About Navan Racecourse
Navan Racecourse is a racecourse near the small county town of Navan, County Meath; Ireland. It has a population of around 32,000 which makes it the 5th largest town in Ireland. While this does help the racecourse draw in large crowds, it’s maybe not the main reason. That would probably be the fact that it’s also just 48 km Northwest of Dublin. So in reality, Navan racecourse is accessible to millions.
There are two forms of racing offered at Navan Racecourse; flat and hunt racing. However, this venue mostly sees national hunt racing events. The horses run on a turf track which has a distance of one and a half miles. Navan is also a left-handed track with wide sweeping bends, ending with an uphill sprint of two furlongs.
Navan Racecourse is home to a couple of notable races throughout the year. As with many national hunt races – these primarily take place during the winter months. There are two famous flat races which take place every year at Navan Racecourse though. These take place at the end of April and the beginning of May. Interestingly, this is primarily when the season at Navan Racecourse comes to an end.
These events at Navan offer a nice blend of both chase and hurdle races. Typically, these take place at grade two or three. The biggest race of the year, however, is the Navan Novice Hurdle. The NNH is a grade one race ran over a distance of two miles and four furlongs. You’ll find this marked on the calendar every year in December; and despite the time of year, it still ends up as the most attended meeting at Navan Racecourse.
Overall Navan Racecourse has a lot to offer horse racing fans looking for a day out. There are top-notch facilities, fantastic national hunt racing. Plus, it’s close to Dublin, meaning access to the venue is easy!