Bellewstown Racecourse Guide

A glorious course set at the foot of the Mourne mountains 11km south of Drogheda on the east coast of Ireland, Bellewstown contains stunning views of the countryside combined with the view of the Irish coastline to the east of the track. Truly the historical home of Irish summer jump racing, the first record of racing at Bellewstown comes from the Dublin Gazette and Weekly Courier in 1726 and that tradition continues onto the present day with both the two-day July and August festivals each year.

Situated 37km north of Dublin and serviced by the nearest train station, Gormanstown, and buses from Drogheda and the surrounding areas to the track itself, it is ideally located for an evenings trip racing from the capital. The course itself runs a free shuttle bus from Drogheda town centre on all race days - although seats are given out on a first come first serve basis.

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Ticket Prices

Bellewstown admission prices are Adults €15, Students and OAPs €8 while children under the age of 16 enter free of charge when accompanied by an adult. These prices apply to all race-days throughout the calendar.

The Course

Bellewstown is a tight left handed course of about 1m 2f with a straight of nearly three furlongs to a slightly uphill finish containing three hurdles on the jumps course. The track itself contains 6 jumps in total on each circuit and also plays host to flat racing during the calendar.

Jumping and balance are two key features tested by the track, which features a slight camber from right to left that can leave a horse unbalanced if they are unable to cope with the demands close to the finish. Similar in layout to Brighton in the south of England, Bellewstown sees a lot of top trainers send their horses to learn to handle the constant left hand turn and is seen as an ideal stepping stone in a young horses education.

Major Meetings at Bellewstown

Exclusively known for summer racing in Ireland, Bellewstown plays host to 5 meetings, including its July and August Festivals that attract a large race day crowd year on year. Featuring the Mullacurry Cup Handicap Hurdle, which is one of the most competitive races of its kind in Ireland each year, both these meetings are amongst the best during the summer calendar.

Dining and Hospitality

Bellewstown take corporate bookings from groups of 4 to 400 people on a race day. Their corporate hospitality package includes reserved seats in a marquee, a race slip, a meal, including either BBQ or a buffet, advice from a racing expert, a higher viewing space in which to watch the races, tote facilities, full bar service, as well as post racing entertainment. They also run the "Bellewstown Belter Package" with advanced booking only. For €20, this package gets you entrance to the racing enclosure, a race card, a free €5 matching bet, and a free pint. This package has limited availability and is open to a party of any size.