About Cork Racecourse

Cork Racecourse is one of the biggest racecourses in Ireland. Cork first opened its doors to racing in 1924. The track has the name Cork Racecourse; however, the course is 35km North of Cork and 64km from Limerick. It’s this sweet spot which guarantees the racecourse gets packed whenever race day arrives. While Cork Racecourse only opened in 1924, the track is close to Buttervant and Doneraile: the site which claims to be the location of the first steeplechase back in 1752.

Cork Racecourse is a right-handed course, with a distance of one and a half miles. The track also boasts a straight sprint which lasts a full five furlongs. As a result, short distance races tend to be the main attractions at this course.

Notable races

Cork Racecourse is in no shortage of notable races throughout the season. Almost every month of the season has an impressive race for fans to enjoy. These include flat, hurdle, and chase races. Perhaps the most notable of all the races at Cork Racecourse takes place in December. The race is the Hilly Way Chase which is a grade two chase which lasts a distance of two miles. The Willy-Hilly-Way event restricts hoses over four years of age and is the one event most fans have marked on their calendar.

Due to its location and the popularity; Cork Racecourse has made sure they have incredible facilities to match. These facilities include restaurants, coffee shops, bars, as well as a kids playing area. Not only is this the perfect location for a day out, but it’s also one which the entire family can enjoy too!

So if you’re looking for a place to have a great day out Cork Racecourse is a good shout. Otherwise, be sure to tune in for their big races – especially the Hilly Way Chase in December!

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