Navan Racecourse Guide

A fine dual purpose track located about 50kms north of Dublin in county Meath, Navan is one of Ireland's premiere National Hunt tracks. Opened first in 1920, and undergoing refurbishments and track upgrades in the 1990s and in 2014, the track is one of the best maintained in the country.

Navan is known for its ultra competitive style of racing and with multiple Grade 2 events on the cards during the year, it is arguably the fairest test of a National Hunt horse you will find in Ireland.

You can easily get a bus to Navan from Dublin’s central station, Busaras, which stops a short 3 kilometres from the racetrack where you can easily find a taxi. The nearest railway station, however, is Drogheda, which is 24 kilometres from Navan, so it’s advisable to pre book your taxi if you’re planning to get the train to this location.

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Ticket Prices

General Admission prices for the course are Adults €15, OAP/Student €9 and Children under 18 Free.

The Course

Navan is a left handed, rectangular track of 1m 4f with a stiff uphill finishing straight of 3 and a bit furlongs. It is a galloping track in nature but the ground can become very sticky in soft or heavy conditions, so the ability to see out the trip is vital for any horse coming here.

The chase course contains 9 fences in total with 7 plain fences and 2 open ditches. Three of these come in the uphill home straight with a run in of just under a furlong. The trickiest fence on the course is the fourth from home, which is followed by a turn almost immediately upon landing. The key to riding at Navan is getting a breather into the horse during the back straight as it is a long way home from the turn on one of the quickest tracks in the country.

Navan contains both a 6f straight course and a round course and the story of both is that of fairness. The draw is almost irrelevant on both courses as a horse can win from anywhere in a race. The main thing required around Navan is bundles of stamina. Any horse that comes to the track with question marks about the trip will soon be exposed by the wide galloping nature of the course.

Major Meetings at Navan

Navan plays host to 17 meetings during the season, the Boyne Hurdle, the Lismullen Hurdle, the Fortria Chase, the Monksfield Novice Hurdle, and the Navan Novice Hurdle are among the graded highlights over jumps. On the flat, Navan has probably the biggest trial race in Ireland for the Ascot Gold Cup in the Group 3 Vintage Crop Stakes run every May.

Dining and Hospitality

Navan has a host of both public and private on course amenities including:

  • Troytown Public Bar
  • 3 Private suites available on request
  • Children's area and coffee shop
  • Bective Restaurant

The Bective Package starts at €52 per person and includes admission, a 3-course luncheon with tea and coffee,a race card, and a table in the Bective area for the day. Of course there are various outdoor stalls and vans selling a variety of different hot foods and cold beverages to all patrons, as well.