Downpatrick Course Guide

One of two racecourses in Northern Ireland, Downpatrick is reputed to be the oldest racecourse on the island of Ireland, with the first race meeting being recorded all the way back in 1685. Remarkably, the Byerley Turk, one of the three foundation stallions of the thoroughbred breed, is reputed to have run at the County Down track in 1690.

Downpatrick has nine fixtures of National Hunt racing every year from March through to October and the highlight of the racing calendar is the marathon Ulster Grand National which takes place in March.


A narrow, right-handed track with a circuit of around eleven furlongs. This is not a track for a long-striding horse, given the numerous undulations and turns. There are six fences to a circuit of the chase course, with the last two close together before the uphill home straight of over a furlong.

This is a real horses for courses track. When you come past the winning post, it’s like going off the edge of a cliff! The drop is unbelievable and the first time you ride down it is an experience. It’s not an easy track to ride and you just have to try and give your horse as many breathers as possible as you go up and down all the hills. In terms of ideal position, I would always say the handier the better, but most would be of that view so sometimes they can go too quick in front as plenty want to be prominent and in those cases, one can get away with being a bit off the pace early. The last furlong-and-a-half is a very stiff test. The fences there were always some of the easiest anywhere in Ireland.

View from the saddle: Charlie Swan
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Last Update: 23/05/2019 17:00x

Upcoming races
17:15 Molson Coors Maiden Hurdle
(Class ) (2m 2f 165y)
17:50 Tote Supporting Downpatrick Racecourse Handicap Hurdle (80-109)
(Class ) (2m 5f 100y)
18:20 Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Hurdle (80-95)
(Class ) (2m 5f 100y)
18:50 Joe Rea Memorial Beginners Chase
(Class ) (2m 3f 55y)
19:20 Racing TV Handicap Chase (0-102)
(Class ) (2m 7f 110y)
19:50 Frank Fitzsimmons Memorial Hunters Chase
(Class ) (2m 7f 110y)
20:20 Molson Coors Flat Race
(Class ) (2m 1f 65y)

Address & Contact

Downpatrick Racecourse
24 Ballydugan Road
Co. Down
BT30 6TE
028 4461 2054
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