Tipperary Racecourse Guide

Formerly known as Limerick Junction Racecourse up until about 1986, racing has been a key event in Tipperary since 1916. A picturesque and scenic course, which often features a local farmer working the centre of the track during racing, it is the epitome of summer racing in Ireland.

The track is dual purpose and is the closest racetrack to the famous Ballydoyle training facility, operated by Aiden O’Brien. As a result, many famous horses have won races here at Tipperary, including Dylan Thomas and Hawk Wing just to name a couple.

It is extremely easy to get to Tipperary Racecourse, seeing as how the track itself is located opposite the railway station, Limerick Junction, and is only a five-minute walk for patrons. If you’re flying into the country, Shannon will be your nearest International airport, which is an approximate fifty minute drive. There are also plenty of bus services and taxis that service the racecourse.

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Ticket Prices

General Admission tickets for the racecourse are €15 for adults, €10 for the concessionary rate, including OAPs and students, and if you have children under the age of 14, they are free.

The Course

A left handed, mostly flat galloping track, Tipperary is just over nine furlongs in extent and is a very speedy course. The bends are very sharp and tight and while horses do come from off the pace, if a prominently ridden horse can get the fractions right, they can be hard to peg back.

The chase course is set out on the inner of the hurdle course and features six fences, one down the side, three down the back, and two in the two and a half furlong home straight with a run in of just over a furlong. It is very similar to Cork in nature in that horses who have slightly suspect jumping but plenty of speed tend to go well here. When the rain does come though, it can get very testing very quickly.

On the flat, Tipperary is definitely one of the fastest courses in the country, especially the 5 furlong straight course. It is extremely difficult to come off the pace on it and if a pace setter breaks well, they can have the run of the race. There is no particular draw bias when the ground is quick although it can pay to be drawn high towards the stands rail when the ground gets softer. The round course is easier to make up ground on given the long straight and a low draw is ideal over the extended 7 furlongs as the bend comes up pretty quickly after the break.

Major Meetings at Tipperary

Tipperary has a total of 11 fixtures between April and October. The highlight of these fixtures is the “Super Sunday” mixed card in October, which hosts a Grade 3 novice hurdle, a Grade 3 novice chase, the Grade 2 Tipperary Hurdle, and the Group 3 Concorde Stakes.

Dining and Hospitality

Tipperary has numerous amenities available to all patrons, including a self-service restaurant with a full (hot food) lunch and dinner menu on course. The Istabraq Bar serves bar food in addition to drinks, as well as our stalls and vending machines situated around the course.

The High Chapperal Room can be booked for events that have between 20 and 170 people with all-inclusive set packages available. It can cater for 170 buffet style and up to 130 silver service.