Fairyhouse Races

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There is no shortage of great Irish horseracing for fans of the sport. Among the many top courses is Fairyhouse which in addition to hosting the top steeplechase event in the country, the Irish Grand National, occupies a convenient location in County Meath, just a few miles from the capital city Dublin.

Free Horse Racing Tips, Click Here! Superb hospitality in modern facilities complements the outstanding Fairyhouse races and the course has a long and proud history in the sport, dating back to 1848 and as the home of the National since 1870. An important venue for various other attractions, Fairyhouse Racecourse is one of Ireland’s most treasured cultural and sporting landmarks.

While the close proximity to the nation’s capital certainly provides a convenient day trip for both casual and avid racegoers, it is the quality of the Fairyhouse races which most define the course. Regarded as fine and fair, it provides opportunities for the real superstars of racing to test their skills.

These have included Desert Orchid and L’Escargot, who trained at Fairyhouse prior to wining the Irish and Grand Nationals, beating legend Red Rum in the latter.

Additional public transport options from Dublin are laid on during the main events and everyone who attends can enjoy the outstanding hospitality on offer.

The track is right-handed at Fairyhouse Racecourse and covers a distance of 1 mile and 6.5 furlongs. Incorporated is a 2.5 furlong straight and incline to the finish.

The Easter Festival is the highlight event of the National Hunt season and runs for four days from Easter Sunday, with the Irish Grand National being staged on the Monday. Contested by horses at five years and over the chase is run over 3 miles and 5 furlongs, negotiating 23 fences in the process.

A huge cultural, sporting and social event, the Irish Grand National is the most valuable and prestigious National Hunt event in Ireland, attended and enjoyed by great numbers.
Fairyhouse Races, inside rail

The Winter Festival, held in November offers further opportunities to take in some Grade I Fairyhouse races, including the Hattons Grace Hurdle, and the Summer Festival contains evening meetings as popular for their social interaction and post-race entertainment as for the racing on show.

Admission for Fairyhouse races depends on the fixture. Groups of over 20 persons enjoy a 20% discount when booking in advance and the usual concessions for students and OAPs apply. Savings of up to 40% can be made by applying for annual membership. This grants admission to all 21 meetings as well as free parking and access to members' only areas of the ground. Members may also bring a guest to any four of the annual fixtures.

Fairyhouse Races, winner Standard admission options allow racegoers access to everything required for a great day at Fairyhouse races but for those looking for some fine dining in elegant environments in the classic raceday style there are comprehensive hospitality packages available.

One of these is the Summer Series package which comprises admission to the course, a table booked for the day within Bobbyjo Bistro, three-course meal, free glass of wine, and all live entertainment which commences after the last race.

The Bistro can cater for up to 300 persons. For numbers up to 200, there is the Arkle Room, which has preferred views over the Parade Ring and provides easy access to the first floor viewing area of the Jameson Stand.

Private boxes are also available for smaller groups of 12 for sit down dining and 20 with a buffet and there are numerous additional drinks and dining options found throughout the course.

Hospitality at the Races probably isn’t as expensive as you think! “Do it in style”, there's nothing nicer than being waited on during your day at the races!