Dundalk Course Guide

The current all-weather track at Dundalk was opened in August 2007 in tandem with an existing greyhound racing track on the infield of the racecourse. Horse racing had originally taken place on a turf track on the same site in Dundalk, but that had closed in 2001.

The all-weather track at Dundalk is acknowledged as one of the finest in Europe and numerous subsequent Group 1 winners have raced and won on it in recent years. Dundalk races all year round with a total of 38 meetings taking place every year, the emphasis being on the winter season from November through to March. The feature race of the year is the Group 3 Diamond Stakes which takes places in October and has been won by the likes of Mastercraftsman and Declaration Of War.

Flat Racing (All-Weather)

Dundalk Flat Racing (All-Weather)Timeform

The polytrack course, which opened in August, 2007, is a left-handed, oval course, about 10 furlongs in extent, with a run-in of about 2½ furlongs. A 5f chute joins the main course on the home bend just over 3½ furlongs from the finish, while the 1m start is in a short chute at the start of the back straight.

Dundalk is a very fair track. The cutaway rail they introduced in December 2013 was an excellent move and it has drastically reduced the number of hard-luck stories. In general, it rides quite firm and some horses, particularly those that like a softer surface, won’t let themselves down on it. A low draw is a big help over seven furlongs and particularly over the extended mile-and-a-quarter as the bend comes up very quickly indeed after that start. The kickback had been getting a bit worse during the 2014/15 winter season, but they refurbished the surface in July 2015 and that should settle it down and go back to the fair surface it had been for years.

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Current Weather

Forecast: Mostly sunny

Temperature: 4.1° - 13.5°

Rainfall: 0.17cm

Wind: 14.6mph NW

Last Update: 23/09/2018 12:00

Forecast: Sunny spells

Temperature: 6.9° - 14.9°

Rainfall: None

Wind: 5.5mph W

Last Update: 23/09/2018 12:00

Replays & Results

1
17:30 Dundalk Floodlit Friday Nights Handicap

(5f)
Black, red epaulettes, yellow sleeves, yellow cap, red star (Thistle Bloodstock Limited)
  • Winner: Zig Zag Zyggy
  • Jockey: R P Whelan
  • Trainer: R J Osborne
  • Owner: Thistle Bloodstock Limited

2
18:00 Crowne Plaza Leading Jockey & Trainer Championship Claiming Maiden

(1m)
Maroon, yellow sash, yellow chevrons on sleeves, striped cap (Ms Hazel McGuinness)
  • Winner: Bittersweet
  • Jockey: S Foley
  • Trainer: A McGuinness
  • Owner: Ms Hazel McGuinness

3
18:30 Christmas Party Nights At Dundalk Stadium Handicap (45-65) (Div 1)

(1m)
Yellow, royal blue hoop & sleeves, royal blue & white quartered cap (Edward Power)
  • Winner: My Lark
  • Jockey: A C Persse
  • Trainer: Miss E Doyle
  • Owner: Edward Power

4
19:00 Christmas Party Nights At Dundalk Stadium Handicap (45-65) (Div 2)

(1m)
Black & emerald green chevrons, emerald green cap, black star (Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate)
  • Winner: Alfirak
  • Jockey: R P Cleary
  • Trainer: D English
  • Owner: Galaxy Horse Racing Syndicate

5
19:30 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden (Plus 10)

(6f)
Dark blue, beige disc, beige stars on sleeves, beige cap (Fitzwilliam Racing 2018)
  • Winner: Festina Plente
  • Jockey: S Foley
  • Trainer: John Patrick Murtagh
  • Owner: Fitzwilliam Racing 2018

6
20:00 Crowne Plaza Race & Stay Apprentice Handicap (50-80)

(1m 4f)
Brown, yellow star & stars on sleeves, brown cap, white star (Michael L Keating)
  • Winner: Nimitz
  • Jockey: T P Madden
  • Trainer: C O'Brien
  • Owner: Michael L Keating

7
20:30 Dundalk Stadium - Light Up Your Night Race

(1m 2f 150y)
Emerald green, yellow stars, black sleeves & cap (M J Jooste & Mrs John Magnier & Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith)
  • Winner: Astronomer
  • Jockey: D O'Brien
  • Trainer: A P O'Brien
  • Owner: M J Jooste & Mrs John Magnier & Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith

8
21:00 dundalkstadium.com Handicap (45-65)

(1m 2f 150y)
Pink, black seams, dark green sleeves & cap (D P Coakley & Joseph F Costello & Patrick Coakley)
  • Winner: Park Row
  • Jockey: R Coakley
  • Trainer: D P Coakley
  • Owner: D P Coakley & Joseph F Costello & Patrick Coakley