Thurles Course Guide

One of three racecourses in County Tipperary, racing has taken place at Thurles since 1732 and it has long been considered a highly-important asset to Irish National Hunt racing. The reason for this is that the remarkably resilient ground there can be raced on after all but exceptional amounts of rainfall and it can withstand a large amount of racing during the winter months. It host 11 fixtures between October and March every year.

Thurles plays host to three Grade 2 contests, with the Kinloch Brae Chase in January being the most high profile. It has been won by the likes of Native Upmanship (three times), Newmill (twice), Hi Cloy and Don Cossack.


An undulating, right-handed track with a circuit of around a mile and a quarter. Sections of the track are uphill but there is a fairly steep descent to the two-furlong home straight and the track is very much sharp in character, favouring the handy type of horse. There are seven fences to a circuit of the chase course, with two in the home straight, and a run-in of around a furlong. The course is remarkably well drained and as a result, very few meetings are lost due to adverse weather conditions.

Thurles is a grand track to ride. You have to give your horse a chance coming up the hill in the back straight or you’ll struggle to get home otherwise. The ground at Thurles really is amazing, as it never gets too deep. Even in the worst of the worst weather, they still only go in five or six inches. There can often be some even better ground out a bit wider and that is something worth considering, especially towards the backend of a card when the ground on the inside is chopped up.

View from the saddle: Charlie Swan
Advance Going
Soft-soft to heavy in places
Current Weather
Sunny spells

Forecast: Sunny spells
Temp: -0.6° - 3.9°
Rainfall: 0.14mm
Wind: 5.5 mph SW

Last Update: 22/01/2021 17:00x

Upcoming races
12:30 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase
3m 1f | 4YO plus | 8 ran
  • Winner: Escaria Ten 6/5 Fav
  • Jockey: J W Kennedy Trainer: G Elliott
  • Owner: McNeill Family
13:00 Molony Cup Handicap Chase
3m 1f | 5YO plus | 14 ran
  • Winner: Key Commander 14/1
  • Jockey: D Meyler Trainer: E Doyle
  • Owner: Mrs P Doyle & Ms D M McGuire
13:30 Adare Manor Opportunity Handicap Chase
2m 2f | 4YO plus | 13 ran
  • Winner: Jack Dillinger 6/1 2Fav
  • Jockey: O R Brown Trainer: Joseph P O'Brien
  • Owner: Michael O'Flynn & Stanley G Watson
14:00 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Boreen Belle Mares Novice Hurdle
Listed | 2m | Class 1 | 4YO plus | 10 ran
  • Winner: Gauloise 4/5 Fav
  • Jockey: P Townend Trainer: W P Mullins
  • Owner: Kenneth Alexander
14:30 Handicap Hurdle
2m | 4YO plus | 13 ran
  • Winner: West Cork Wildway 7/2 Fav
  • Jockey: D J O'Keeffe Trainer: Paul O'Flynn
  • Owner: Fernhill Tower Syndicate
15:00 Horse & Jockey Hotel Rated Novice Hurdle
2m 7½f | 4YO plus | 10 ran
  • Winner: Frontal Assault 2/1 Fav
  • Jockey: J W Kennedy Trainer: G Elliott
  • Owner: Gigginstown House Stud
15:30 Best Wishes For The Festive Season
Pro/Am | Flat Race
2m | 4YO to 7YO | 11 ran
  • Winner: Flame Bearer 4/1
  • Jockey: Mr P A King Trainer: P M J Doyle
  • Owner: Linda Mulcahy & Mary Wolridge

Address & Contact

Thurles Racecourse
Co. Tipperary
0504 22253
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