The first meeting of the new year at Dundalk takes place on Friday. There are 8 races on the card, beginning with a 5f sprint handicap at 4:55pm. The feature race is the Crossmaglen Handicap (7:00pm) and runners will include the likes of Song Of Love, Mainicin, Udogo and Zanjabeel.View Today’s Betting Markets Now!
Dundalk is unlike any other horse racing facility in Ireland. Not only is it the first venue to use an all-weather surface and floodlighting. It is the first course, in the world, to combine greyhound and horse racing.
The course is oval-shaped and ten furlongs in length. It has a five furlong sprint. The horses run left-handed on a synthetic polytrack surface. Dundalk is an impressive modern course with a new bookmakers’ ring, parade ring, stable yard and weighing-room.
Location, Location, Location!
Part of the reason that Dundalk has been so successful is it’s location. It is purposefully sited minutes away from the busy N1 road. Dublin is just an hour away and Belfast is even closer. International visitors also appreciate that it is just forty minutes from Dublin International Airport and one hour from Belfast International and Belfast City Airports.
If you want to arrive by rail, Dundalk is handily located midway on the Intercity line between Dublin and Belfast. As this is a high-speed line, you can get here from both cities in under an hour.
Many people now use Dundalk as a place to entertain friends or business clients. There are plenty of rooms for business meetings and conferences, as well as plentiful bars and places to eat. Dundalk has four private suites and all have great views of the restaurant and the racetrack. Despite extensive modernisation, the old stables block still stands, although the track has been repositioned.
Greyhound Racing At Dundalk
Greyhound racing has also been taking place at Dundalk for a considerable period of time. The first events were held between the wars, but dog racing ground to a sudden halt in the year 2000. There were fears that greyhound racing might never take place again, so it was met with a great deal of relief when a new course was built to replace the old Ramparts track. It is now regarded as a great course for gallopers, due to the wide bends.
Evening horse racing has proven to be a great success, both in Ireland and in the UK. Punters, especially those with full-time jobs, find that evening racing fits in much better with their own lifestyles. This has led to strong betting markets and competitive fields.
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