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Where is Cork Racecourse?
Cork Racecourse is 2km west of the town Mallow in County Cork along the N72. Also called Cork Racecourse Mallow, it is 35km north of Cork city via the N20.
Mallow rail station is to the west of town with a free shuttle bus on racedays.
What is Cork Racecourse Famous For?
Cork staged the first ever steeplechase in 1752. The inaugural Cork Races were in 1777 with Cork Park staging meetings until its closure in 1917. Mallow Racecourse was subsequently opened in 1924.
In 1995, Mallow was temporarily closed for upgrading and reopened in 1997 as Cork Racecourse. It now hosts close to 20 fixtures throughout the year across both codes.
Track Specifics at Cork Racecourse
Cork boasts two right-handed flat circuits – the chase course is one and a half miles (2400m) and runs outside the 10-furlong (2000m) hurdles and flat track. It is seen as a fair test although prominent racers possess a slight advantage. There is also a six-furlong (1200m) straight track.
Despite regular flooding from the adjoining River Blackwater, good drainage usually ensures decent ground.
Biggest Meetings at Cork Racecourse
Easter Sunday in the middle of Cork's three-day Easter Festival is the most popular raceday with the Grade 3 Imperial Call Chase and the Grade B Easter Handicap Hurdle sharing top billing. It also doubles up as Ladies Day.
Cork's top National Hunt race is the Grade 2 Hilly Way Chase in early December. It has been dominated in recent years by Willie Mullins with Douvan and Un de Sceaux among the victors.
On the flat, the Munster Oaks in mid-June is the highlight with August's Give Thanks Stakes, also for fillies and mares, the track's other Group 3.
Visit the official Cork Racecourse website for more information including upcoming race days, on-course features and more!