Fairyhouse Course Guide

Fairyhouse Racecourse is one of the premier National Hunt tracks in Ireland. Located 23km north of Dublin in County Meath, the first recorded race meeting took place there in 1848. Nowadays, it hosts 20 meetings over the course of the year, with both Flat and National Hunt racing taking place there.

The highlight of the Fairyhouse calendar is the three-day Easter Festival, with the main event unquestionably being the Irish Grand National. First run in 1870, arguably the most memorable winner of it in recent decades was the legendary Desert Orchid, who carried top weight to victory in the 1990 renewal of the race.

Mind, a Fairyhouse card that is beginning to rival the Easter Festival in terms of prestige is the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle meeting which takes place in December. It host three Grade 1 races and has proven to be one of the highest-class days of pre-Christmas National Hunt racing anywhere in Ireland and Great Britain.

The sole Group race on the Flat at Fairyhouse is the Group 3 Brownstown Stakes in July and it has been won by future Group 1 winners such as Emulous and Fiesolana in recent years.

Fairyhouse Flat RacingTimeform

A wide, galloping and square-shaped course that is a mile and six furlongs in length and right-handed. The straight is three furlongs long and is slightly uphill.

Fairyhouse is quite a level track that while it is fair in the main, it generally suits horses that have to pace to race prominently. The draw isn’t something I ever found myself getting too worked up about at Fairyhouse. Mind, over the shorter trips, a low draw can be a real problem for a hold-up horse, as they race quite right to the rail in the straight and hard-luck stories are never too far away.

View from the saddle: Mick KinaneMick Kinane
Fairyhouse Jumps RacingTimeform

A wide, galloping, square right-handed track, a mile and three quarters in extent. There is a steady climb on the side away from the stands before a steady descent in the back straight. The three-furlong home straight is slightly uphill but the track is not a testing one and favours no particular type of horse. There are eleven fences to a circuit, and a run-in of around a furlong.

A lovely big galloping track. There are rarely any hard-luck stories at Fairyhouse, you can come from any position and it’s an easy enough track to ride. The fences there are some of the stiffest around and wouldn’t be very forgiving to a chancy novice.

View from the saddle: Charlie SwanCharlie Swan

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Replays & Results

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17:10 Club Or Charity Fundraisers At Fairyhouse Enquire Today Fillies Race

(7f)
Pink, light blue sleeves, red cap (Ringfort Stud Limited)
  • Winner: Orangey Red
  • Jockey: P J Smullen
  • Trainer: W T Farrell
  • Owner: Ringfort Stud Limited

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17:40 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden (Plus 10)

(6f)
Emerald green, royal blue cross sashes, royal blue sleeves, quartered cap (Mrs June Judd & Mrs J S Bolger)
  • Winner: Sometimesadiamond
  • Jockey: K J Manning
  • Trainer: J S Bolger
  • Owner: Mrs June Judd & Mrs J S Bolger

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18:10 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden

(6f)
Emerald green & white chevrons, white stars on sleeves, emerald green cap, white stars (Maythehorsebewithyou Syndicate)
  • Winner: Low Latency
  • Jockey: L F Roche
  • Trainer: D Bunyan
  • Owner: Maythehorsebewithyou Syndicate

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18:40 Summer Family Fun Day At Fairyhouse July 23rd Handicap (45-70) (Div 1)

(6f)
Yellow, black & white check cap (Patrick J McKenna)
  • Winner: Guiding Star
  • Jockey: C D Hayes
  • Trainer: P J McKenna
  • Owner: Patrick J McKenna

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19:15 Summer Family Fun Day At Fairyhouse July 23rd Handicap (45-70) (Div 2)

(6f)
Pink & white diamonds (Rockview Racing Club)
  • Winner: Nothing To Lose
  • Jockey: S Foley
  • Trainer: J C McConnell
  • Owner: Rockview Racing Club

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19:45 Paul Kelly Veterinary Clinic, Lets Go Grand Winner Handicap (50-80)

(7f)
White, purple panel, check cap (Mrs J S Bolger)
  • Winner: Fountain
  • Jockey: K J Manning
  • Trainer: J S Bolger
  • Owner: Mrs J S Bolger

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20:20 Friday Night Racing At Fairyhouse Handicap

(1m 4f)
White, large royal blue spots & sleeves, striped cap (Sean Jones)
  • Winner: Thunder Crash
  • Jockey: C T Keane
  • Trainer: G M Lyons
  • Owner: Sean Jones

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20:50 Follow Fairyhouse On Social Media Handicap (45-65)

(1m 4f)
Brown & orange chevrons, orange sleeves, orange cap, brown diamond (Miss Sarah Foran & Sean Foran)
  • Winner: Ben Rumson
  • Jockey: R P Whelan
  • Trainer: T G McCourt
  • Owner: Miss Sarah Foran & Sean Foran
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