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.


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 Kinane

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 Swan
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Upcoming races
13:50 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Maiden Hurdle
(Class ) (2m)
  • Winner: Great White Shark 6/4 Fav
  • Jockey: R Walsh Trainer: W P Mullins
  • Owner: Malcolm C Denmark
14:20 Colm Quinn BMW Maiden Hurdle
(Class ) (2m 4f)
  • Winner: Discordantly 9/4 2Fav
  • Jockey: R M Power Trainer: Mrs J Harrington
  • Owner: The Odd Fellows Partnership
14:55 Fairyhouse Racecourse Supporting Irish Injured Jockeys Association Novice Hurdle (Grade 2)
(Class 1) (2m)
  • Winner: Mister Blue Sky 15/8 Fav
  • Jockey: R Walsh Trainer: W P Mullins
  • Owner: Shanakiel Racing Syndicate
15:30 Fairyhouse Easter Festival Novice Hurdle (Grade 2)
(Class 1) (2m 4f)
  • Winner: Dommage Pour Toi 33/1
  • Jockey: Rachael Blackmore Trainer: H de Bromhead
  • Owner: Hugh Bleahen
16:00 Huntington's Disease Association Mares Handicap Hurdle
(Class 1) (2m 4f)
  • Winner: Iknowwhereiamnow 25/1
  • Jockey: L P Dempsey Trainer: J P Dempsey
  • Owner: Tfc Syndicate
16:35 Boylesports Handicap Hurdle (80-102)
(Class ) (2m)
  • Winner: Scotch Quay 7/2 Fav
  • Jockey: R A Doyle Trainer: E Griffin
  • Owner: Mrs Martina Griffin
17:05 Irish EBF Total Enjoyment Mares Flat Race (Listed)
(Class 1) (2m)
  • Winner: Gypsy Island 2/1 Fav
  • Jockey: Mr D O'Connor Trainer: Peter Fahey
  • Owner: John P McManus

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Fairyhouse Racecourse
Co. Meath
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