Bellewstown Racecourse is a beautiful racecourse that stages flat racing and National Hunt racing in its unique location, the Hill of Crockafotha in County Meath. You can watch a Bellewstown live stream free of any subscription charges.
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Being situated where it is, the track enjoys stunning views of the Mountains of Mourne and the Irish sea. This contributes to making it an unbelievable backdrop to some quality racing.
Bellewstown Racecourse hosts two racing festivals every year, which are always a roaring success. One is in the first week of July and then the second is towards the back end of August.
Bellewstown Course Overview
The flat course is a left-handed track and quite sharp in nature. The track is oval shaped and just nine furlongs long, with two long straights and two tight bends.
In whole, the circuit is fairly flat besides the home straight, which is slightly uphill. Jockeys often prefer a lower draw because of how tight the bends are.
This is especially the case for horses that prefer to sit on the pace or front run because often some horses can get caught in behind on the bend and give away precious lengths.
The National Hunt course is incredibly similar to the flat course in nearly every essence; It is undulating, nine furlongs long, left handed and has an uphill finish.
Unusually for a National Hunt track, the venue doesn’t host any races over fences, instead only hurdles. In a full circuit, there are just five hurdles which often means that the better travellers often prevail, especially those who manage to get the inside around the sharp bends.
Due to how high up the course is, the track does get quite windy and there is often some tailwind. However, it does have a positive effect on the ground due to how the rain can drain efficiently and quickly.
It means that meetings coming into the summer period will have firm to good ground.
A Legendary Bellewstown Betting Win
In the betting world, Bellewstown is known for being the home of the Yellow Sam betting coup. This is one the most famous betting coups in the history of UK and Irish racing. If you’ve not heard about it, you must read on.
It’s 1975. At the centre of the story was Barney Curley, a former trainer and professional gambler. Curley purchased a horse called Yellow Sam and instructed his trainer to train him for the National Hunt Race at Bellewstown.
Then, with having Yellow Sam’s handicap mark cut to as low as possible, he ran his horse in numerous races which would not suit the horse.
Be it because of the ground, the course, the grade of race or length of the trip – Curley did whatever he could to ensure that Yellow Sam did not look capable of winning a race at his current handicap mark. In turn, his plan started to work and the horse fell down the weights.
On the day of the race, Yellow Sam opened at 20/1 which was music to the ears of Curley. However, he did not want bookmakers and the track to know how much money was being placed for the horse. That, of course, would have resulted in dropping his price.
He had to conduct this operation so that he could get his life savings on the horse at the best possible price. Which makes it genius as to why he chose Bellewstown.
At the time, the track only had two phone lines; one for the public and one for on-concourse bookmakers to contact the betting shops. He had the bookmakers phone line cut and then made perfect use of the only available phone line.
He had his friend use up the phone line in the half an hour pre-off to talk to his fake passing auntie, buying time and sympathy. Then, Curley had all his friends and family place their bets all over the country at the odds of 20/1 without the risk that the odds will drop.
Yellow Sam romped home by 2.5 lengths to secure Barney Curley the equivalent of more than 1.7 million euros in profits in today’s money. The bets were won fairly, as he did not break any laws or regulations. It was a mammoth but perfectly executed plan.
Viewing at Bellewstown Racecourse
If you were to visit Bellewstown, we cannot promise a betting extravaganza to the extent of the Yellow Sam coup. But we can promise you that the views are unbelievable, and it is well worth seeing just for that.
The shield of forestry surrounding the track means that when the horses travel round the course it is impossible to miss them. When you focus elsewhere you really have a comparison point against the dark trees to see the magnificent surroundings.
Bellewstown Racecourse holds some good quality Irish races and is a fun day-out for all; It provides a true horse racing experience. One of the most convenient ways to watch is on the Bellewstown live stream if you can’t make it there.
Bellewstown Live Stream Race Calendar Highlights
Here’s a list of some of the top races that you can watch on the Bellewstown live horse racing stream service:
|January||Great Yorkshire Chase||3m|
|January||Yorkshire Rose Mares' Hurdle||2m 110y|
|January||River Don Novices' Hurdle||3m 110y|
|January||Lightning Novices' Chase||2m 110y|
|March||Grimthorpe Handicap Chase||3m 2f|
|March||Doncaster Mile Stakes||1m|
|September||Flying Scotsman Stakes||7f|
|September||Park Hill Stakes||1m 6f 132y|
|September||Flying Childers Stakes||5f|
|September||Doncaster Cup||2m 2f|
|September||May Hill Stakes||1m|
|September||St. Leger Stakes||1m 6f 132y|
|September||Portland Handicap||5f 140y|
|October||Vertem Futurity Trophy||1m|
|November||November Handicap||1m 4f|
|December||Summit Juvenile Hurdle||2m 110y|
|December||December Novices' Chase||3m|
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Watch the highlights from an exciting sunny afternoon of racing at Bellewstown in August 2019. The video is jam-packed with emphatic winners, a photo finish and a handful of unlucky losers.
Bellewstown Live Stream FAQs
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🏇 Are there other races available, too?
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