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Naas Racecourse

Published on: 20/11/2016

The horse racing facility known as Naas Racecourse is situated just a mile away from the town centre of Naas, County Kildare, Ireland. It is easily accessible being only 18 miles from Dublin City. The course features a left-handed oval track with a long run-in and a difficult uphill finish which is suitable for National Hunt as well as flat racing. The venue’s racing calendar offers 16 race meetings per annum. Naas Racecourse hosts Grade 2 National Hunt races and a Group 3 flat race.

The town of Naas is traditionally referred to as the “Meeting Place of the Irish Kings”. It is generally thought that racing in the area began as far back as the middle ages when it was an important form of entertainment, accompanied by much revelry, eating and drinking. Naas Racecourse itself was created much more recently. In 1922, the Naas Races Company was initiated and a plan to provide a new racing facility for the County of Kildare was put into place. A few years later Naas Racecourse opened its doors for the first time.

Since then, Naas Racecourse has continued to grow and prosper. Many important meetings have been added to its racing calendar over the years. For example, the Johnstown Novice Hurdle. The National Hunt race is two miles long and features eight jump hurdles. The Listed race began in 1989, and by 2003, had become a Grade 2 event. Other Grade 2 events include the Slaney Novice Hurdle and the Naas Na Riogh Novice Chase. Naas Racecourse’s flat race program include the six-furlong Listed Fillies Sprint Stakes, launched in 2002. The Blue Wind Stakes is the only Group 3 three race on the venue’s calendar and was named after a spirited horse called Blue Wind. The horse was trained in Ireland and victorious over the Irish Oaks and the Epsom Oaks in the 1980s.

Many special horses have competed at Naas Racecourse, most notably: Mill House, Arkle, Imperial Call, Ragusa, Doran’s Pride, Go Native and Danoli. In addition, a number of talented jockeys and top-class trainers have enjoyed great success at the venue. Popular race dates include the Bank Holiday Family Days during the summer months, where there is always plenty of entertainment for kids including Go-Karting, clowns, bouncy castle, slides and face painting, along with a barbecue and live music for the adults. October’s, Birdcatcher Race Meeting includes Naas Racecourse Ladies Day with its Best Dressed Lady Award.

Naas Racecourse is undergoing a capital redevelopment scheme which entails the refurbishment of the Grandstand, relocation and improvement of the Carvery Restaurant, construction of a brand new curved modern building to include a ground floor public Sports Bar, and a first-floor owners and trainers bar and restaurant with a balcony. The Parade Ring and winners’ enclosure will also be remodelled.

Naas Racecourse boasts fantastic hospitality services. There are a total of 11 private suites and various group party packages available. Ticket prices vary depending on the fixture chosen. Children under the age of 18 or students below 26 years of age can enjoy free entry. The establishment does not command any particular dress code other than advising visitors to dress appropriately for the weather.

Published on: 20/11/2016 © Bet Bind