About Dundalk Racecourse
Dundalk Racecourse is in the county town of Dundalk, which lies just South of the Irish border. Dundalk Racecourse is a pretty impressive track in that it hosts both horse and greyhound racing on its venue. This makes it an excellent location for fans of both types of racing.
The track at Dundalk Racecourse is a relatively short one, only distancing two kilometres total. Unusually, this is a left-handed oval track with the entirety of the course being floodlit. Dundalk also comes with a polytrack surface which makes it an all-weather track for horses to race on. Because of this, racing is going on at Dundalk Racecourse throughout the year. Dundalk Racecourse had a turf track previously, which got used for national hunt events. Unfortunately, this part of the racecourse closed in 2001.
There are two notable races which take place at Dundalk Racecourse throughout the season. The first is the Patton Stakes; a sprint race which takes place in April and has a distance of seven furlongs. The Patton Stakes is for horses three years of age. Perhaps the more notable race of the two, however, is the Diamond Stakes which takes place in October. This is a group three race which takes place at just over one mile two furlongs.
Dundalk Racecourse is better known in the greyhound racing circuit than it is in the horse racing one. This is because it holds the Dundalk International every year. This is one of the wealthiest one-off races in the Irish greyhound racing calendar with a €20,000 top prize.
All in all Dundalk Racecourse is safely one of Ireland’s premier racecourses. Not only does it host a few notable races; it’s got a fantastic reputation in greyhound racing too!