Sligo Racecourse Guide

Boasting one of the most picturesque backdrops to a track you will find anywhere in the world, this stunning track is located just 1km from Sligo town in the north-west of Ireland and has played host to racing at this location since 1955. The earliest recorded race meeting in the town, however, under Turf Club rules, took place at Bowmore, Rosses Point in September 1781.

In 2013, a €2m redevelopment saw a new grandstand, jockey changing facilities, pavilion bar, tote betting facilities, and new offices and turnstiles put in place. Further improvements of €1.9m are scheduled in the coming years to turn Sligo into one of the best on-site locations for patrons in Irish racing.

The racecourse is just a short taxi ride from both the train and bus station and is just off the main road leading off the Dublin road into the town. There are plenty of parking facilities too, making Sligo an easy track to get to and hassle free to get out of once the racing has come to an end.

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Ticket Prices

Admission to the County Sligo track is listed as follows: Adults €15, Students and OAP's €10 while children under the age of 14 enter free of charge. These prices apply to all race-days throughout the calendar year.

The Course

A mixed track that plays host to both jumps and flat cards throughout the calendar, Sligo is an undulating, 1-mile, right-handed track. The main feature is a stiff hill, which runs from the 4 furlong marker all the way up to the line and provides a stiff stamina test over any distance. With a finishing straight of just a furlong and a half, any horse that does not handle the constant climbing and turning at the track is quickly found out.

Besides the scenic location, the hill at Sligo has often been called the toughest in Irish racing and is viewed by many of the top trainers and jockeys as one of the best prep courses for major races at The Galway festival due to the style of racing that you find at the course. New, easy fix hurdles have been put in place since 2013 and are set out 4 per circuit with two in the back straight, one down the side of the track, and one in the home straight a furlong from the line. No steeplechases take place at the course for safety reasons.

Major Meetings at Sligo

While Sligo contains no major race in the Irish calendar, it hosts 8 meetings from May to September each year, including a two-day meeting in August, as well as a student day and family day.

Dining and Hospitality

Sligo provides both small group and corporate hospitality facilities on the course. For groups between 4-10 people, a package for €40 per person will get you a 2-course meal in a reserved area of their public restaurant, as well as a glass of wine or prosecco and a race card.

For larger groups, there are three suites located at the back of the grandstand with room for 40-60 people that includes a balcony overlooking the track, as well as satellite TV and a tote betting facility. Food and drink menus can be customized for your own occasion also.

For non hospitality patrons, there are numerous food and drink outlets situated across the course on any given race day.