Courses

Durrow

Track info

County: Offaly

Soil Type: Luvisols - fine, loamy

Fences per circuit: 5

Fences per 3 mile race: 15

Direction: Left-Handed

Course Distance: 1.01m

Elevation Change (Highest to Lowest Point):

TRACK GUIDE


Taking place on lands beside the grounds of the historic Durrow Abbey House and Durrow Church which was founded by Saint Columba in 553, the back straight of the course runs alongside the picturesque Abbey House.

An undulating course featuring three straights on a one-mile circuit where five fences are jumped on each lap, races start alongside the final obstacle, with a fair run on the flat to the first fence. As the runners pass by the winning post, they climb slightly before immediately taking a notable descent, whilst also turning slightly left-handed to reach that obstacle, which is located just out of the home straight. This is the shortest of the three straights, as a further left-handed bend brings them into the long back straight which features a notable curve. Before that curve, the runners jump fence two and then begin the left-handed turn.

There is a decent run on the level before fence four, as the field negotiate a number of short sharp undulations around this banked curve. The course levels out approaching the third, with a steep climb into the home straight following.

There are two fences in the home straight, with a slight left-handed elbow after the second-last, from where the runners race downhill to the final obstacle. The short run-in continues slightly downhill, before climbing again at the winning post.

On the point-to-point calendar since 2002, two of its maiden winners have gone on to land the Scottish National, with 2009 winner Hello Bud followed by 2013 winner Godsmejudge.

BARRY O'NEILL, RIDER

Durrow is a very undulating course and it can ride a bit tight at certain points. With the time of year, the ground conditions can be testing, and horses can get tired with the undulations and the soft ground, so it really suits a horse that can stay the trip.

If you have a neater type that can handle the undulations, it will often have the advantage over the big-striding galloper.