Courses

Kirkistown

Track info

County: Down

Soil Type:

Fences per circuit: 5

Fences per 3 mile race: 16

Direction: Left-Handed

Course Distance: 1.01m

Elevation Change (Highest to Lowest Point):

TRACK GUIDE


A one-mile round course featuring five fences, where the runners begin at the entrance to the home straight and take two fences, which are positioned on either side of the Kirkistown winning post.

After taking a sharp left-handed bend, the runners quickly straighten up to face fence three before turning again to enter the back straight where there are a further two fences, number four and five.

Fence five is now located towards the end of the back straight, which has extended the run on the level between those two obstacles. Runners then turn to race alongside the road on a short straight before passing their departure point and entering the home straight.

Simonsig and Petit Mouchoir are two Grade 1 winners over 2-miles to have won their maidens at the course, highlighting some of the quality performers to have learned their trade at the venue.

MARK O'HARE, RIDER

Kirkistown is a very fair track and there is plenty of racing room to give your horse a sight at the fences. But they are big fences at Kirkistown, so it does take some jumping. They have moved one of the fences out of an area where the ground can sometimes get heavy and the track rides a lot better for it. That said it is a stiff 3 miles, so it can take some getting.