Going racing is a rather unique experience and with 26 racecourses in Ireland to choose from, every taste is sure to be catered for. If horse racing at its best is what you are looking for, Ireland is certainly the place to find it. For so many years, Ireland has been a dominant force on the world's racing stage, enjoying fantastic success and indeed, punching well above its weight in terms of breeding and racing success.
But nothing compares to a day at the races in Ireland. With close to 360 race meetings annually, the racegoer is spoilt for choice. Every racecourse is different, offering an experience that is unique to Ireland. And the next big day out is just around the corner.
For many, nothing beats a day at the Curragh, Leopardstown or Punchestown, the atmosphere of the seven-day Galway festival or the end-of-summer extravaganza at Listowel. For others, in search of a more relaxing experience, it could be an afternoon or evening at beautiful Gowran Park or Killarney.
Irish racecourses are visited by over 1.3m people every year. It's easy to get involved, you never know who you might meet and whether you back a winner or not, it's long odds-on that you will have a day to remember.
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