Downpatrick Racecourse is a right-handed, pear-shaped track used predominantly for National Hunt horse racing over jumps. Based in County Down, Northern Ireland, it is used from March to October.
Situated 24 miles south of Belfast, it is the easternmost venue for the sport on the island of Ireland, but a somewhat sharp and yet undulating course with a short, stiff uphill finish.
Fences in Downpatrick races can be tricky for horses, while the hurdles have to be jumped at an angle due to their positioning on the track.
A full circuit of the course is about a mile-and-a-quarter, with the high-profile event being the Ulster National Handicap Chase over an extended three-and-a-half miles in March.
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Downpatrick 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 Downpatrick Racecourse keen to welcome back punters as soon as it is safe to do so.
It’s still worth checking Downpatrick races fixtures because the decision to allow spectators in could change. If you book tickets to a Downpatrick Racecourse event that is then moved to behind closed doors, refunds will be processed through the official course website.