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
Future Fixtures
  • Thu 08 October 2020
  • Thu 22 October 2020
  • Thu 05 November 2020
  • Thu 19 November 2020
  • Thu 26 November 2020
  • Sun 20 December 2020
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Current Weather

Forecast: Cloudy
Temp: 14.9° - 19.8°
Rainfall: 0.01mm
Wind: 11.7 mph S

Light rain

Forecast: Light rain
Temp: 10.2° - 20.6°
Rainfall: 1.24mm
Wind: 7.8 mph W

Last Update: 06/08/2020 17:00

13:40 Adare Manor Opportunity Maiden Hurdle
2m | 5YO plus | 16 ran
  • Winner: Politesse 9/4 2Fav
  • Jockey: C J Orr Trainer: Mrs Fowler
  • Owner: P G Davies & Mrs A Frost & R H Fowler
14:10 BetVictor Hurdle
2m 6½f | 5YO plus | 9 ran
  • Winner: Jetz 3/1 2Fav
  • Jockey: R M Power Trainer: Mrs J Harrington
  • Owner: G McGrath
14:40 BetVictor Handicap Hurdle
2m 6½f | 4YO plus | 16 ran
  • Winner: My Newbrook Rose 20/1
  • Jockey: J M Moore Trainer: A Murray
  • Owner: John McGivney
15:10 Pierce Molony Memorial Novice Chase
Grade 3
2m 2f | Class 1 | 5YO plus | 9 ran
  • Winner: Zero Ten 3/1 2Fav
  • Jockey: D J Mullins Trainer: Emmet Mullins
  • Owner: Mrs A F Mee
15:40 Duggan Veterinary Handicap Chase
2m 4½f | 5YO plus | 16 ran
  • Winner: Well Joey 14/1
  • Jockey: D J O'Keeffe Trainer: P Stafford
  • Owner: Michael Keegan & Bennie Mulligan
16:10 Horse And Jockey Beginners Chase
2m 6f | 5YO plus | 11 ran
  • Winner: Thermistocles 9/1
  • Jockey: J J Slevin Trainer: Joseph P O'Brien
  • Owner: Miss Sarah O'Brien
Pro/Am | Flat Race
2m | 4YO only | 15 ran
  • Winner: Major Robinson 13/2
  • Jockey: Mr J J Codd Trainer: S R B Crawford
  • Owner: Steven Crawford

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Thurles Racecourse
Co. Tipperary
0504 22253
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