffin

17:30 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Flat Race

(2m 1f 65y)
Light blue, white spots, striped sleeves, light blue cap, white spots (Kenneth Alexander)
  • Winner: Carrie Des Champs
  • Jockey: Ms L O'Neill
  • Trainer: G Elliott
  • Owner: Kenneth Alexander
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Downpatrick Racecourse
24 Ballydugan Road
Co. Down
BT30 6TE
028 4461 2054
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