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

15:00 Flynn Management And Contractors Supporting Ratoath GAA Race Day E.B.F. Beginners Chase

(2m 110y)
Maroon, white star, white armlets, white cap (Gigginstown House Stud)
  • Winner: Potters Point
  • Jockey: J W Kennedy
  • Trainer: G Elliott
  • Owner: Gigginstown House Stud

15:35 Lilly Bain Bathroom And Tiles Supporting Newry RFC Maiden Hurdle

(2m 4f)
White, red spots, emerald green sleeves, red cap (David G Keys)
  • Winner: Drumconnor Lad
  • Jockey: D N Russell
  • Trainer: Adrian Keatley
  • Owner: David G Keys

16:10 I.N.H. Stallion Owners E.B.F. Novice Handicap Hurdle Series Final (Grade B)

Royal blue & maroon check, hooped sleeves, maroon cap, royal blue diamonds (Patrick K McCarthy)
  • Winner: Returntovendor
  • Jockey: P T Enright
  • Trainer: J P Fahey
  • Owner: Patrick K McCarthy

16:40 Glascarn Handicap Hurdle (Grade A)

Pink, light green spots, pink sleeves & cap (Mrs S Ricci)
  • Winner: Thomas Hobson
  • Jockey: R Walsh
  • Trainer: W P Mullins
  • Owner: Mrs S Ricci

17:15 Today FM Ladies National Handicap Chase

(2m 6f)
Maroon, white panel, halved sleeves, maroon cap (J R Finn)
  • Winner: Coldstonesober
  • Jockey: Miss A B O'Connor
  • Trainer: J R Finn
  • Owner: J R Finn

17:50 Boylesports Joseph R. O'Reilly Hunters Chase

(3m 150y)
Emerald green & red chevrons, red sleeves, red & emerald green hooped cap (D M Christie)
  • Winner: Maple Mons
  • Jockey: Mr B O'Neill
  • Trainer: D M Christie
  • Owner: D M Christie

18:20 Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Mares Flat Race

(2m 4f)
Dark blue, orange cross of lorraine & sleeves, quartered cap (Modebest Group Holdings Ltd)
  • Winner: Half The Odds
  • Jockey: Mr D J Benson
  • Trainer: N Meade
  • Owner: Modebest Group Holdings Ltd

18:50 Auld Stand Ratoath & Kelly Pub Ashbourne Supporting Meath GAA Race Day Flat Race

Maroon, white star & armlet, maroon cap, white star (Gigginstown House Stud)
  • Winner: Cracking Smart
  • Jockey: Mr J J Codd
  • Trainer: G Elliott
  • Owner: Gigginstown House Stud