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Thurles Racecourse

Published on: 20/11/2016

Thurles Racecourse is a horse racing venue located in Thurles, County Tipperary, Ireland. Its undulating oval-shaped right-handed track covers a distance of one and a quarter miles, with a steep uphill finish. Each circuit features seven steeplechase fences and six flights of hurdles.

Notable races at Thurles include January’s Kinloch Brae Chase and Coolmore Mares Novice Chase; February’s Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle; and the John Meagher Memorial Chase in November. Thurles Racecourse stages some 11 fixtures from late October to late March. National Hunt racing dominates the racing calendar, although a small number of flat races are present. The Trinity College Library records show a three-day meeting at Thurles taking place as far back as June 1732. Surprisingly, the course was not purpose built and had to be developed gradually over time. Along with race track improvements, the venue’s facilities have been brought up to date and now meet the standards expected in the 21st century.

During the 19th century, the Molony family worked alongside a local committee to organise races at Thurles Racecourse. At the beginning of the 20th century, the committee handed over all of the running responsibilities to Pierce Molony, who arranged four fixtures each year in February, April, June and November. In those days, Thurles Racecourse had a limited amount of stables, so local neighbours often provided additional stabling.

Over the years, Thurles Racecourse has introduced more prestigious meetings into its racing calendar, such as the National Hunt fixture race known as the Kinloch Brae Chase which is still popular today. Other races include the Michael Purcell Memorial Hurdle, the Horse & Jockey Hotel Hurdle and the John Meagher Memorial Chase, to name just a few.

Each season, approximately 1,500 runners compete at Thurles Racecourse. Notable horses to have raced at the venue include Klairon Davis, Upmanship, Vintage Crop and Rule Supreme amongst many others.

Thurles Racecourse continuously develops and improves its facilities and today the course is classed as a Grade 2 venue where everybody can enjoy quality horse racing. Thurles is often referred to as “enthusiasts” course with its thrilling equine racing atmosphere and no-frills style.

The racecourse boasts excellent facilities and is surrounded by car parks. Both stands and the front lawn provide wonderful views over the whole racetrack. The Stand, which can be found in close proximity to the Stiles, features an upstairs bar and restaurant plus a Tote outlet. There are various refreshment options from the Draught Bar, Hot Beef Roll Counter, a self-service restaurant as well as a tea room.

Published on: 20/11/2016 © Bet Bind
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