Tramore Races – One Of The Most Intimate Racecourses In Ireland

Tramore races take place in County Waterford, and races have been going on in the area since 1785. However, back then races were staged on the beach, and they were held there until 1911. A year later, races started to take place at the track we all know and love today. Five million euros was invested into the racecourse to upgrade the facilities in 1997 when a consortium bought it. While it may be one of the smaller courses in Ireland, it is certainly one of the most loved, and the intimate stage makes Tramore Racecourse unique.

Tramore Racecourse stages both National Hunt racing and Flat racing throughout the year. The track is round, right-handed, and undulating, measuring at roughly seven and a half furlongs in length. Frustratingly for punters, this is a track that a lot of horses simply fail to act around, and one of the reasons for this is because the turns are sharp. It is a specialist track, and when placing a bet you are advised to look for horses that have won here before. In flat races, balance is very important, and so is pace especially when the ground is quick.

The Tramore August Racing Festival And Other Standout Races

What about Tramore races that take place on the jump course? This course favours handy types of horses despite the fact that there are sections of course on the rise and sharp turns. There are five fences on the chase course for horses to navigate. The second last is placed just before the uphill home straight, and there is a long run in to get to this fence. Most jockeys will agree that this is one of the trickiest tracks in the country. Like flat racing, Tramore jump races produce course specialists, and you need a clever yet brave jockey too.

At present, there are 11 meetings for you to enjoy throughout the year, and plenty of great Tramore races scheduled throughout. The standout meet is the four-day festival that takes place in August. This festival provides entertainment both on and off the track, and attracts racegoers from home and abroad. However, there are other notable races at different times of the year, including the Listed Holden Plant Rentals Chase on New Year’s Day. This is run over two miles, five furlongs, and 50 yards, and it is open to horses aged five years old and above.