Kilbeggan Racecourse Guide

Located in the heartland of Ireland, this county Westmeath track has seen racing held at the site since 1901 and provides a lovely countryside backdrop, which is perfect for summer racing. It is one of four exclusive national hunt tracks in the country and the fact that the meetings are mostly held in the evenings means it is one of the most well attended tracks in the entire country.

The town of Kilbeggan itself is a big tourist attraction in Westmeath due to the presence of a lot of Irish historical artefacts and sites. The Kilbeggan races offer the usual excitement from the races with a more relaxed approach suitable for the whole family.

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Ticket Prices

Ticket prices for the course are as follows: Adults €13, OAP / Student €10, and Children under 16 are free. There is also a special family deal of 2 Adults and 2 kids for €20.

The Course

A very sharp right handed track that is just over 1m in length, Kilbeggan is a very difficult track to ride due to the fact you are on a constant turn with an especially sharp bend just after the second last fence. There is an uphill finish of 300 yards but this is very much a track for speedy front running types as opposed to any long striding or staying horses. There are six fences to a circuit of the chase course and they have to really go fast up front for anything to close from behind.

The hurdle track is laid out on the inner of the chase course and as such is actually even more difficult for both jockey and horse. The very tight nature of the course means it produced plenty of course specialists down the years and is actually suited to a horse who needs to be kept interested during racing as it requires a lot of thinking from the animal to negotiate. Kilbeggan is slightly undulating but nothing that could throw a horse off balance.

Major Meetings at Kilbeggan

Kilbeggan holds 8 meetings between April and September, the highlight of which being the Midlands National meeting held in July. Each meeting is very well attended generating a fantastic country atmosphere that it is renowned throughout Ireland.

Dining and Hospitality

Kilbeggan offers a couple of different hospitality suites, which we have outlined below.

  • The Balcony Suite: The glass fronted Balcony Suite on the first floor of the new Pavilion has first class hospitality facilities to accommodate up to 200 guests. It can also be subdivided for smaller groups of 30 or more. The Balcony Suite is well positioned along the racetrack, offering unbeatable views for all guests.
  • The Tented Village: For a first class racing experience, consider the Tented Village, which provides great views of the track with various hospitality options available. Suits anywhere from just 100 guests up to 2,000 guests.

Aside from these areas which are open to all patrons there are a number of on course carts and vans, which provide a wide range of hot food, snacks, and drinks.