Horse Racing

Irish Racing has a personality and atmosphere not found anywhere else in the world. This is especially true at the racing festivals which are the highlights of the racing season from Easter through to December. Ireland is noted for its horses and Wexford and indeed Kilmuckridge is proud to belong to the tradition of breeding good horses. “Marengo” - Napoleon’s horse was reputedly bred in Kilmuckridge. We are not quite sure how strongly this piece of local folk lore would stand up to historical investigation but there certainly was a tradition of foreign buyers coming to Wexford for horses.

Even still some of the walks we suggest pass through farms with horses grazing in the fields. A little closer to today, Brave Inca who won the Sun Alliance Cup in Cheltenham in 2005 was trained by Colm Murphy in Killenagh just outside Kilmuckridge.
 
A day at the races is great fun even if you are not a regular race goer and even more fun if you have a winner. The atmosphere, the expectation, the smell of bruised grass, the thunder of hooves, the snorting of the horses and the thrill of the chase make it an exciting experience.

In in your cottage or in your Guest Information Pack you will find a Racing a calendar for the closest race meetings.

Wexford Races

Despite being one the foremost racecourse in the South East, Wexford Race Couse is a relaxed and very friendly meeting.  Families are welcome and the Ivy Room on the course is a pleasant restaurant from you can view the races. There are several options for casual meals as well as several bars to celebrate or drown your sorrows.

Races are held from March to November and all meetings feature both Flat and National Hunt Races.

www.wexfordraces.ie

Gowran Park

Gowran Park is less than an hour from Wexford Beach Homes.  It is a very pretty drive over the Blackstairs Mountains into Kilkenny.  It vies with Wexford for the foremost course in the South East!!! It is set in a most picturesque location with lovely views over the Kilkenny countryside.  Like Wexford it is family friendly and has restaurants to make the day at the races a special occasion.

For the evening meetings in the summer, set out early and finish a day’s exploration in Kilkenny with the races in the evening.

www.gowranpark.ie

Leopardstown Race Course

Leopardstown Race Course in south Co Dublin is just over an hour away and very accessible for a large course. It is directly off the M50 is very well signed and has excellent parking facilities. Apart from the Curragh it is the foremost racecourse in the country - bigger and more formal course than Wexford or Gowran Park and perhaps a little more serious and not quite the family outing of the more local courses.

www.leopardstown .com

Point to Point Races

Point to Point races are a totally different type of race and are held in farmland and some of the jumps are over real hedges and ditches. The season is from October to June. Courses are usually over 3 miles and horses pass over the circuit twice. The courses can be gruelling and there are lots of spills and thrills.  You will have the chance to cheer your favourite a second time - if he makes it. 

Horses must be thoroughbreds and Point to Point races are very often the springboard for horses to go on to win famous races. A marquee usually provides refreshments.  The atmosphere is genial and friendly. Horses and race goers mingling together around the course.

It is a very Irish experience - the first Point to Point race was held in Ireland over 250 years ago and unlike Point to Point racing in England and Wales races here are for horses on the way up rather than horses on the way down.

Monksgrange one of the venues of the local Point to Point races is right in the heart of the Wexford countryside and was the home of Dawn Run who won the Cheltenham Championship Hurdle and the Cheltenham Gold cup in the 1980s. The Courses can be exposed even on sunny days so wrap up warmly.

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