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Limerick Racecourse

Published on: 20/11/2016

Offering both National Hunt and Flat racing, the state-of the art Limerick Racecourse in Patrickswell, County Limerick, Ireland features some 18 events during its racing calendar. The racing takes place on the right-handed oval track of approximately nine furlongs with a two-furlong run in. The circuit has a total of eight fences. Important events include the March Dawn Run Mares Novice Chase and the Limerick E.B.F. Mares Novice Hurdle. October’s schedule includes the Furgus O’Toole Memorial Novice Hurdle. December sees the Greenmount Park Novice Chase and the Doran’s Pride Novice Hurdle.

Historical records show the first official events meetings were held at Limerick Racecourse in 1790. Throughout the next 200 years, half a dozen separate locations were used to provide Limerick with horse racing activity. Events for steeplechase, hurdle and flat races were organised at Greenpark, Lemonfield, Newcastle, Ballinacurra, Rathkeale and Bruff. Greenpark was the most successful venue and hosted race meetings for well over a century, finally closing in 1999.

Eventually, a new racecourse location was needed and the Greenmount Park area proved to be the ideal place. In 1996, 250 acres of land was acquired for the construction of the Limerick Racecourse we know today. The land had previously been used as a stud farm where local point-to-point meetings had been held for many years. Upon completion, Limerick Racecourse became the first new course to be constructed in Ireland in the last half a century.

Opened in 2001, Limerick Racecourse welcomed huge volumes of race goers keen to see the brand new facilities. The course was classed as a Category 1 racetrack thanks to its modern surfaces, covered Grandstand, high-spec parade ring, stables, bars, restaurants and offices. The property also offers ample space for car parking area plus an exhibition centre.

Limerick Racecourse is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s top horse racing establishments. It attracts a multitude of sponsors such as Ladbrokes and local jewellery company Keanes. One of the highlights of the racing calendar is the famous Munster National, part of October’s Ladies Day.

Other highlights at Limerick Racecourse include the Family Fun Day in April, along with the Hugh McMahon Memorial Novice Chase and the Kevin McManus Lister Bumper race. Summertime fixtures can be enjoyed with after-race barbecues and live music. Equally popular is the four-day Limerick Christmas Festival. Ticket prices vary upon the event chosen and children of 16 years of age and under can benefit from free entry. Punters Packages are available and offer various extras such as complimentary drinks and racecards. The Restaurant Packages offer a generous lunch and Tote facilities amongst other benefits. Limerick Racecourse also provides private suites, while the Panoramic Restaurant serves a gourmet menu. In addition, there is the Carvery Restaurant, a coffee house, plus numerous bars, fast food outlets and a self-service restaurant.

Published on: 20/11/2016 © Bet Bind