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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15:45 Join Us On Instagram At dundalk_stadium Handicap
5f | 4YO plus | 14 ran
  • Winner: Hodd's Girl 7/2 2Fav
  • Jockey: A J Farragher Trainer: M Halford
  • Owner: The Rocky Horror Partnership
16:15 Find Us On Facebook At dundalkstadium Handicap
5f | 3YO only | 7 ran
  • Winner: Harry's Hill 7/2 2Fav
  • Jockey: J A Heffernan Trainer: Martin Hassett
  • Owner: The Tipp Ramblers Partnership
16:45 Irishinjuredjockeys.com Rated Race
1m 4f | 4YO plus | 14 ran
  • Winner: Glorious Zoff 8/1
  • Jockey: Sam Ewing Trainer: G Elliott
  • Owner: Deva Racing Syndicate
17:15 Follow Us On Twitter At DundalkStadium Maiden
1m 2½f | 4YO plus | 14 ran
  • Winner: Mosala 5/4 Fav
  • Jockey: C T Keane Trainer: H de Bromhead
  • Owner: C Acheson
17:45 Crowne Plaza Hotel Dundalk Maiden
1m | 3YO only | 14 ran
  • Winner: Irwin 4/9 Fav
  • Jockey: S M Crosse Trainer: Joseph P O'Brien
  • Owner: EuroLindy Syndicate
18:15 Hollywoodbets Horse Racing And Sports Betting Apprentice Handicap
7f | 3YO only | 11 ran
  • Winner: Catherine Chroi 11/2 2Fav
  • Jockey: Sam Ewing Trainer: G Elliott
  • Owner: P P Leonard
18:45 Floodlit Friday Nights At Dundalk Stadium Handicap
45-65 | Div 1
7f | 4YO plus | 14 ran
  • Winner: Caesar's Comet 7/1
  • Jockey: C D Hayes Trainer: J McAuley
  • Owner: James McAuley
19:15 Floodlit Friday Nights At Dundalk Stadium Handicap
45-65 | Div 2
7f | 4YO plus | 14 ran
  • Winner: St George's Head 4/1 2Fav
  • Jockey: D P McDonogh Trainer: K P Cotter
  • Owner: Celtic Racing Club

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