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Where is Sligo Racecourse?
Sligo Racecourse is 1.5km south of the town centre on Cleveragh Road. It is situated close to the N4, N15 and N16.
Sligo MacDiarmada train station is a 25-minute walk from the racecourse and the local S1 bus stops near the track entrance.
What is Sligo Racecourse Famous For?
The County Sligo Races were first held at Bowmore, Rosses Point in 1781. Hazelwood, just east of Sligo Town, took over from 1873 - bar a return to Bowmore from 1886-97 – but closed in 1942. Sligo fixtures were held near Mullingar in County Westmeath during the search for a new home.
Six years after the current Cleveragh venue was found, the Sligo Races were first staged there in 1955. Extensive refurbishment took place in 2013 including a new grandstand and jockeys' changing facilities. Sligo holds nine meetings a year from May to October including an all-chase card – its only steeplechases of the year - in September.
Sligo Racecourse Track Specifics
Sligo is a right-handed undulating one-mile (1600m) oval with sharp turns and an uphill two-furlong (400m) home straight. Horses are on the turn most of the way with speedier prominent racers at an advantage, although those that go off too hard pay for it on the run-in.
Flat races have a maximum trip of one mile four-and-a-half furlongs (2500m). The track's location in a valley means the ground can become very testing.
Biggest Meetings at Sligo Racecourse
Sligo's two-day meeting in early August is its annual highlight with a flat card on Ladies Day followed by an evening jumps fixture. The Connacht Oaks Fillies Handicap is the day one feature and the track's biggest flat race.
The Rated Novice Hurdle on Sligo's opening card in late April is its most valuable National Hunt race.
Visit the official Sligo Racecourse website for more information including upcoming race days, on-course features and more!