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

15:15 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Claiming Race (Plus 10)

Black, beige cap (Bryan Lynam)
  • Winner: Only The Brave
  • Jockey: D E Sheehy
  • Trainer: S Lynam
  • Owner: Bryan Lynam

15:45 Dandy Man Maiden

Emerald green, red sash, light blue sleeves, red cap (Robert Lanigan)
  • Winner: Dramatise
  • Jockey: J A Heffernan
  • Trainer: Joseph P O'Brien
  • Owner: Robert Lanigan

16:15 Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Maiden (Plus 10)

Red, white sash, royal blue sleeves, white stars, red cap, royal blue star (Alfred Sweetnam)
  • Winner: Gustavus Weston
  • Jockey: W J Lee
  • Trainer: J G Murphy
  • Owner: Alfred Sweetnam

16:45 Become A Member At Fairyhouse Nursery Handicap (Plus 10)

Dark blue, red epaulettes, red cap, dark blue star (Michael O'Callaghan)
  • Winner: Recon Mission
  • Jockey: L F Roche
  • Trainer: M O'Callaghan
  • Owner: Michael O'Callaghan

17:15 Ballyhane Blenheim Stakes (Listed)

(Class 1) (6f)
Royal blue, emerald green panel, emerald green star on cap (Irish National Stud Breeding&Racing Club)
  • Winner: Lethal Promise
  • Jockey: W J Lee
  • Trainer: W McCreery
  • Owner: Irish National Stud Breeding&Racing Club

17:45 2019 Fairyhouse Membership Now On Sale Apprentice Handicap (Div 1)

(Class 1) (6f)
Black, yellow seams, yellow armlet, yellow cap, black star (Sunday Racing Club)
  • Winner: Caesar's Comet
  • Jockey: K J Leonard
  • Trainer: Denis Hogan
  • Owner: Sunday Racing Club

18:15 2019 Fairyhouse Membership Now On Sale Apprentice Handicap (Div 2)

(Class 1) (6f)
Black, red chevron, white slvs, black & red hooped cap (Donal Kinsella)
  • Winner: Ducky Mallon
  • Jockey: D M Redmond
  • Trainer: D Kinsella
  • Owner: Donal Kinsella

18:45 Fairyhouse Winter Festival 1st & 2nd December Handicap

(Class 1) (1m 2f)
Yellow, red epaulettes & sleeves, yellow cap (Anamoine Limited)
  • Winner: Still Standing
  • Jockey: C O'Donoghue
  • Trainer: Mrs J Harrington
  • Owner: Anamoine Limited