County Down’s Downpatrick Racecourse is one of the two horse racing courses located in Northern Ireland, along with Down Royal.
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Downpatrick Upcoming Live Streamed Races
Located in the town with the same name, the Downpatrick race course runs only National Hunt races. Flat racing has long been discontinued there. Its feature race of the year has to be the Ulster National Handicap Chase, ran over 3m 4 100y.
This fact gives the racecourse the unofficial name of “The Home of National Hunt Racing in Ireland”. Downpatrick is the venue with the longest-running, uninterrupted horse racing in Ireland. The course has now started to be included in the winter campaigns of Grand National and Cheltenham winners.
Downpatrick boasts a devout local following with crowds attending heavily in all weather conditions. A number of top class horses have raced at Downpatrick; This includes Grand National winners, such as Caughoo in 1947 and Rhyme and Reason in the 1988 Grand National.
Racing at Downpatrick dates back as far as 1685. It became the first Irish venue to hold a meeting under the 1665 Act of Parliament from King Charles II’ time that defined the rules of horse racing.
It is therefore the oldest venue for official rules horse racing in Ireland. The location for this original racecourse was very close to where it is now. However this three-mile racecourse was in the shape of a horse shoe.
It wasn’t too long before that this old one was abandoned, and the new course implemented. Running ever since, it means Downpatrick has hosted races almost entirely uninterrupted for over three hundred years since.
In 1690, The Byerley Turk raced at Downpatrick before carrying Colonel Robert Byerley to the Battle of the Boyne. It’s said that the horse helped Byerley narrowly avoiding capture due to the fantastic speed of his war horse.
Downpatrick Live Stream: Course Layout
The National Hunt course is right-handed on a tight track, which has a total distance of 1m 3 furlongs circumference. From the turn into the 1 furlong home straight accommodates a sprint finish.
The course features a gradual climb to the winning post, with the latter half of the course running downhill into the home turn. There are five hurdles laid out on the track; However, unlike most courses there is no hurdle on the short home stretch.
Here’s the course that you’ll see on the Downpatrick live stream:
There are seven fences on the steeplechase course; Three plain fences are on the first, longest straight and then an open ditch and plain fence on the second. There are two more prior to the home turn, again with no fences featured on the home straight.
Must-See Races Streamed from Downpatrick
The course plays host to ten meetings a year with a variety of hunt races for all ages taking place from the month of March through to October. All of these are available to watch on the Downpatrick live racing stream.
There are a number of various themed race days to watch; The highlights include July Family Day and August Ladies Day, with a two-day festival taking place into June. There are views fit for both large groups and smaller parties and individuals.
Some of the more prominent races that are streamed from Downpatrick include the following:
|March||Randox Ulster National Raceday||Connolloy's Red Mills Irish European Breeders Fund Auction Maiden Hurdle|
|March||Randox Ulster National Raceday||WKD Rated Hurdle|
|March||Randox Ulster National Raceday||Racing TV Handicap Hurdle|
|March||Randox Ulster National Raceday||Randox Ulster National Handicap Chase|
|June||June Meeting||Molson Coors Handicap Hurdle|
|June||June Meeting||Down Time Festival|
|June||June Meeting||Eire Og GAC 50th Anniversary Handicap Chase|
Downpatrick Races Viewing
For spectators, there are several hospitality and viewing options available and provided by the racecourse. It features a function suite that can hold up to a capacity of four hundred people for private events. Corporate boxes are also available for at least twelve patrons with full access to bar, food and table service.
Dundalk has a number of bars and restaurants providing takeaway and sit-in menus to provide for guests’ refreshment needs. The course website gives details of the three premium suite options; Byerley Turk, Brownlow and Dunleath.
The Byerley Turk Suite holds a maximum of 12 people, featuring a private balcony overlooking the course. The Brownlow Suite hosts an excellent view of the winning post from a private balcony at the top of the grandstand.
The Dunleath Suite can seat upwards of 350 guests with a perfect view over the final strait. The grandstand is situated parallel to the winning post, providing an excellent view. It has a maximum capacity of one thousand five hundred spectators.
The racecourse features great transport links, connected to Dublin via the A1, and only 35 km south of Belfast along the A2. There are also fantastic bus, high-speed rail and air links attracting international racers, and visitors.
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Here is a race highlight from the first meet of 2020 before coronavirus lockdown came into effect, showing a great view of the entirety of the course.
Downpatrick Live Stream FAQs
🎥 Do I need to pay a subscription for the Live Stream?
No, there is no subscription charge. You’ll need to register on the site first, which only takes a minute.
🏇 Are there other races available, too?
Yes, there are many other races that you can watch – just take a look at the schedule.
⌚ When will the race coverage start?
The race coverage begins approximately two to three minutes before the race is scheduled.