Wexford Racecourse Guide

Wexford is located in the south east corner of Ireland. It is a county known across Ireland and Europe for its strawberry production but the course itself was opened in 1951 and is known for their friday evening meetings which take place through the summer months.

Wexford underwent one of the biggest changes in its history in 2015 when it was re-aligned from a right handed course to a left handed track resulting in much safer and attractive racing for both owners and patrons. The only downside being that the winning post now lies beyond the end of the spectator stand, although this is now seen as a unique feature for the course.

Getting to the racecourse is easy. There is a train run by Irish Rail that runs between Wexford and Dublin four times a day. In terms of buses, you can jump on the Wexford Bus, which operates seventeen times in a day between the station and the hospital. If you’re flying to the venue, Waterford Airport is the closest to the racetrack.

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Ticket Prices

General Admission prices for the course are as follows, Adults €12, OAP/Student €7 and Children U14 Free.

The Course

Wexford is one of 4 National Hunt only courses in Ireland and since the course changed from right handed to left handed in 2015, there has been very positive feedback from, owners, trainers and jockeys alike.

There is now an uphill finish and two of the six fences on the chase course are located right in front of the stands so that helps give patrons a better view of the spectacle of National Hunt racing itself. The course is just under 9 furlongs in length and still favours the speedier, handily ridden type despite the re-alignment making it slightly more of a test of stamina. The hurdles course, which is located on the inner of its chase counterpart, is particularly sharp, with the tight bends meaning front runners often prosper.

The ground there can be very changing as the many undulations make it hard to keep uniform in the summer months when the sun is drying out the track on a daily basis. The fences are soft so a horse can get away with making an error and all in all Wexford is a very kind and fair track to ride.

Major Meetings at Wexford

Wexford hosts 11 meetings every year between March and November and with no major meetings in the calendar, most of the meetings take place on Friday evenings during the summer. It is very well supported by local patrons.

Dining and Hospitality

In terms of hospitality, there are numerous options at Wexford if you’re looking to host that extra special occasion. The Carriglawn Room, for example, hosts 60-80 people and is a self-contained bar with the option for finger foods or a buffet, as well as a tote operator to take bets. You can also rent out the race course’s first class restaurant, The Ivy Room, that offers delicious food and unbeatable views of the race track. For further information, and depending on what you’re looking for, just email the Wexford Races and they’ll help you find the perfect solution.

Wexford also has numerous facilities available to patrons on any given race day, which include:

  • The Ivy Bar and Restaurant
  • The Snack Room
  • The Long Bar
  • The Supporters Bar

Hot food and cold drinks are available at all these locations and deals are on offer for larger groups on request.