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Tipperary Racecourse

Published on: 20/11/2016

Alongside Limerick Junction Railway Station one will find the horse racing venue known as Tipperary Racecourse. The course is easily accessible from the main Limerick-Waterford Road and only a couple of miles away from Tipperary Town. The Irish horse racing venue is home to top quality Flat and National Hunt racing, staging a dozen or so fixtures each year between April and October.

Highlights include the Fairy Bridge Stakes, Dolores Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle, the Concorde Stakes, the Tipperary Hurdle and the Like a Butterfly Novice Chase. It has a left-handed flat track covering a distance of one mile and two furlongs. The five furlong sprint track adjoins the onto the main track course at the beginning of the straight.

Early records show Tipperary races being held at Barronstown Course back in 1848. However, the first recording of a meeting at the Limerick Junction racetrack date back to 1916. The name of the track was changed from Limerick Junction to Tipperary in 1986.

Limerick Junction has welcomed lots of special horses over the years, as well as many highly talented jockeys. This is partly due to the fact that County Tipperary has a long tradition of equine activity, including the world’s largest thoroughbred horse breeding operation at Coolmore Stud. The track itself is ideal for quality racing over the jumps and on the flat.

Since the renaming of the course, Tipperary Racecourse has gained an outstanding reputation for attracting and developing young horses, enabling them to hone their skills leading to many becoming maiden winners. Notable horses such as Dylan Thomas, Yesterday, Heatseeker and Bushranger all won their maiden races at Tipperary Racecourse.

Most of Tipperary Racecourses meetings feature both Flat and National Hunt races. In 2003, the Tipperary Hurdle was introduced. Another important race is the Grade 3 Grimes Hurdle.

Tipperary Ladies Day along with its “Best Dressed Lady” competition in July is a very popular event. As is the end of season finale in October, when the country’s finest mixed meeting, featuring the Tipperary Hurdle and the Concorde Stakes, has been nicknamed “Super Sunday.” With regards to entrance fees - students and seniors benefit from discounts and children under the age of 18 years are given free entry. Other ticket prices vary depending on the fixture chosen.

The facilities at Tipperary Racecourse include dining packages which cater for large groups of people. The High Chaparral Room is an ideal area for holding social events and parties of all types. The room boasts far-reaching views over the Parade Ring towards the Silvermine Mountains. The self-service Restaurant serves a variety of food and drinks.

Located in the Tipperary Stand in front of the main turnstiles is the original Istabraq Bar which serves a snack and bar menu. The Istabraq Bar also houses the on-course betting shop called Hacketts plus a Tote counter. Overlooking the winning post one will find the Members Bar for snacks and beverages.

Published on: 20/11/2016 © Bet Bind