About Downpatrick Racecourse

Downpatrick Racecourse is one of only two racecourses in Northern Ireland. It’s also the smallest of the two by quite some margin. Downpatrick Racecourse is located just one mile from the town centre of Downpatrick, County Down. As a result, this means there is excellent transport for all fans looking to get to the track; whether that’s by bus, train, or car.

Downpatrick Racecourse also boasts that it’s one of the oldest racecourses in the world. The first race meeting here goes as far back as 1685, giving the course a rich history. National Hunt racing is the only horse racing you’ll find at Downpatrick Racecourse, which includes both steeple and chase racing. However, this is also the case for a large majority of racecourses in Ireland.

Just like its neighbour in Northern Ireland; Downpatrick Racecourse a course which has a wavy landscape. Again, this course ends with an uphill finish making it a tricky course to race on. The length of Downpatrick Racecourse is only one mile two furlongs, and that’s with a right-handed run too. Despite the short size Downpatrick Racecourse generally offers races which are upwards of three miles!

Notable races

Downpatrick Racecourse is one of Ireland’s smallest racecourses. As such, this means there aren’t too many prestigious races taking place here every season. The most notable race featured at Downpatrick Racecourse however is the Ulster National Handicap’ Chase run. This is a race over a distance of three miles four furlongs and is the race which draws the biggest crowds to this venue.

Due to its fantastic location, however; Downpatrick Racecourse finds itself busy throughout the year. It has state of the art facilities which make it an excellent destination for group gatherings, and has top bars and restaurants to match!

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