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Fairyhouse Racecourse Tips & Stats Guide

We take a closer look at one of the top racecourses in Ireland


Located in County Meath, Fairyhouse Racecourse is renowned for its thrilling jumps and flat racing and is home to the prestigious Irish Grand National.

Fairyhouse attracts racing fans from far and wide, and the undulating track’s challenging fences add an exciting dimension to jump races at the track.

With a rich history dating back to 1848, Fairyhouse Racecourse remains integral to Ireland’s horse racing scene, hosting several Grade 1 races, including the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle and Drinmore Novice Chase.

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Fairyhouse Tips for Today

Fairyhouse hosts a competitive seven-race card on Saturday, including the Grade 3 Bobbyjo Chase.

Both Charlie McCann and Ed Quigley have a free tip for the big race - click on their links below for full information!


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We’ve also highlighted two important betting pointers to consider at Fairyhouse.

Challenging fences

The fences at Fairyhouse are challenging for horses of all abilities to make sure and side with a sound jumper, particularly in novice chase races.

Low draw not ideal for hold up horses

On the flat course, there tends to be no significant draw bias, but horses that like to be held up can find trouble in running if drawn low over sprint distances as the field tends to drift towards the inside rail.


Top Fairyhouse Jockeys

As with many Irish racecourses, Paul Townend is the man to follow at Fairyhouse, particularly over fences, where he has an eye-catching 45% strike rate.

On the flat, Seamie Heffernan has shown a profit figure of over £100 to level stakes over the last three years.


Top Fairyhouse Trainers

Willie Mullins is the man to follow over fences at Fairyhouse, operating at a 30% strike rate in chase races, while Dermot McLoughlin’s runners are also worth noting - he’s showing over a £500 profit to level stakes over the last three seasons.

On the flat, Natalia Lupini’s runners are worth keeping an eye out for - she’s saddled five winners from her last 14 runners at the track.


Fairyhouse Free Bets & Betting Offers

Hosting high-quality racing action throughout the year, there’s no shortage of betting offers when it comes to Fairyhouse.

The Irish-based bookmakers lead the way, particularly Paddy Power, a popular destination for punters in Ireland and the UK for enhanced odds and ongoing promotions.

Copybet may be a new name to some punters, but they’re making a big impact on the betting scene with a generous welcome bonus for new players and competitive odds, including on horse racing.


Fairyhouse Racecourse Layout & Info

Fairyhouse Racecourse is located in County Meath, easily accessible from Dublin.

The course is a galloping, right-handed square shape, roughly 1 mile and 6 furlongs in distance, with a steady rise heading from the turn after the stands to the highest point of the track until a steady decline down the back straight.

Characteristically, Fairyouse is essentially a galloping track in nature, with 11 fences on the chase course, which are considered more challenging than a typical fence.


As one of the top racing tracks in Ireland, Fairyhouse hosts several top-quality races throughout the year, including the Grade 1 Hatton’s Grace Hurdle in December and the Irish Grand National at Easter.

RaceGradeDistanceTypeDate
Irish Grand NationalHandicap3 miles 5 furlongsChaseEaster
Mares Novice Hurdle Championship FinalGrade 12 miles 4 furlongsHurdleEaster
WillowWarm Gold CupGrade 12 miles 4 furlongsChaseEaster
Rathbarry & Glenview Studs HurdleGrade 22 miles 4 furlongsHurdleEaster
Festival Novice HurdleGrade 22 miles 4 furlongsHurdleEaster
Dunboyne Novice HurdleGrade 22 milesHurdleEaster
Devenish ChaseGrade 22 miles 4 furlongsChaseEaster
Donohue Marquees Juvenile HurdleGrade 22 milesHurdleEaster
Royal Bond Novice HurdleGrade 12 milesHurdleDecember
Drinmore Novice ChaseGrade 12 miles 4 furlongsChaseDecember
Hatton’s Grace HurdleGrade 12 miles 4 furlongsHurdleDecember

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