Horse Racing is a popular pastime in Ireland and an important element of Irish society and culture. Ireland is world renowned as the "home of the horse', famous for breeding winning race horses. Nothing compares to a day at the races in Ireland, watching the horses gallop down the course and hurtle past on their way to the finish line, it certainly gets the heart pounding. Horse racing is the ideal environment to see these glorious animals demonstrating their speed and strength. If it is horse racing at its best that you are looking for, then Ireland is definitely the place to find it.
A day at the races is a unique experience and with twenty six beautiful racecourses in Ireland to choose from, there will be one to suit your needs. With almost three hundred and sixty days of racing a year, there are no shortage of race days to choose from, and the next big race day is only just around the corner. Collect your race card and get ready to pick a winner. Around thirty minutes before each race the horses are paraded in the paddock so make your way there and look for your winner. Place your bets and watch the race unfold. You can then see the winning owners celebrate on the podium.
Each racecourse offers its own attractions to racegoers, the major courses are the Curragh, Leopardstown and Punchestown in the Dublin area. Outside of Dublin, courses include Galway, Cork, Listowel, Gowran Park and Killarney. They host festivals, race evenings and tournaments throughout the year.
Horse Racing is an ideal day out for all ages, it is a fun and exhilarating day out at the track, in a sensational atmosphere.
Irish racecourses attract more than one million visitors annually. It is a thrilling day as you never know if that horse you backed will be a winner or not. However, you can be assured a memorable and fun day out.