Monday, 14 May 2018

Irish Racecourses: Down Royal

Irish Racecourse: Down RoyalLocated near the city of Lisburn, Northern Ireland, is Down Royal Racecourse. 

Racing has taken place at Maze, near Lisburn, since the 18th Century on land donated by Arthur Hill - the 1st Marquis of Downshire. In truth, horse racing goes back to the days of King James II (1685) when the Royal Charter formed the Down Royal Corporation of Horse Breeders. King George II donated £100 to run the King's Plate. 

Although in the United Kingdom, horse racing at Down Royal comes under the jurisdiction of Horse Racing Ireland.   

Flat racing course:

Down Royal is almost a square right-handed galloping track of almost 2 miles. It features a downhill run in to the straight and a slight uphill finish to the line. Horses use a chute for the 5f races. No draw advantage.

National Hunt course:

Down Royal is almost a square right-handed galloping track of almost 2 miles. It features a downhill run in to the straight and a slight uphill finish to the line.There are ten fences (2 ditches) and and eight hurdles on the circuit. 

Major Flat races held at Down Royal include: Ulster Derby (June)

Ladies at Down Royal
Major National hunt races include: JNwine.com Champion Chase (November) 

Transport:

Down Royal Racecourse is located two and a half miles from Lisburn and ten miles from Belfast. 

There is a bus service from Belfast. 


Belfast airport is under ten miles away. 


Contact details: 

Down Royal Racecourse 
Maze
Lisburn
County Antrim 
BT27 5RW 

Tel: 48 28 926 21256
Fax: 48 28 926 21433 

Email: info@downroyal.com 

Website: http://www.downroyal.com/

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