Courses

Stowlin

Track info

County: Galway

Soil Type: Luvisols - fine, loamy with limestone

Fences per circuit: 5

Fences per 3 mile race: 15

Direction: Left-Handed

Course Distance:

Elevation Change (Highest to Lowest Point):

TRACK GUIDE


Stowlin was introduced as the course for the annual East Galway Foxhounds point-to-point in April 2018 following on from Eyrecourt, Laurencetown and Lisbeg, quickly becoming a popular addition among riders and handlers.

The right-handed course sees the runners begin on the entrance to the back straight where there is a relatively short run to the first fence, one of three along the back straight. After negotiating the opener, there is a decent run to the second obstacle, which is jumped after racing through a gap, with a much shorter run to the third and final fence in this line.

Taking a long right-handed bend, the runners arrive at fence four before a further, more gentle curve, brings them quickly to fence five in the home straight which comes quite quickly after that elbow. After passing the winning post, there is still quite a long way to run before the end of the home straight, which comes up with a long near 180 degrees bend back to their starting point.

DEREK O'CONNOR

Stowlin is a great addition to the calendar and is a big open track.

There is a tight turn into the second-last, so it is important to corner well around it. I find it tends to ride quite sharp and it suits to ride handily, as there is quite a lot of freewheeling around here.

Finishes happen quite quickly from the fourth-last home, so you need a horse with a good cruising speed and a bit of toe.