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

13:45 Winning Fair Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 3)

(Class 1) (2m)
Maroon, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star (Gigginstown House Stud)
  • Winner: Mitchouka
  • Jockey: D N Russell
  • Trainer: G Elliott
  • Owner: Gigginstown House Stud

14:20 Visit Attheraces.com/Cheltenham Handicap Hurdle (80-102)

(Class 1) (2m 4f)
Black, red cross of lorraine, grey sleeves, red seams, grey cap (Kevin Dunlea)
  • Winner: Battling Spirit
  • Jockey: Katie O'Farrell
  • Trainer: Jonathan Sweeney
  • Owner: Kevin Dunlea

14:55 Tommy Carberry Handicap Hurdle

(Class 1) (2m 4f)
Emerald green & orange hooped, white cap (John P McManus)
  • Winner: Out Of The Loop
  • Jockey: M P Walsh
  • Trainer: Padraig Roche
  • Owner: John P McManus

15:30 At The Races Bobbyjo Chase (Grade 3)

(Class 1) (3m 1f)
Beige & black halved, black chevrons on sleeves, beige cap (Andrea Wylie & Graham Wylie)
  • Winner: Bellshill
  • Jockey: D J Mullins
  • Trainer: W P Mullins
  • Owner: Andrea Wylie & Graham Wylie

16:05 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase

(Class 1) (2m 1f 110y)
Royal blue, light blue star, white sleeves, royal blue stars, white cap, royal blue star (Supreme Horse Racing Club & Kenneth Sharp)
  • Winner: Cadmium
  • Jockey: D J Mullins
  • Trainer: W P Mullins
  • Owner: Supreme Horse Racing Club & Kenneth Sharp

16:40 Download The Free At The Races App Hunters Chase

(Class 1) (2m 5f 100y)
Emerald green, yellow chevron & sleeves, red cap (Ann & Alan Potts Limited)
  • Winner: Sizing Coal
  • Jockey: Mr J J Codd
  • Trainer: J T R Dreaper
  • Owner: Ann & Alan Potts Limited

17:10 Ian Smith Memorial (Pro/Am) Flat Race

(Class 1) (2m)
Maroon, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star (Gigginstown House Stud)
  • Winner: Sometime Soon
  • Jockey: Ms L O'Neill
  • Trainer: G Elliott
  • Owner: Gigginstown House Stud