Limerick Course Guide

Limerick Racecourse, also known as Greenmount Park, held the distinction of being the first purpose-built racecourse in Ireland in over 50 years when it first opened in 2001. The new track, which is 8km south of Limerick City, replaced the old track at Greenpark in the city.

Limerick stages a total of 18 fixtures every year both on the Flat and under National Hunt rules with the centrepiece of their racing calendar being the four-day Christmas meeting which runs from St Stephan’s Day onwards. The feature race of the meeting is the Grade 2 Greenmount Park Novice Chase which has been won by future starts such as Hi Cloy and Sir Des Champs.


A right-handed circuit of a mile and three furlongs. There is a steep climb on the latter half of the back straight, before a downhill run on the approach to the straight of three furlongs, which is on a slight incline.

It’s a track that really changes character depending on what the ground is like. On quick ground, a low draw and plenty of pace are essential, as it really is quite an easy test from the top of the hill at the far side thus it can be difficult to make up ground from off the pace. On softer ground, the leading bunch tend to come back that bit more often. It is a great track to front run around if left alone up the hill on the far side.

View from the saddle: Mick Kinane

The new track opened in October 2001. It is a galloping, right-handed oval track with a circuit of over a mile and three furlongs. There is a fairly sharp turn after the winning post then a stiff climb in the back straight before a downhill run to the three-furlong home straight with a slight rise in the final two furlongs. There are seven fences to a circuit of the chase course, five of them in quick succession in the back straight which is situated on the outside of the hurdles track, and there is a run-in of around a furlong.

Quite a tricky track to ride. The climb up the back straight is quite testing and horses need to be given a breather up there if they are to get home well. Plenty of riders seem to kick for home too early on the downhill swing into the straight and pay for it up the final rise in the final furlong. In general, the fences are fair, but the second-last can cause problems and to a lesser extent the last.

View from the saddle: Charlie Swan
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2m | 4YO only | 18 ran
  • Winner: Kalkas 2/1 2Fav
  • Jockey: Rachael Blackmore Trainer: H de Bromhead
  • Owner: Sean & Bernardine Mulryan
13:25 Goggin Buckley Veterans Handicap Chase
2m 6½f | 10YO plus | 7 ran
  • Winner: Wishmoor 11/4 JFav
  • Jockey: R A Doyle Trainer: J F Levins
  • Owner: The Dms Partnership
13:55 Earl Of Harrington Memorial Maiden Hunters Chase
2m 6½f | 5YO plus | 10 ran
  • Winner: Staker Wallace 4/7 Fav
  • Jockey: Mr B O'Neill Trainer: E Bolger
  • Owner: John P McManus
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2m 4f | 4YO plus | 11 ran
  • Winner: Atlantic Fairy 6/4 Fav
  • Jockey: Rachael Blackmore Trainer: H de Bromhead
  • Owner: Mark E Phelan
15:00 Convermax Handicap Hurdle
2m | 3YO plus | 17 ran
  • Winner: Moonlight Glory 5/2 2Fav
  • Jockey: G P Brouder Trainer: E McCarthy
  • Owner: Saorcha Fitzgerald
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  • Jockey: Mr P Byrnes Trainer: C Byrnes
  • Owner: Byrnes Bloodstock Limited

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Limerick Racecourse
Greenmount Park
Co. Limerick
+353 61 320000
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