Irish Premier Handicap Horse Races

The Irish premier handicap races are high prize money races for racehorses in the handicap class.

Irish premier handicaps are the premium horse racing handicap events in Ireland. The Irish premier handicap racing events are a test for the best racehorses who are weighted depending on age and previous form. The weight allowance means horses with previous success carry a penalty for winning.

In our Irish premier handicap horse racing guide, we will list everything you need to know about the biggest and best premier handicap horse races in Ireland.

All Irish Premier Handicap Horse Races

Here is a list of all the premier handicap races in Ireland:

Race Name Racecourse Distance Age Month
Irish Lincolnshire Handicap Curragh 8f 4yo+ March
Mallow Handicap Cork 7f 4yo+ May
Ragusa Handicap Curragh 12f 4yo+ June
Spring Fillies Handicap Curragh 8f 3yo June
Rockingham Handicap Curragh 5f 3yo+ June
Nasrullah Handicap Navan 10f 4yo+ July
Royal County Handicap Navan 10f 3yo July
Blackwater Handicap Naas 8f 3yo July
Cork Derby Handicap Cork 12f 4yo+ July
SkyBet Race To The Ebor Handicap Curragh 14f 4yo+ July
Habitat Handicap Cork 8f 4yo+ July
Scurry Handicap Curragh 6f 3yo+ July
Summer Handicap Curragh 7f 3yo+ July
Derby Festival Handicap Curragh 8f 3yo July
Ulster Derby Handicap Down Royal 12f 3yo July
Guineas Festival Handicap Curragh 10f 4yo+ August
Junefest Handicap Curragh 5f 3yo August
Connacht (Q.R.) Handicap Galway 16f 4yo+ August
Galway Mile Handicap Galway 8f 3yo+ August
Guinness Handicap Galway 12f 3yo+ August
Ahonoora Handicap Galway 7f 3yo+ August
Doneraile Handicap Cork 5f 3yo+ August
Red God Handicap Dundalk 10f 3yo+ August
Kingdom Gold Cup Handicap Killarney 14f 3yo+ August
Naas Racecourse Business Club Handicap Naas 6f 3yo August
Irish Cambridgeshire Handicap Curragh 8f 3yo+ August
EBF Premier Nursery Handicap Navan 5f 2yo September
EBF Premier Nursery Handicap Cork 7f 2yo September
Petingo Handicap Leopardstown 12f 3yo+ September
Sovereign Path Handicap Leopardstown 7f 3yo+ September
Bold Lad Handicap Curragh 6f 3yo+ September
Northfields Handicap Curragh 10f 3yo+ September
Listowel Printing Works Handicap Listowel 12f 3yo+ September
EBF Premier Nursery Handicap Listowel 8f 2yo September
Joe McGrath Handicap Curragh 5f 3yo+ September
Irish Cesarewitch Handicap Curragh 16f 3yo+ October
Leopardstown October Handicap Leopardstown 12f 3yo+ October
Naas November Handicap Naas 14f 3yo+ November
Birdcatcher Premier Nursery Handicap Naas 6f 2yo November

Guide To All Premier Handicap Races in Ireland

Here is a guide to all the premier handicaps in Ireland:

Irish Lincolnshire Handicap

The Irish Lincolnshire is a Premier Handicap horse race run at the Curragh Racecourse over a 1-mile distance taking place at the start of the Flat season in March. The race is open to horses aged four years or older and attracts a competitive field of milers looking to win the first Irish Premier Handicap of the year.

For more information, check out our full guide to the Irish Lincolnshire Premier Handicap event.

Mallow Handicap

The Mallow Premier Handicap horse race is run at Cork Racecourse over 7 furlongs distance taking place in March. The race is open to horses aged four years or older.

For more information, check out our full guide to the Mallow Premier Handicap event.

Ragusa Handicap

The Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund ‘Ragusa’ is a Premier Handicap horse race run at the Curragh Racecourse over a 1-mile 4 furlongs distance in June. The race is open to horses aged four years or older.

For more information, check out our full guide to the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund event.

Spring Fillies Handicap

The Spring Fillies is a Premier Handicap horse race run at the Curragh Racecourse over a 1-mile distance in June. The race is open to horses aged three years old.

For more information, check out our full guide to the Spring Fillies event.

Rockingham Handicap

The Rockingham Handicap is a horse race run at the Curragh racecourse for horses aged 3 and over. This event occurs every year in June and is a distance of five furlongs.

For more information, check out our full guide to the Rockingham Handicap event.

Nasrullah Handicap

The Nasrullah Handicap is a horse event at Navan Racecourse for horses aged four and older. The fixture occurs each year in July and has a distance of 10 furlongs.

For more information, check out our full guide to the Nasrullah Handicap event.

Royal County Handicap

The Royal County Handicap is a race that occurs at the Navan Racecourse for horses aged 3 and over. The event takes place every year in July with a distance of 1o furlongs.

For more information, check out our full guide to the Royal County Handicap event.

Blackwater Handicap

The Blackwater Handicap is a race that occurs at the Naas Racecourse for horses aged 3. The event takes place every year in July with a distance of 1o furlongs.

For more information, check out our full guide to the Blackwater Handicap event.

Cork Derby Handicap

The Cork Derby Handicap is a race that occurs at the Cork Racecourse for horses aged 4 and above. The fixture takes place every year in July with a distance of twelve furlongs.

For more information, check out our full guide to the Cork Derby Handicap event.

SkyBet Race To The Ebor Handicap

The SkyBet Race To The Ebor Handicap is a race that takes place at the Curragh racecourse for horses aged four and over. The event takes place in July every year with a distance of 14 furlongs.

For more information, check out our full guide to the SkyBet Race To The Ebor Handicap event.

Habitat Handicap

The Habitat Handicap is an event at the Cork racecourse that occurs each year in July. The race is for horses aged four and older and is a distance of 8 furlongs.

For more information, check out our full guide to the Habitat Handicap event.

Scurry Handicap

The Scuffy Handicap is a race held at the Curragh Racecourse with a distance of 6 furlongs. It occurs each year in July for horses aged 3 and over.

For more information, check out our full guide to the Scuffy Handicap event.

Summer Handicap

The Summer Handicap is an event held at the Curragh Racecourse for aged 3 horses or older. The fixture takes place in July each year and has a distance of seven furlongs.

For more information, check out our full guide to the Summer Handicap event.

Derby Festival Handicap

The Derby Festival Handicap is a fixture on the Curragh Racecourse that takes place each July every year. This event is for horses aged three and has a distance of eight furlongs.

For more information, check out our full guide to the Derby Festival Handicap event.

Ulster Derby Handicap

The Ulster Derby is a three-year-old horse race in Northern Ireland with a flat handicap. It is held every year in June at Down Royal over a distance of 1 mile 4 furlongs and 150 yards (2,551 metres).

For more information, check out our full guide to the Ulster Derby event.

Guineas Festival Handicap

The Guineas Festival Handicap is an aged 3+ race in Ireland held at the Galway Racecourse. The event occurs in August each year and has a distance of 12 furlongs.

For more information, check out our full guide to the Guineas Festival Handicap.

Junefest Handicap

The Junefest Handicap is an event held in August at the Curragh Racecourse in Ireland. This fixture is for horses aged 3 and over and has a distance of 5 furlongs.

For more information, check out our full guide to the Junefest Handicap.

Connacht (Q.R.) Handicap

The Connacht (Q.R.) Handicap is a fixture held in August at the Galway Racecourse in Ireland. The event is for horses aged four and older and within a distance of 16 furlongs.

For more information, check out our full guide to the Connacht (Q.R.) Handicap event.

Galway Mile Handicap

The Galway Mile Handicap is a race that occurs in August each year at the Galway Racecourse. The fixture is for horses aged 3 and above and is 8 furlongs long.

For more information, check out our full guide to the Galway Mile Handicap event.

Guinness Handicap

The Guinness Handicap is a premier handicap race held at the Galway Racecourse in Ireland. This event is for horses aged 3 or over only and is 12 furlongs long. The fixture takes place every year in August.

For more information, check out our full guide to the Guinness Handicap event.

Ahonoora Handicap

The Ahonoora Handicap is a premier handicap event held in Ireland at the Galway Racecourse. The fixture is for horses aged three and over and is 7 furlongs long. This race is held in August each year.

For more information, check out our full guide to the Ahonoora Handicap event.

Doneraile Handicap

The Doneraile Handicap is a premier handicap race annually at Cork Racecourse in Ireland. The race is for horses aged three and up and lasts five furlongs. Every year in August, this race takes place.

For more information, check out our full guide to the Doneraile Handicap event.

Red God Handicap

The Red God Handicap, held annually at Dundalk Racecourse in Ireland, is a premier handicap event. The race lasts ten furlongs and is open to horses aged three and up. This race takes place every year in August.

For more information, check out our guide to the Red God Handicap event.

Kingdom Gold Cup Handicap

The Kingdom Gold Cup Handicap, held annually at Killarney Racecourse in Ireland, is a major handicap event. The event is 14 furlongs long and is open to horses aged three and up. This race is held every year in August.

For more information, check out our guide to the Kingdom Gold Cup Handicap event.

Naas Racecourse Business Club Handicap

The Naas Racecourse Business Club Handicap is a premier handicap event held at Naas Racecourse in Ireland every year. The event is for three-year-old horses and is six furlongs long. This race takes place every year in August.

For more information, check out our guide to the Naas Racecourse Business Club Handicap event.

Irish Cambridgeshire Handicap

The Irish Cambridgeshire Handicap is a premier handicap fixture held at the Curragh Racecourse in Ireland. The event is for horses over the age of three only and is eight furlongs long. This race occurs every year in August.

For more information, check out our guide to the Irish Cambridgeshire Handicap event.

Petingo Handicap

The Petingo Handicap is a major handicap race that takes place at Leopardstown Racecourse in Ireland. The race is twelve furlongs long and is only open to horses over the age of three. Every year in September, this race takes place.

For more information, check out our guide to the Petingo Handicap event.

Sovereign Path Handicap

The Leopardstown Racecourse in Ireland hosts the Sovereign Path Handicap, a major handicap race. The race is seven furlongs long and is only open to horses over the age of three. Every year in September, this race occurs.

For more information, check out our guide to the Sovereign Path Handicap event.

Bold Lad Handicap

The Bold Lad Handicap is a premier handicap racing event held in Ireland at the Curragh racecourse. This race is open to horses aged 3 and older and is 6 furlongs long.

For more information, check out our guide to the Bold Lad Handicap event.

Northfields Handicap

The Northfields Handicap is a major handicap race conducted at Ireland’s Curragh Racecourse. The race is limited for horses over the age of three and lasts 10 furlongs. Every year in September, this race takes place.

For more information, check out our guide to the Northfields Handicap event.

Listowel Printing Works Handicap

Listowel Printing Works Handicap is a Premier Handicap race contested over 1m 4f with racehorses three-year-old plus. Every year in September, this race takes place and the ground is usually on the softer side of good.

For more information, check out our guide to the Listowel Printing Works Handicap event.

Joe McGrath Handicap

The Joe McGrath Handicap is an event that is 5 furlongs long-held in Ireland at the Curragh racecourse. This race takes place every September and is open to horses aged three and above.

For more information, check out our guide to the Joe McGrath Handicap event.

Irish Cesarewitch Handicap

The Irish Cesarewitch Handicap is an event 16 furlongs long which is based in Ireland at the Curragh racecourse. The race takes place every October and is open to horses aged three and over.

For more information, check out our guide to the Irish Cesarewitch Handicap event.

Leopardstown October Handicap

The Leopardstown October Handicap is a race 12 furlongs long which is based at the Leopardstown racecourse in Ireland. The event occurs in October every year and is for horses aged 3 or over only.

For more information, check out our guide to the Leopardstown October Handicap event.

Naas November Handicap

The Naas November Handicap is a race 14 furlongs long for horses aged 3 and over. This event occurs every November at the Naas Racecourse in Ireland.

For more information, check out our guide to the Naas November Handicap event.

Birdcatcher Premier Nursery Handicap

The Birdcatcher Premier Nursery Handicap is a two-year-old race with a distance of six furlongs. The fixture is based at the Naas racecourse in Ireland and takes place every year in November.

For more information, check out our guide to the Birdcatcher Premier Nursery Handicap event.

Summary

The Irish premier handicap races are run over various distances varying from 5 furlongs up to 2-mile events.

If you enjoy racing in England be sure to check out all the UK Premier Handicap Horse Races.

Punters enjoy placing bets on the Irish Premier Handicaps because they are well-contested races that are hard to predict the winner.

Other popular horse racing events you might be interested in are:

Understanding handicaps in horse racing are vital for punters interested in horse racing betting. Horses in a race are allocated different weights (displayed on Irish racecards in stone and lbs) according to their official ratings (OR).

If punters can study the form and find racehorses who like the course, ground and think it will return to form for the premier handicap there are amazing odds to be wagered on with Premier Handicap races in Ireland.

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