About Thurles Racecourse
Thurles Racecourse is a racecourse on the outer edges of Thurles; County Tipperary, Ireland. It is to the east of Limerick and Northwest of Waterford. Due to the proximity of these two Irish cities; Thurles racecourse sees plenty of visitors throughout the season. It’s also one of only a few racecourses in the entirety of Ireland offering national hunt racing events only.
Thurles Racecourse isn’t just one of Ireland’s oldest racecourses; it’s also one of the oldest venues in the entire world. Horse racing dates back here as far back as 1732. This was when the first festival took place, lasting a total of three days.
The track at Thurles racecourse many jockeys and trainers have come to love. The track is one and a quarter mile in length and runs right-handed. There are six sets of hurdles at Thurles along with seven steeplechase fences in each circuit. Common to Ireland, the ending of the races here finish with a steep uphill sprint.
Thurles Racecourse is home to a handful of notable races which are mainly during the winter months. There are four famous races in total at Thurles: two in January, one in February, and one in November. Three of these races are chase while the fourth is a hurdle race. Of these four races, however, there are two which hold more prestige than the others.
The first of those is the Coolmore Mares Novice Chase. A grade two race ran at a distance of two-mile four furlongs. This race requires that only male horses over the age of four can enter. The second of the two is the Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle. Again, a grade two race over two miles, four furlongs, except this time for horses five years or older. These two races take place in January and February respectively.