Dundalk Course Guide

The current all-weather track at Dundalk was opened in August 2007 in tandem with an existing greyhound racing track on the infield of the racecourse. Horse racing had originally taken place on a turf track on the same site in Dundalk, but that had closed in 2001.

The all-weather track at Dundalk is acknowledged as one of the finest in Europe and numerous subsequent Group 1 winners have raced and won on it in recent years. Dundalk races all year round with a total of 38 meetings taking place every year, the emphasis being on the winter season from November through to March. The feature race of the year is the Group 3 Diamond Stakes which takes places in October and has been won by the likes of Mastercraftsman and Declaration Of War.


The polytrack course, which opened in August, 2007, is a left-handed, oval course, about 10 furlongs in extent, with a run-in of about 2½ furlongs. A 5f chute joins the main course on the home bend just over 3½ furlongs from the finish, while the 1m start is in a short chute at the start of the back straight.

Dundalk is a very fair track. The cutaway rail they introduced in December 2013 was an excellent move and it has drastically reduced the number of hard-luck stories. In general, it rides quite firm and some horses, particularly those that like a softer surface, won’t let themselves down on it. A low draw is a big help over seven furlongs and particularly over the extended mile-and-a-quarter as the bend comes up very quickly indeed after that start. The kickback had been getting a bit worse during the 2014/15 winter season, but they refurbished the surface in July 2015 and that should settle it down and go back to the fair surface it had been for years.

View from the saddle: Mick Kinane
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Last Update: 03/08/2020 17:00

14:30 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden
5f | 2YO only | 9 ran
  • Winner: Mahaaseel 11/4
  • Jockey: G P Halpin Trainer: K Prendergast
  • Owner: Hamdan Al Maktoum
15:00 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden
5f | 3YO plus | 8 ran
  • Winner: Lord Mczie 5/1
  • Jockey: E Greatrex Trainer: Joseph P O'Brien
  • Owner: Phoenix Thoroughbred Limited
15:30 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Maiden
7f | 3YO plus | 12 ran
  • Winner: Bestrella 2/1 2Fav
  • Jockey: B M Coen Trainer: John Patrick Murtagh
  • Owner: Mrs Orla Murtagh
16:00 Crowne Plaza Hotel Virtual Ladies Day Handicap
45-65 | Div 1
7f | 3YO plus | 14 ran
  • Winner: Miss Cunning 22/1
  • Jockey: G P Halpin Trainer: K Prendergast
  • Owner: Kevin Prendergast
16:30 Crowne Plaza Hotel Virtual Ladies Day Handicap
45-65 | Div 2
7f | 3YO plus | 14 ran
  • Winner: Rain Or Shine 9/1
  • Jockey: R Coakley Trainer: C O'Brien
  • Owner: Painestown Syndicate
17:00 Ireland Thanks You Handicap
45-70 | Div 1
1m 2½f | 3YO plus | 13 ran
  • Winner: Wojood 9/1
  • Jockey: James J Doyle Trainer: Denis Hogan
  • Owner: Full Of Hope Syndicate
17:30 Woodford Reserve Ballysax Stakes
Group 3
1m 2½f | Class 1 | 3YO only | 6 ran
  • Winner: Nobel Prize 4/1 2Fav
  • Jockey: K K Hennessy Trainer: A P O'Brien
  • Owner: Coolmore, Moffitt & Meduri Syndicate
18:00 Ireland Thanks You Handicap
45-70 | Div 2
1m 2½f | 3YO plus | 14 ran
  • Winner: Sideshift 15/2
  • Jockey: L F Roche Trainer: M O'Callaghan
  • Owner: Michael O'Callaghan

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Dundalk Stadium Ltd
Inner Relief Road
Co. Louth
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