Gowran Park Racing

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Some parts of Ireland are known for their stark, rugged beauty and others for their incredible coastline and associated activities. When it comes to Co. Kilkenny, the mountains give way to lush rolling pasture and beautiful natural woodland; one might say the perfect place in which to build a racecourse.

Free Racing Tips Gowran Park is that racecourse and it occupies a beautiful spot, encased by trees within the Lord Annaly Estate.

Gowran Park racing is picture postcard stuff and the impressive environment is matched by the quality of the facilities and the racing.

Gowran Park racing has been held at the site since 1914 and the course has the distinction of hosting the first televised Irish race meeting in 1969.

The venue certainly has all the right attributes to be a TV star, with the woodland estate setting providing one of the most stunning environments for horseracing.

The race track contains within it a superb golf course too & all facilities for both sports were completely upgraded in 2001 to present a remarkable contemporary sporting and leisure venue.

It may host one of the top golf courses in Co. Kilkenny, which is no mean achievement but is the Gowran Park racing which draws the crowds. There are race fixtures held throughout the year, in both National hunt and Flat events, offering race fans plenty of scope for enjoying the unique ambience of the course.

The racing highlight is the beginning of the year, in January. This is when the Thyestes Handicap Chase is held, a Grade A race for which the winner gets presented with a magnificent trophy first won by the great horse Thyestes in the 1950s in England. A good trial too for the Grand National at Aintree, both Hedgehunter and Numbersixvalverde triumphed in both events in 2004 and 2006 respectively.

If the Thyestes Handicap Chase is a trial for Aintree then in February, the Red Mills Trial provides the ideal preparation for Cheltenham. April brings the Tetramena Cup, a popular event for hunter chasers, and in May the Victor McCalmont Memorial Stakes is held, a listed race which heralds in the flat and jump races of the summer.
Gowran Park Racing, inside rail

Gowran Park has a strong local following in what is one of Ireland's great horse counties and it also attracts many racegoers from further afield keen to experience racing within outstanding facilities and surrounds. The course is situated about 1km from the village of Gowran, and 13km from Kilkenny.

Gowran Park Racing, winner Special race day buses leave from Dublin for most Gowran Park racing events and there are regular trains to Kilkenny from Dublin and Waterford.

Students and senior citizens get in for a reduced rate and children under 14 for free. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more when tickets are booked in advance. Enclosure packages are also available for race days, and there is a selection of corporate packages available.

The new stand at Gowran Park offers incredible spaces for viewing the races and enjoying the hospitality. On the top level is a silver service restaurant where diners can enjoy superb food and excellent views over the finishing line from the balcony.

Hospitality at the Races probably isn’t as expensive as you think! “Do it in style”, there's nothing nicer than being waited on during your day at the races!

The Rooftop Hospitality Suite at Gowran Park racing can be used for corporate events and parties of between 50 to 300 persons, accompanied by a dining package which can range from a light buffet to five-course meal. There is a further suite which can accommodate up to 75 guests and a Private Members Club Bar. There are excellent public facilities too, including dining outlets and bars.