Naas Racecourse Guide

Set just 30kms from Dublin in the equine county of Kildare, Naas is one of the most progressive racecourses in the country. Established in 1924, racing has taking place at the venue every year since then with the list of fixtures only continuing to grow. For anyone looking to maybe take in two meetings in quick succession, Naas is located only 20 mins drive from The Curragh if you choose to stay locally.

Naas is one of the most important trial tracks on both the flat and over jumps in Ireland with many precursors to big races both here and in the UK taking place at Naas throughout the year. The track itself gained another major milestone in 2015 as it hosted its first ever Grade 1 National Hunt race when the Lawlor’s Hotel Novice Hurdle took place.

You can get the train from Dublin Heuston station to the nearby Sallins and then catch the bus from Sallins to Naas. Or, you can get a bus to Naas from Dublin directly, jumping on Route 126, which drops you off just a short jaunt from the racetrack.

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Ticket Prices

General Admission prices for the course are as follows, Adults €15, OAPs €9 and Children U18 and Students under the age of 26 have free entry.

The Course

Naas is a stiff track very much suited to horses with plenty of stamina. A Left handed oval of 1m 4f with a climbing uphill finish each trip takes every yard of getting at this track.

The chase course is on the outer portion of the track and contains eight fences to a circuit, two coming on the four furlong home straight and has a run in of just over a furlong. In general it pays to be handy round this course as the ground from the 7f pole to the finish can get very testing in softer conditions and the fences are quite stiff so it is hard for a horse to make ground around the course.

As a flat course races up to 6f are run on a straight course instead of starting on a tight bend before the home straight.On the round course the draw isn’t a massive issue, as there is plenty of opportunity to tack across before the home turn, however, on the straight course, a high draw tends to be favourable especially in heavy going as the race tends to develop on the stands side of the course. It is a very fair track and you will rarely see any hard luck stories.

Major Meetings at Naas

Naas' caldendar has expended to 15 meetings a year. The highlight of which would be the National Hunt meeting in January featuring the tracks only Grade 1 of the year. On the flat, the pinnacle is the Group 3 Blue Wind Stakes which is run in May and has seen many winners go on to be solid Group 1 performers in recent years.

Dining and Hospitality

The panoramic restaurant at Naas has two packages to choose from:

  • The Four Course Experience: Includes admission to the races, a race card, a delicious four-course dinner, and a table reserved for the day all for just €53.50 per person.
  • The Main Course Package: Includes admission to the races, a race card, a main course dinner with teas and coffees, and a table reserved for the day all for €40 per person.

Naas has 11 private suites that can hold between 12-120 people and packages for those start at €49 per person. Group party packages for between 8-120 people start at €30 per person and can be tailored to individual needs. Aside from this, Naas provides a number of on course bars and restaurants for patrons to choose from on each race day.