Courses

Quakerstown

Track info

County: Clare

Soil Type: Calcareous Gravels - coarse, loamy

Fences per circuit: 5

Fences per 3 mile race: 15

Direction: Left-Handed

Course Distance:

Elevation Change (Highest to Lowest Point):

TRACK GUIDE


Quakerstown is a popular course within the Western region that first hosted a point-to-point in 2010 and in that time, it has proven to be a rich source of equine talent with Grade 1 winners Champagne Fever, Next Destination and Bacardys all winning their four-year-old maidens at the Co. Clare venue.

Beginning alongside the final fence, the runners have a long run to their opening obstacle, as they race up in front of the judge before taking a sharp left-handed bend to begin the climb along the side of the course. There are two fences taken on this climb, before the runners turn left-handed into a shorter back straight which features fence three. The runners continue their climb to this obstacle, with the climb only levelling out after jumping the fence as the runners round the bend into the side of the course.

Fence four is the only fence jumped on this section of the course, with a descent increasing after jumping that obstacle and continuing into the home straight. The fifth fence comes up quite quickly after the home bend, with a short run to the winning post.

DEREK O'CONNOR, RIDER

Run at Easter, Quakerstown is a great meeting to draw a crowd. It is quite an undulating track. There is a good pull away from the finish-line up the back straight and most of the hard racing tends to be done before you reach the second-last. I find the winner needs to be jumping the penultimate fence in front, as you are free-wheeling on the run to the last and there is a short run-in to the line. There tends to be nice ground and it suits a forward going speedy type of horse.