Roscommon Racecourse

Welcome to our guide to Roscommon Racecourse guide.

Roscommon Racecourse, located in the midlands of Ireland, has been home to horseracing since 1885 and remains a popular venue for both flat and jumps racing. It has enjoyed several rounds of investment for facilities improvements in recent years and so regularly benefits from attracting sell-out crowds to its events through May to September annually.

We explore this Irish racecourse in detail, looking at its history, a guide to the track, hotel picks, fixtures, travel information, betting guides and even the weather.

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Roscommon Races

Overview of Roscommon Races

Both a flat and jumps track, Roscommon Racecourse sees action from May to September with a calendar of nine events.

The track at Roscommon Racecourse is right-handed; oval for flat racing and rectangular for National Hunt.

Roscommon Racecourse has benefited from considerable investment in the last few years. Improvements and upgrades to the facilities at the course include new stables, new bars and hospitality amenities and new entrance turnstiles. The most recent refurbishment has seen the weighing room fully demolished and replaced, with works completed in 2019.

There are three bars and various hospitality areas throughout the venue, as well as an impressive private area for Owners and Trainers; fully wheelchair accessible.

Roscommon Racecourse has 98 stables and 2 veterinary stables alongside 10 wash bays for grooms to wash down horses after races.

The whole Stable Yard was resurfaced in 2008 and the amenities it presents are very competitive and favoured amongst the equestrian community.

Roscommon Racecourse History

Roscommon Racecourse can boast documented horseracing back to 1837, where the British Military held events nearby to their local base.

Racing officially began at the site in 1885, but paused between 1936 – 1948 for World War II.

When it resumed, events went from strength to strength and the calendar has continued to build to the nine race level it’s at today.

Throughout the years since, Roscommon Racecourse has seen many prestigious horses race before they go on to really make a name for themselves.

In 2011, Wrote managed third at Roscommon but within a year had claimed the Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf at Churchill Downs.

In 2008, Again made her debut at Roscommon before going on to win the Moyglare Grade 1 race and to become the country’s highest rated 2-year-old filly, winning the Irish 1000 Guineas the year after.

Other big names include Mouramara; who went on to win the Prix Royallieu just two meetings later, and Panama Hat; who won the Lenebane Stakes, came second in the American St Leger Grade 1 race.

Roscommon Racecourse Map

There are two courses at Roscommon, the flat and the national course.

Roscommon Flat Course

Below is a map of the Roscommon flat course:

Roscommon Racecourse Flat Course

Measuring approximately a mile and a quarter in extent, the run-in is three and a half furlongs and the course is generally flat; although the home straight is a little undulating.

The turns on the track are sharp but essentially fair. The course favours a handier horse,

Roscommon Jumps Track

Below is a map of the Roscommon national track:

Roscommon Racecourse Jumps Map

For jumps racing, there are five easy fences to a circuit with a run-in of just over 200 yards.

Main Races and Events at Roscommon Racecourse

The highlight of the racing calendar at Roscommon Racecourse is the National Hunt Grade 3 Kilbegnet Novice Chase, held every September. Open to horses aged four years or over, it is run over two miles and half a furlong, and often dominated by trainer Henry de Bromhead; who has won four times.

Roscommon Racecourse Address

The ways to get to Roscommon Racecourse are:

Roscommon Racecourse
County Roscommon
F42 V052

How To Get To Roscommon Racecourse

The ways to get to Roscommon racecourse are:

  • By road – Roscommon Racecourse is located less than 1km north-west of Roscommon town centre and with free parking on-site is easily accessed by road. It’s about a 90 min drive from Galway, 3 hours from Cork, 2 hours from Dublin and 3 hours from Belfast.
  • By bus – bus services running past the racecourse include the 433 from Galway and the 440 from Westport.
  • By train – Roscommon Town train station is about 2km away and is served by regular services on the Dublin to Westport line.
  • By air – the nearest airport is Ireland West Airport, Knock, about an hour away – with plenty of routes serving the UK and further afield.

Hotels near Roscommon Racecourse

There are a few overnight accommodation options in Roscommon town centre. Gleeson’s Roscommon on Market Square is a three-star hotel in a 19th-century townhouse, Hannon’s Hotel is a straightforward budget option, the Abbey Hotel is a luxury turreted country house spa hotel, and Armcashel is a laidback family-run B&B.

A little further afield in the small towns and villages surrounding Roscommon are plenty of hotels and accommodation choices for those visiting. A range of hotels, guesthouses, B&Bs and holiday homes can be found around Athlone, Ballinsloe, Banagher, Eyrecourt, Killtoon and Wineport. Check out these great Roscommon hotel deals:

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Betting Shops Local to Roscommon Racecourse

There are several choices for betting on-site at Roscommon Racecourse.

There’s a whole Tote building for those who fancy a flutter – with both kiosks and automated betting machines – and room for up to 60 independent bookmakers trackside.

A branch of Boylesports can also be found on-site at the venue.

Free WiFi is available to all visitors at Roscommon Racecourse and so those wishing to bet online can do so using their own devices during their stay.

Roscommon town centre has a single branch of BoyleSports but there are also other branches in surrounding towns. A branch of BoyleSports can also be found in nearby Ballaghadereen as well as a branch of BoyleSports and one of Paddy Power in Carrick-On-Shannon.

The County of Roscommon is fairly rural and so mobile signal can be patchy when travelling through this area – visitors are therefore advised that if they prefer to bet online to do so when they have a decent WiFi connection rather than placing their bet when on the move.

Best Roscommon Betting Sites

At British Racecourses we often recommend betting online and via apps. This is because you can often get the best odds, great offers when signing up and you can place bets quickly and safely without having to queue.

If you are looking to bet online we recommend the following great deals for new customers from the list of online bookmakers:

  • bet365 Horse Racing

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  • Betfred Horse Racing

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    New UK customers only. Register using the promo code BETFRED60, deposit and place first bet of £10+ on Sports (cumulative Evens+) within 7 days of registration. First bet must be on Sports. £20 in Free Bets to be used on Sports, £10 in Free Bets to be used on Lotto and 50 Free Spins (20p per spin) credited within 10 hours of bet settlement. Further £20 in Free Bets credited 5 days after settlement. Bonuses have a 7-day expiry. Payment restrictions apply. SMS verification and/or Proof of I.D and address may be required.

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  • William Hill Horse Racing

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  • Betfair Horse Racing

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  • Spreadex Betting App

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  • Paddy Power Horse Racing

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  • BoyleSports Horse Racing

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    BoyleSports is legitimate market-leading Irish bookmaker with amazing sign up bonuses for new customers.

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  • BetUK Horse Racing

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  • 888 Horse Racing

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    Regularly voted one of the UK’s best bookies and betting sites, we love the easy-to-use website, best odds, live streaming and variety of sports offered.

    Min deposit £/€/$10 • A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £/€/$10 • Min odds 1/2 (1.50) • Free Bets are credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days • Free Bet stakes are not included in returns • Casino Bonus must be claimed within 7 days, wins are capped at £/€/$500 • To withdraw bonus/related wins, you must wager the bonus amount up to 40 times its value within 14 days • Casino Bonus expires after 60 days • Casino Bonus can be used on selected games in casino only • Restrictions apply to withdrawals, payment methods & countries.

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  • Ladbrokes Horse Racing

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  • BetVictor Horse Racing

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  • Unibet Horse Racing

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    One of the more new horse racing betting sites UK-wide, Unibet is gathering a lot of new punters and fans, who enjoy its easy-to-use website.

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  • Coral Horse Racing

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    Coral is one of the most established and oldest of all UK bookmakers. They have stood the test of time and are of the best online bookmakers you can choose from.

    18+ New UK+IRE Customers only. Certain deposit methods & bet types excl. Min first £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 to get 1x £20 free bets. Free bets available to use on selected sportsbook markets only. Free bets valid for 7 days, stake not returned. Restrictions apply. 

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  • Betfair Exchange

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    The Betfair Exchange allows customers to bet against each other rather than betting against a traditional bookmaker. The £50 free bet for exchange punters is a great sign up bonus.

    Max £20 refund on first bet. Bet must be placed in first 7 days of account opening. Payment restrictions apply for the promotion.

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  • Mr Play Sport

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  • Parimatch Horse Racing

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    One of the new horse racing betting sites around, Parimatch is also one of the best online bookies in the UK. Increasingly popular for all sports betting.

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  • Grosvenor Horse Racing

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  • Betway Horse Racing

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All of these made our list of the new horse racing betting sites.

Roscommon Racecourse Fixture 2022

Below are the upcoming fixtures for 2022:

  • Monday 9th May 2022
  • Monday 23rd May 2022
  • Tuesday 14th June 2022
  • Tuesday 28th June 2022
  • Tuesday 5th July 2022
  • Tuesday 2nd August 2022
  • Monday 15th August 2022
  • Monday 29th August 2022
  • Monday 26th September 2022

Roscommon Races 2023

Here is the horse racing calendar for Roscommon Races in 2023:

Date Day Track
08/05/2023 Monday Roscommon
22/05/2023 Monday Roscommon
12/06/2023 Monday Roscommon
04/07/2023 Tuesday Roscommon
10/07/2023 Monday Roscommon
08/08/2023 Tuesday Roscommon
22/08/2023 Tuesday Roscommon
04/09/2023 Monday Roscommon
25/09/2023 Monday Roscommon

Check out the full list of Horse Racing in Ireland 2022 fixture calendar.

Roscommon Weather

Below is the weather for Roscommon:


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Other Events at Roscommon Racecourse

In the Roscommon Racecourse’s flat racing schedule, the Listed Lenebane Stakes are extremely popular – not least because Panama Hat won in 2015 and attracted lots of attention to the event! The Lenebane Stakes are run every July over one mile, three furlongs and 175 yards, and takes place on Ladies Day every July.

While Roscommon Racecourse is a popular venue for both experienced and newbie racegoers, it is often possible to buy tickets last minute or on the door for race events – but it is always recommended to phone ahead to check for availability.

Roscommon Racecard and Roscommon Tips

The racecards for the Roscommon races are released the day before the races take places, find out where to view racecards here – tomorrow’s racecards and today’s racecards. In these you will get an advance look at all the runners and riders, some people like to do this and select their horses before getting to the track.

You can also of course purchase a racecard from the track which carries much of the same useful information.

Summary of Roscommon Racecourse

Roscommon is a busy and popular racecourse, hosting racing throughout the year over jumps and on the flat.

The track has good facilities and is frequented by locals, racing fans and families.

If you are looking for a trip to the races at any time of year Roscommon could be the one for you!

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