Killarney Course Guide

Situated in Killarney in County Kerry, which is one of Ireland’s most popular tourist destinations, Killarney Racecourse is widely considered to be one of the most picturesque racecourses in the world. Racing has taken place at the current location since 1936 and nowadays it hosts a total of 11 race days which are divided into three individual festivals in May, July and August.

Both Flat and National Hunt action takes place at Killarney and the highlight of the racing calendar is perhaps the Listed Ruby Stakes which takes place at the August festival.


A left-handed oval of just over nine furlongs. It is a sharp track with the first bend after the winning post being particularly tight. There are no races at a mile or less.

A very fair track in the main. A low draw is a help, but the straights are good and long and you generally have plenty of time to get in and take a position. It can be a bit tricky to make up ground there, as the track edges ever so slightly left all the way down the straight. The bend away from the stands is plenty tight and riders need to present their horses to it well, as blowing it can cost quite a bit of ground.

View from the saddle: Mick Kinane

An undulating, left-handed oval track with a circuit of around nine and a half furlongs in extent. It is sharp in character, with the turn after the winning post being particularly tight. There are six fences to a circuit of the chase course, with three in the dog-legged home straight of under three furlongs. The run-in is around a furlong.

Killarney is grand type of track. The bends are quite sharp, particularly the one away from the stands, but the straights are good and long which balances it out well and I never felt there was a particular positional bias there. The fences were always very nice and inviting. The ground can get very soft very quickly and it’s rare enough to get a meeting in between testing and quick.

View from the saddle: Charlie Swan
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Last Update: 17/09/2019 12:00

12:50 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Race
1m | 2YO only | 6 ran
  • Winner: Raven's Cry 8/11 Fav
  • Jockey: W J Lee Trainer: P Twomey
  • Owner: Mrs Emma Kennedy
13:20 Irish EBF Supporting Irish Champions Weekend Nursery Handicap
1m | 2YO only | 14 ran
  • Winner: Troop Commander 9/1
  • Jockey: C D Hayes Trainer: K Prendergast
  • Owner: Mrs Kevin Prendergast
13:55 Irish Examiner Rated Race
1m | 3YO plus | 10 ran
  • Winner: National Guard 5/1 CFav
  • Jockey: J A Heffernan Trainer: A P O'Brien
  • Owner: Derrick Smith & Mrs John Magnier & Michael Tabor
14:30 Dunloe Hotel & Gardens Vincent O'Brien Ruby Stakes
Listed | 1m | Class 1 | 3YO plus | 15 ran
  • Winner: Lady Wannabe 5/1 Fav
  • Jockey: C D Hayes Trainer: J A Stack
  • Owner: Mrs T Gaffney & Mrs Barbara Murphy
15:05 Redbox Brand Consultants Handicap
45-65 | Div 1
1m | 3YO plus | 14 ran
  • Winner: Cautious Approach 8/1
  • Jockey: C D Hayes Trainer: Richard O'brien
  • Owner: Cautious Approach Syndicate
15:35 Redbox Brand Consultants Handicap
45-65 | Div 2
1m | 3YO plus | 15 ran
  • Winner: High Altitude 2/1 Fav
  • Jockey: A Mackay Trainer: J J Murphy
  • Owner: Paola Hewins & Olivia Hoare Partnership
16:05 ML Lynch Apprentice Handicap
1m 6f | 3YO plus | 9 ran
  • Winner: Marlborough Sounds 8/1
  • Jockey: A Mackay Trainer: J J Murphy
  • Owner: Mrs C C Regalado-Gonzalez
16:40 JOC Metal Fabrication
Q.R. | Race
2m 1f | 4YO plus | 6 ran
  • Winner: Stratum 2/9 Fav
  • Jockey: Mr P W Mullins Trainer: W P Mullins
  • Owner: Anthony Bloom

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Killarney Racecourse
Ross Road
Co. Kerry
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