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Ballinrobe Racecourse

Published on: 08/08/2016

Ballinrobe Racecourse is the only one of its kind in County Mayo, Ireland and one of only four in Connaught. The duel-purpose track is open all throughout the year, during which nine race flat and jump meetings take place. The right-handed oval track is slightly raised and offers a run of two-and-a-half furlongs. The track includes six fences and four hurdles for the National Hunt races.

Ballinrobe Racecourse first held meetings in 1773, and records show a steeplechase took place around 1834. During the 18th century, horse racing events were organised in many different places throughout County Mayo, however Ballinrobe has managed to remain active and is one of Ireland’s oldest courses. The course has been on its current site since 1921, and has stabling for 108 horses.

Although Ballinrobe Racecourse does not host Graded races, it has hosted many elite horse and racing events. In 1993, an Irish thoroughbred horse called Doran Pride won his first race at Ballinrobe.

In 2003, another notable thoroughbred horse called Traverse won his first Irish race at the course. Within the same year Traverse starred in “Only Fools Buy Horses” which was a highly-rated Irish television series. In 2012, Ballinrobe won the “Irish Racecourse of the Year.”

Flat, hurdle and steeplechase events are all scheduled into the racing calendar at Ballinrobe. Festivals are organised during the summer months of June and July and the racing season wraps up with September’s finale.

Ballinrobe Racecourse offers an exceptional view of the track but also offers a picturesque outlook over an ancient Ring Fort and the Partry Mountains of Lough Carra. Having undergone extensive improvements in recent years, Ballinrobe now offers a modern grandstand, bars, restaurants and ice-cream outlet. The Grandstand and the Tote Hall are now under one roof thanks to the new Mask Pavilion.

Published on: 08/08/2016 © Bet Bind
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