Downpatrick Racecourse

As the name suggests, the Downpatrick Racecourse is located in the town of Downpatrick, County Down, Ireland. Being one of two historical racecourses in Northern Ireland, the Downpatrick Racecourse finds its origins in 1685 when the very first race meeting was held there, however, the location of this race was in fact, a few miles away from where the course is situated today. The current course has been home to horse races for the last 200 years.
The Downpatrick racecourse, being located in Northern Ireland, would be presumed to be part of the British Horseracing Authority, however, due to its geographical location, the course comes under the HRI.
Whilst the course used to feature a flat racing track, this was terminated some years ago and today the course is only home to National Hunt racing, with the Ulster National Handicap the most prominent race held here. This race takes place over a distance of around three miles.
The racecourse is a right-handed track and has a total distance of around 11 furlongs and is famed for its narrowness and the uneven, tricky nature of the course for both jockeys and horses alike.
The racecourse has an enormous local following and is a treasured asset to the local community, who regularly hold fundraisers in aid of the racetrack. The course is known for how friendly the staff and locals can be and is loved as a place for both avid race lovers and families alike.

Where is Downpatrick Racecourse?

The Downpatrick racecourse is situated in the town of Downpatrick in County Down, Northern Ireland on Ballyduggen road. This location can be easily accessed from Belfast by taking the M1, A24, and A25 to the south. For other locations around Ireland, directions can be found on the Downpatrick official website.
For those who prefer to use public transport, the racecourse can be accessed by bus. Located just half a mile away from the Downpatrick bus station, the racecourse is within walking distance of the station. Of course, a taxi can also be called from the bus station should you so desire. The service operating out of this bus station is Ulsterbus and they provide an online journey planner to ensure that your trip is easy and effective. You can also telephone them for further details.
There is not a train station more than 20 miles away from the racecourse, at Lisburn and so train travel is not advisable for this particular course.
If you are traveling by air, the nearest airport is located in Belfast, from where you can find good transport links to the racecourse.

What is the highest attendance at Downpatrick Racecourse?

A new grandstand was recently built at the Downpatrick Racecourse which has a capacity of 1500 and can often be seen filled, especially on events such as ladies’ day.
The attendance is such due to not only the races taking place but also because of the plentiful supply of food and drink outlets within the racecourse grounds.

How do I bet on horses at Downpatrick Racecourse?

On arriving at the Downpatrick Racecourse, you can head over to the hospitality area where you will find a variety of different bookmakers in the Tote facility. You can also access a separate bookmaker within the grandstand which is independent of the course itself. For those who wish to have full information on each horse, before placing a bet, racecards can be brought onsite which contains all the necessary information on each participant within the race.
You may prefer to use a betting site such as which is a great place to start your betting journey. Websites like these offer full and detailed information on betting odds as well as offering results for races that have already been run. The website offers users the chance to partake in free bets by signing up for various online bookmakers as well as giving tips for betting.
Once you are confident in your bet, you can then head over to your preferred bookmakers’ website, or mobile app to place your bet. All the relevant information will be given on the website, making it easy and quick to place your bet so that you can get on with watching the race.

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