Downpatrick Racecourse, Downpatrick

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Downpatrick Racecourse, located one mile from the town of Downpatrick in County Down, is one of the two horse racing courses in Northern Ireland, (the other being Down Royal). The first race meeting at Downpatrick was held in 1685. Although Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom, horse racing is run on an All Ireland basis, so Downpatrick falls under the aegis of Horse Racing Ireland rather than the British Horseracing Authority.

The course now stages only National Hunt racing following the discontinuation of Flat Racing at the track. The feature race at the course is the Ulster National Handicap 'Chase run over a distance of about 3 miles 4 furlongs 110 yards.

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  • As a long-standing veteran to racing throughout Ireland I was pleased to see that downpatrick had pulled itself up by the bootstraps. The bar areas toilets and course had all been revamped to a good....  more »
  • Good experience for any (Like Myself) A 'Punter' ~ everyone is so friendly. One can simply get a 'Cup of Coffee', or a 'Meal' ~ whatever is needed / required ~ with no fuss! X  more »
  • The food was lovely and a perfect portion. The staff were very friendly, from the bar staff to the bouncer's. Great day out
  • Fantastic place to enjoy a special day in a private room with lunch. Great gift idea.
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