Quick Facts About Thurles

The earliest recording of race meetings in Thurles is 1732 when a three-day meeting was held there.

Famous horses to have run at Thurles in recent years include:
Klairon Davis: winner of the Arkle and Champion Chases at Cheltenham.
Native Upmanship: A standing dish at Thurles and a real favourite there, won the Kinloch Brae Chase 3 times in succession (2002-04). Also won the Grade 1 Melling Chase at Aintree twice.
Rule Supreme: he winner of the 2004 Grade 1 Sun Alliance Chase at Cheltenham and 2005 Grade 1 Hennessy Gold at Leopardstown.
Vintage Crop: Melbourne Cup winner. Won his debut here.

Thurles Revealed

Betting Ring At Thurles Proper dyed in the wool, quality jump racing to warm the cockles of your heart is what you will find on a jaunt to Thurles racecourse. Its Gaelic translation, as above, is stronghold and this course is certainly a fortress for action packed, quality jump racing, where it's very likely that you will see a future Cheltenham or Punchestown winner in action. The town of Thurles and the surrounding area is one of the best locations for country pursuits in Ireland, and has a populace that loves its sport, be it hunting, greyhounds or their favourite, horseracing.

And Thurles is an enthusiasts' course, nothing flashy or snazzy about it but it's all about the horses and when you are there you can't help but get caught up in that enthusiasm, that anticipation engendered by a novice hurdle or chase and the thought that one of these horses could be a future festival winner. The Grade 2 E50,000 Kinloch Brae Chase in late January/early February is the highlight of the year at the course and always attracts a top-class field. 

Course Characteristics

An undulating right-handed oval course of one mile and two furlongs with an uphill climb to the winning post.

How to Get There

By Road:
Thurles is 16 km north of Cashel, 48 km west of Kilkenny and 64 km east of Limerick.

By Rail:
There is a regular train service from Dublin (Heuston) and Cork to Thurles Station. There is a free minibus service from the station to the racecourse.

By Air:
Shannon (approx 80 km away) is the nearest airport. Helicopter landing at the course can be arranged in advance.


Adult: €15
OAPs & Students: €7
Children U14 : Free

Discount available for pre-booked groups of 20 or more.

Stands At Thurles

Refreshment Facilities

Self-service restaurant, several bars and a tea room.  

Corporate Facilities

Hospitality room which can cater for 50-100 people.

Après Racing

There are lots of equestrian activities to pursue in the area including hunting and pleasure riding. For golfers there is an excellent 18-hole course in Thurles.


Local Hotels
Horse and Jockey, Thurles  0504 44 192
Anner Hotel, Thurles 0504 21 799
Cashel Palace Hotel, Cashel 062 62 707
Dundrum House Hotel, Dundrum 062 71 116


Local Restauants
Inch House, Thurles 0504 51 348
Bella Notte, Thurles 0504 27 070
Chez Hans, Cashel 062 61 177
Jumbo Chinese, Thurles 0504 22 873


Local Pubs
Arch Bar, Thurles 0504 22 250
Eddie Joe’s, Templemore 0504 32 272

Upcoming Thurles Races

Thursday 25 Feb 2016
Thursday 24 Mar 2016
Thursday 20 Oct 2016
Thursday 03 Nov 2016
Thursday 24 Nov 2016
Thursday 01 Dec 2016
Sunday 18 Dec 2016

Racecourse Summary

Thurles Races

Thurles Racecourse, Thurles, Co. Tipperary
Tel: 0504 22 253
Fax: 0504 24 565

Gaelic: An Durlas Éire. Meaning-The Stronghold
Grade: Grade 2
Course Info: National Hunt & Flat
County: Tipperary
Location: Situated 1.5km west of Thurles town, 8km west of the main Cork-Dublin road

Proper dyed in the wool, quality jump racing to warm the cockles of your heart is what you will find on a jaunt to Thurles racecourse.