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

14:45 Mash Direct Maiden Hurdle

(2m 2f 165y)
Emerald green & orange hooped, white cap (John P McManus)
  • Winner: Paris Texas
  • Jockey: M P Walsh
  • Trainer: Joseph P O'Brien
  • Owner: John P McManus

15:20 Ulster Carpets Handicap Hurdle (80-95)

(2m 2f 165y)
Brown & orange chevrons, orange sleeves, orange cap, brown diamond (Miss Sarah Foran)
  • Winner: Muroor
  • Jockey: C D Maxwell
  • Trainer: T G McCourt
  • Owner: Miss Sarah Foran

15:55 Dr. E.F. Logan OBE Memorial Giltspur Scientific Handicap Hurdle

(2m 5f 160y)
Light blue, purple stars, purple star on cap (Ms Caroline Ahearn)
  • Winner: Roi De Dubai
  • Jockey: M J Bolger
  • Trainer: J C McConnell
  • Owner: Ms Caroline Ahearn

16:30 Best Dressed Gentleman Win A Luxury Cruise Maiden Hurdle

(2m 5f 160y)
Black, orange stars, orange star on cap (Arion Racing Club & Andrew Brown & Gemma Brown)
  • Winner: Present In Court
  • Jockey: D N Russell
  • Trainer: G Elliott
  • Owner: Arion Racing Club & Andrew Brown & Gemma Brown

17:05 AJC Group Ladies Upstyle Hair Competition Win A Trip To Nice Beginners Chase

(2m 3f 55y)
Maroon, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star (Gigginstown House Stud)
  • Winner: Caltex
  • Jockey: J W Kennedy
  • Trainer: G Elliott
  • Owner: Gigginstown House Stud

17:40 Rekorderlig Cider Most Appropriately Dressed Lady Win A Trip To Thailand Handicap Chase

(2m 3f 55y)
Red, black spots, halved sleeves, white cap (No Rush Man Syndicate)
  • Winner: Jack Slade
  • Jockey: J M Moore
  • Trainer: N Meade
  • Owner: No Rush Man Syndicate

18:10 K N Group Flat Race

(2m 2f 165y)
Cream, emerald green cross sashes, diabolo on sleeves, emerald green cap (Dr S P Fitzgerald)
  • Winner: Royal Rendezvous
  • Jockey: Mr P W Mullins
  • Trainer: W P Mullins
  • Owner: Dr S P Fitzgerald
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Downpatrick Racecourse
24 Ballydugan Road
Co. Down
BT30 6TE
028 4461 2054
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