• About Racecourse

    Ballinrobe Racecourse is ideally situated in a natural amphitheatre set before the picturesque vista of Lough Carra and boasts an exceptional view of every stride. It has all you could ask for in a country racecourse, beautiful setting, lively atmosphere, and the laid-back relaxed attitude that Ireland is famous for. With ten meetings in the summer, from April to September it is the ideal place to go to switch off and unwind. Ballinrobe is a racecourse that you will return to again and again. 

    With a history of horse racing stretching back more than 230 years, Ballinrobe Racecourse has long had its finger on the pulse of the Irish racing world. Horse Racing has been taking place at the present venue since 1921 and prior to that at other locations around the town, with Race meetings recorded as far back as 1774.

    Ballinrobe Racecourse was named ‘Racecourse of the Year’ in 2012 by the Irish Racegoers Consultative forum which highlights the strides it is making with ongoing development and improvement to provide racegoers with a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

    The racecourse is host to competitive Flat and National Hunt meetings. People might forget that it was at Ballinrobe that Tiger Roll had his first win over fences, back in May of 2016, in the McHale Fusion 3 Plus Beginners Steeplechase.  From 28 May 2019, the race has been renamed as the ‘McHale Tiger Roll Beginners’ Chase’.” Wicklow Brave, 2016 Irish St Leger winner, made a victorious debut over in renamed chase in 2019. 

    Doran’s Pride, a former Cheltenham Stayers Hurdle winner and twice placed in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, won his first race at Ballinrobe in 1993. Owned by Mayo man Tom Doran and trained by Michael Hourigan he went on to win €1 Million on the track.  Traverse, the horse owned by the irrepressible Hector O'hEochagain and star of the series "Only Fools Buy Horses" also won his first Irish race at Ballinrobe in 2003.

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