Tramore Course Guide

Tramore is a seaside town located 12km west of Waterford and racing has taken place at the current track since 1912. It plays host to 11 meetings of both Flat and National Hunt action over the course of the year. One of the highlights of their programme is their four-day August Festival which has become a very popular meeting for racegoers both from home and abroad. Another notable fixture is the New Year’s Day meeting which features the Listed Holden Plant Rentals Chase.


A right-handed, undulating, round track that is about seven and a half furlongs in length. Many of the turns are sharp and it is a track that many horses patently fail to act around. The straight is a little over a furlong in length and is on an incline.

This is definitely a specialist track! It’s very tight and unusual in character, with a stiff uphill finish in the straight. A horse needs to be very balanced to handle it well, which is why the same horses tend to come back there and do well again and again. On softer ground, horses can come from off the pace, but when it’s quick, pace is everything and it’s hard to make up ground. They never race out of starting stalls at Tramore and that can cause problems for flat horses that aren’t used to flag starts.

View from the saddle: Mick Kinane

An undulating, right-handed, round track only about seven furlongs in extent. The turns are sharp and although sections of the course are on the climb it very much favours the handy type of horse. There are five fences to a circuit of the chase course with a long downhill run to the second last which is situated just before the short, uphill home straight. The run-in is around 160 yards.

Probably the trickiest track to ride in the country. It pays to take your time on the downhill section after climbing up the hill the on turn away from the stands. It definitely produces course specialists both in terms of horses and riders. In terms of a jockey, they need to be brave with a brain as well. The fences there have always been soft, but they need to be around a track like this!

View from the saddle: Charlie Swan
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Last Update: 22/01/2021 17:00x

12:20 David Flynn Construction Maiden Hurdle
2m | 5YO plus | 12 ran
  • Winner: Mr Coldstone 8/1
  • Jockey: P Townend Trainer: W P Mullins
  • Owner: David Bobbett
12:52 Core Bullion Traders Handicap Hurdle
2m | 4YO plus | 11 ran
  • Winner: Shakeytry 7/2 Fav
  • Jockey: P T Enright Trainer: E J O'Grady
  • Owner: Glebeland Farm Partnership
13:27 Goodbye 2020 Hello 2021 Maiden Hurdle
2m 5f | 5YO plus | 7 ran
  • Winner: Minella Escape 2/1 2Fav
  • Jockey: Rachael Blackmore Trainer: H de Bromhead
  • Owner: Alan Halsall
14:02 Tramore Medical Clinic Handicap Hurdle
2m 5f | 4YO plus | 12 ran
  • Winner: Lessofdnegativity 10/1
  • Jockey: D J O'Keeffe Trainer: A J McNamara
  • Owner: Michael Fay & Henry Lappin
14:37 Savills New Year's Day Chase
Grade 3
2m 5½f | Class 1 | 5YO plus | 5 ran
  • Winner: Al Boum Photo 2/9 Fav
  • Jockey: P Townend Trainer: W P Mullins
  • Owner: Mrs J Donnelly
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1m 7½f | 5YO plus | 12 ran
  • Winner: Itsalonglongroad 7/2 2Fav
  • Jockey: S D Torrens Trainer: J C McConnell
  • Owner: Planetary Orbit Syndicate
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2m 5½f | 5YO plus | 11 ran
  • Winner: Whoyakodding 14/1
  • Jockey: J P O'Sullivan Trainer: G Ahern
  • Owner: Mrs Marie Gubbins

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Wexford & Tramore Racecourse
Graun Hill
Co. Waterford
051 381 425
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