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Down Royal Races

Down Royal Racecourse is the main horse racing venue in Northern Ireland. A right-handed undulating track near Lisburn, south of Belfast, one complete circuit is about a mile and seven furlongs.

The testing nature of Down Royal races mean they suit strong galloping horses. This racecourse hosts both flat and National Hunt meetings with the Ulster Derby and Her Majesty’s Plate over the summer the key events on the level.

Down Royal is best known for its two-day Champion Chase meeting in the autumn which contains several Grade and Listed races over jumps.

Down Royal Racecourse Fixtures And Events 2021

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TUE 26th Jan Down Royal
Turf Jump Afternoon
There are no events this month
WED 17th Mar Down Royal
Turf Jump Afternoon
There are no events this month
MON 3rd May Down Royal
Turf Jump Afternoon
FRI 4th Jun Down Royal
Turf Jump Evening
FRI 18th Jun Down Royal
Turf Jump Evening
SAT 19th Jun Down Royal
Turf Jump Afternoon
FRI 23rd Jul Down Royal
Turf Jump Evening
FRI 27th Aug Down Royal
Turf Jump Evening
FRI 3rd Sept Down Royal
Turf Jump Evening
FRI 29th Oct Down Royal
Turf Jump Afternoon
SAT 30th Oct Down Royal
Turf Jump Afternoon
There are no events this month
SUN 26th Dec Down Royal
Turf Jump Afternoon

Down Royal Races Tips

  • As Down Royal hosts both flat and jumps horse racing, there are different tips to consider depending on the type of events. Irish National Hunt trainer Gordon Elliott targets the Champion Chase meeting there every year. See the 57 winners sent out of his County Meath stables at the course from the 2015-16 season to 2019-20 season at an approximate 20 per cent strike rate as evidence.
  • On the flat, meanwhile, it has paid to follow Jim Bolger’s yard. He has trained a joint record seven Ulster Derby winners and boasted a 22 per cent success rate with his runners from 2015 to 2019.
  • Young handler Joseph O’Brien is also doing well with horses from his stable at Down Royal races after saddling the 2019 and 2020 winners of Her Majesty’s Plate.
  • Chris Hayes is the most successful active jockey here.
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Down Royal Racecourse Behind Closed Doors

Down Royal races are currently being run behind closed doors because of the ongoing COVID-19 situation. This is set to be reviewed and updated in line with government advice, with Down Royal Racecourse keen to welcome back punters as soon as it is safe to do so.

It’s still worth checking Down Royal races fixtures because the decision to allow spectators in could change. If you book tickets to a Down Royal Racecourse event that is then moved to behind closed doors, refunds will be processed through the official course website.

Down Royal Races Contact Details

Down Royal Racecourse
Maze,
Lisburn,
Northern Ireland,
BT27 5RW
T: 0044 (0)28 9262 1256
W: https://downroyal.com/

Twitter: @Downroyal
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/downroyalracing/