About Down Royal Racecourse

Down Royal Racecourse is a racing venue which resides on the outskirts of Lisburn, and just a short distance from the capital of Northern Ireland; Belfast. This is one of the most prestigious horse racing tracks in Northern Ireland and hosts a handful of prestigious races throughout the season.

As for the course itself: Down Royal Racecourse is an undulating course of one mile seven furlongs. That is to say; the track oscillates in a wave-like fashion and finishes with an uphill sprint. Like most others, Down Royal Racecourse is a right-handed course as well.

Notable races

The most important month of the season for Down Royal Racecourse is in November. This is when the Northern Ireland Festival of racing takes place each year. This is also where their most important races of the season take home too. During this festival, there are four primary races which will take place. These are the Down Royal Mares Novice Hurdle; the WKD Hurdle, the JNwine.com Champion Chase; and the Skymas Chase. These races are a mixture of grade one, two, and three races run at distances which vary between two and three miles. These four races will either be a hurdle or chase races too.

The most prestigious flat race which takes place at Down Royal Racecourse is the Ulster Derby. This is a flat handicap race which takes place in June. The age restriction for horses in this race is three years old, and the distance is just short of one mile five furlongs.

Overall if you’re looking for a horse racing event to go to in Northern Ireland; Down Royal Racecourse is your safest bet. The most crucial time of the year is in November during the Northern Ireland Festival of Racing – however, there’s plenty of top-end races to be found throughout the season.

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