Down Royal Racecourse, Lisburn

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Down Royal Racecourse is a horse racing venue near Lisburn in Northern Ireland. The most valuable race run there is the Ladbrokes Champion Chase, run at the Northern Ireland Festival of racing in November. The most valuable flat race to be run there annually is the Ulster Derby.

Racing has been

taking place on the current course, at Maze near Lisburn, since, the early 18th

Century on land donated by Arthur Hill, 1st Marquess of Downshire, but the

history of Down Royal goes further back to 1685 when King James II issued a

Royal Charter and formed the Down Royal Corporation of Horse Breeders. In 1750

King George II donated £100 to run King's Plate and to the present day a race

named Her Majestys Plate is run in July over 1 mile 5 furlongs with the prize money contributed to by the Privy Purse.

Although actually in the United Kingdom, racing at Down Royal comes under the authority of Horse Racing Ireland as horse-racing in the British Isles is divided on a Great Britain / All-Ireland basis.

In October 2018 a dispute arose between the owners, Merrion Property Group, and the track operators, Down Royal Corporation of Horse Breeders. The Corporation announced that it would cease operations at the end of 2018 while Merrion, stated that they would run the course from 1 January 2019. Some reports suggested that the course would close. In January 2019 the operation of the course passed to Merrion Property Group.
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  • Fantastic little course in lovely location, can not fault the place and would easily recommend it to anyone who enjoys racing.  more »
  • I think the facilities could be improved. We spent your time in the wine bar however the toilets for this area consisted of portaloos/cabins. There was a large crowd present for the race meeting.....  more »
  • Fantastic race course. Always have a good day out here. A well kept course, not too expensive, lots of bar staff, plenty of toilet facilities, good range of food options and good viewing points with large screens. Any fan of racing should visit. Better than a lot other courses.
  • Great family day out if you like horses lots of parking. Dress to impress or dress for the weather anything goes.
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