Bellewstown Races – Bet Online!

It’s going to be a busy Saturday in Ireland, where there are a brace of meetings taking place. In addition to the card at Naas, there’s a further 7 races at Bellewstown. The feature race is the Bellewstown Handicap Hurdle, featuring the likes of Rendezvous Peak, Timiyan and Jessica Harrington’s Light That.

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Racing At Bellewstown

Bellewstown is one of the lesser-known courses in the Republic of Ireland. It is located in County Meath, on the Hill of Crockafotha. Bellewstown enjoys a perfect rural setting and is close to both the Irish Sea and the Mountains of Mourne.

Both flat and National Hunt racing take place here. The track is oval-shaped, runs left-handed and has bends that are sharper than you will find at most other courses in Ireland. The circumference of the course is 1m 1f. There is a 3-furlong straight with a punishing uphill finish.


There are five days of racing that take place here, each summer. These are split into 2 different meetings. There is a 3-day July Festival and a 2-day August Festival.


Documents exist to prove that racing was taking place here almost 300 years ago. The old track used to have a cricket pitch at it’s core and the course was very-much the centre of sporting activity in the Boyne River Valley. In 1780, King George III decided to sponsor a race at Bellewstown. The ‘His Majesty’s Plate’ race offered a prize of £100 – an enormous sum of money, at that time.

Betting Coups

The course gained notoriety, after an unfortunate incident (for bookmakers, at least!) in the mid-1970s. They fell victim to a scam known as the Yellow Sam Betting Coup. A horse called Yellow Sam was under-handicapped to a ridiculous degree and the mistake was seized upon by a man named Barney Curley, who was a sharp entrepreneur and a professional gambler to boot.

Curley spotted a fundamental weakness, in that there were poor communications between on-course and off-course bookies. Before the bookies had time to realise what was going on, Curley had pocketed over 300,000 Irish pounds, after Yellow Sam romped home!


Bellewstown is a very popular venue and both of the summer festivals are well-attended. They always have a party atmosphere with lots of drinking, dancing and entertainment. They also have corporate hospitality and can cater for up to 400 guests.

This is a great little course and well worth the visit. RaceBets offer betting markets for all Bellewstown races, so why not create an account today and bet online? We offer a great welcome bonus and a huge range of great promotional offers on Irish and UK races.

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