The Winners Enclosure's Dundalk Course Guide

Dundalk Course Guide

Ireland’s main all-weather track has been in business since August 2007 and has since hosted racing to some high-class horses including the likes of Mastercraftsman and Declaration Of War.

Both of these won the Group3 Diamond Stakes which is the feature race of the year, but there are plenty of opportunities for the smaller, local yards with a total of 38 meetings running across the calendar.

In recent-times, Joseph O’Brien has made this venue his own, already surpassing 85 winners and 175 places. Himself, his father Aidan O’Brien & top-trainer Michael Halford all boast impressive strike rates the past three seasons.

The Dundalk track is a polytrack surface which replicates that used at Chelmsford, Kempton and Lingfield. It has a left-handed, oval course, about 10 furlongs in extent, with a straight lasting around 2 1/2 furlongs.

This results in a fair track. Though the lower-draw is favoured, especially around certain trips, a fast-start from a wide-draw enables you a fair crack of the whip.