Dundalk Races - First All-Weather Floodlit Horse Track In Ireland

Dundalk races take place just to the north of Dundalk in County Louth. Horse racing has been staged here since 1889, and the racecourse is set in 159 acres. The venue also hosts greyhound racing throughout the year, becoming the first combined greyhound and horse facility in Ireland. It is also the first all-weather floodlit horse track in the country. This was opened in 2007, and it includes a new bookmakers’ ring, a parade ring, a stable yard for 130 horses, a weigh room, new ambulance and access roads, and an extension to the existing grandstand.

So, let’s take a look at the famous polytrack course at Dundalk Stadium. This is an oval-shaped, left-handed track that is approximately ten furlongs with a two and a half furlong run-in. This is a very fair track, and there are few hard luck stories, especially since the cutaway rail was introduced in 2013. It is worth noting that a low draw can be very advantageous here in races that are over seven furlongs because the bend comes up very quickly after the start and you don’t want to be caught too wide.

Notable Races Held At Dundalk Stadium

There are lots of great Dundalk races, but the highest class race is the Diamond Stakes. In 2009, this race was promoted to Group 3 status from Listed status. It takes place in October, and it is open to horses that are aged three years old and above. The race is run over one mile, two furlongs, and 150 yards, and no horse has won the race more than once. Recent winners include Panama Hat, Paris Hall, Declaration of War, Freedom, and Muhannak. Jim Bolger and Aidan O’Brien are two trainers that perform well in this race, both winning five times.

Another of the Dundalk races that is worth mentioning is the Patton Stakes. This race has only been running since 2013, and it is a Listed seven-furlong race that is open to thoroughbreds that are three years old only. It takes place in April every year, and recent winners include Convergence (2015), Prince Of All (2014), and Gale Force Ten (2013). If you want to experience Dundalk Stadium for yourself, you can expect modern facilities and plenty of entertainment. After every racing event, there are two hours of live music.