Racing

Ireland's thriving horse racing industry is home to some of the world's most prestigious races and most successful horses, trainers and jockeys.

There are twenty-six unique racecourses in Ireland, spread throughout the country. Races are primarily run on turf, with one floodlit all-weather at Dundalk racecourse.

The turf Flat season runs from March until November and there is a Flat winter championship staged at Dundalk. National Hunt racing, more commonly known as Jump racing, takes place all year round but its main season runs from November to April.

Flat racing is run over distances ranging from 5 furlongs (1000 metres) to 18 furlongs (3600 metres) and Jump racing is run over distances ranging from 16 furlongs (3200 metres) to 33 furlongs (6600 metres).

Some of the world’s most prestigious and valuable Group 1 races are staged in Ireland, including Irish Champions Weekend, Irish Derby, 1000 and 2000 Guineas, The Oaks and Irish St. Leger. Ireland is famous for its world class racing festivals such as Galway and Punchestown, which attract crowds of almost 100,000 people to each.

  • Point-to-Point racing

    Brief history of point-to-pointing in Ireland

  • Racecourses

    A map containing information on Ireland’s twenty-six racecourses

  • Fixture list

    Upcoming races taking place all over Ireland.