Track info

County: Down

Soil Type:

Fences per circuit: 5

Fences per 3 mile race: 15

Direction: Left-Handed

Course Distance: 1.01m

Elevation Change (Highest to Lowest Point):


A one-mile round course featuring five fences, where the runners begin at the entrance to the home straight with a good run to the first fence which is positioned after the winning post.

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

Runners then turn to race alongside the road on a short straight before entering the home straight where the fifth and final fence is located adjacent to their starting point followed by a relatively short run-in.

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, which previously formed part of an RAF Airfield used in WWII that is now also home to a motor racing circuit.


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.