Everything You Want to Know About Fairyhouse
Fairyhouse Racecourse opened in 1848 and is one of Ireland’s Premier dual-purpose racetracks, though it is much better known for its high-class jumps racing.
The course can be found in County Meath, just 23km north of Dublin, where it stages around 20 meetings each year. Both the jumps and flat course are right-handed and measure around 14-furlongs in length.
The highlight of the jumps season is Easter’s 3-Day Festival. The Easter Sunday headline race is the Ryanair Gold Cup Novice Chase, whilst the big race of the whole meeting is the Irish Grand National which takes place over 3 miles and 5 furlongs on Easter Monday. The most high-profile winner is Desert Orchid, who won the 1990 edition despite the burden of top-weight.
Early-season jumps highlights include the Grade 1 Hatton’s Grace Hurdle, whilst the biggest race that takes place on the flat at Fairyhouse is the Group 3 Brownstown Stakes.
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