Ireland Racecourse Guides
Horse racing is the most popular sport in Ireland. Many of the world's finest horse racing trainers are based in Ireland, including the great Willie Mullins and the head of Ballydoyle, Aidan O'Brien.
National Hunt racing, flat racing and all-weather racing takes place throughout the year in Ireland. The main jumps season runs between November and April. Flat racing takes centre stage between May and October, with all-weather action taking place at Dundalk races throughout the calendar year.
On this page, you'll find our guides to all the Irish racecourses, including track history and characteristics, draw bias info, and vital trainer and jockey statistics.
Given the deep connection between horse racing and Ireland, it's no surprise to see that many of the sport's most historic venues can be found on the Emerald Isle.
The oldest racecourse in Ireland is Downpatrick, which first opened their gates in 1685. The home of Irish flat racing, The Curragh staged its first race in 1727, with Leopardstown and Punchestown opening in the mid-1800s.
All racetracks have different characteristics. Some horses are better suited to flat tracks, while more balanced individuals may do their best work on an undulating course.
The Curragh only stages flat racing, while Punchestown is used solely for National Hunt racing. Leopardstown, Naas and Cork are three of several racecourses in Ireland that host both jumps and flat racing action.
When it comes to flat racing, the draw is massively influential. Leopardstown's flat track is very tight, so it can pay to be drawn low, especially for horses who like to be ridden prominently. Even on flat tracks like the Curragh, getting a good draw can be crucial.
Irish Racing Tips
Horse racing takes place throughout the calendar year in Ireland. Racing TV owns the exclusive rights to all Irish horses racing in the UK. ITV Racing picks up certain races during the major Irish meetings.
Ireland Horse Racing Live Stream
The ideal place to watch horse racing would be on your television, in the comfort of your own home. Sometimes, that isn't possible. Our busy lives often get in the way, and we have to watch horse racing on the go.
Visit the horse racing live streaming page on our website to find out how you can stream Ireland racing live today.