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

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

Light blue & scarlet halved, sleeves reversed, white cap (H R D McCalmont & Hamish McCalmont)
  • Winner: Cava
  • Jockey: J A Heffernan
  • Trainer: Joseph P O'Brien
  • Owner: H R D McCalmont & Hamish McCalmont

18:10 Fairyhouse For Club Fundraisers Maiden

Black, orange stars, orange star on cap (Arion Racing Club & Andrew Brown & Gary Hassall & Daryl Gooch)
  • Winner: Loving A Boom
  • Jockey: D P McDonogh
  • Trainer: G Elliott
  • Owner: Arion Racing Club & Andrew Brown & Gary Hassall & Daryl Gooch

18:40 Summer Family Fun Day July 8th Handicap (45-70)

Yellow & royal blue check, royal blue sleeves, check cap (J Dollard)
  • Winner: Waitingfortheday
  • Jockey: D O'Brien
  • Trainer: Joseph P O'Brien
  • Owner: J Dollard

19:15 Toals.com Bookmakers Fillies Race

Dark blue & yellow quartered, quartered cap (P E I Newell)
  • Winner: Surrounding
  • Jockey: C P Hoban
  • Trainer: M Halford
  • Owner: P E I Newell

19:45 La Bucca Restaurants Handicap (50-80)

Royal blue & yellow hoops, royal blue sleeves, royal blue cap, yellow star (David Eiffe)
  • Winner: Waitaki
  • Jockey: D E Sheehy
  • Trainer: Dermot McLoughlin
  • Owner: David Eiffe

20:20 Toals.com Bookmakers Handicap

(1m 4f)
Royal blue & white hoops, white chevrons on sleeves, white diamond on cap (Breen White)
  • Winner: Total Demolition
  • Jockey: R Coakley
  • Trainer: J Larkin
  • Owner: Breen White

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

(1m 4f)
Grey, black epaulettes, royal blue sleeves, black cap (Miss Zoe Casbolt)
  • Winner: Schoolboy Error
  • Jockey: C D Hayes
  • Trainer: Shane Nolan
  • Owner: Miss Zoe Casbolt