Sligo Races

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The North West area of Ireland is known for its strong connections with traditional Irish music, arts and literature and for the predominance of ancient sites and settlements. County Sligo is found here and the county town of the same name and amongst its many attractions is Sligo races, a place where warm hospitality greets visitors and competitive racing makes them come back for more.

Free Horse Racing Tips, Click Here! Sligo Racecourse is actually situated at Cleveragh, 1 km from the town and although racing in the area goes back more than 200 years the present course dates from 1955, presenting racegoers with contemporary facilities in an historic and naturally beautiful setting.

In many ways as you travel from the east to Sligo it would be hard to tell at which point in time you were travelling, given that the incredible scenery and landscape has changed little over a great many years.

A part of the appeal of Sligo races is just this; a step back in time and a chance to experience some of the most unspoilt areas of Ireland. Flanked by two mountains, Knocknarea and Benbulben there can be few more dramatic and scenic beauty spots in which to stage some horseracing. There are eight meetings from May to August which define Sligo races and all are hotly contested with both Flat and jump racing on show.

A two day meeting in early august is a particular highlight and carries on where the famous Galway races stop, offering those who are touring Ireland or following the horses a continuation in their favourite pastime and of the celebratory and social aspects so inherent in Irish racing. Other Sligo races held throughout the summer provide ample opportunities for those spending their summer holidays in the area to take in the thrill of the races and to enjoy the race day hospitality on offer.

Sligo racecourse is a Grade 2 racing venue with a quality of racing which exceeds its appeal as a local, country racecourse. Jazz Princess won here before going on to become one of the best two year olds in Ireland with successes at the Curragh and in 2005, Brewster, one of Britain’s best novice hurdlers, triumphed at Sligo.
Sligo Races, inside rail

The exciting racing encourages some lively betting and makes for a memorable day out for groups, families and anyone who loves the intimacy of local racing punctuated with the many thrills thrown up by a good challenging track. A right handed circuit of a mile, there is a steady incline throughout the second half of Sligo races, requiring strength and stamina to do well and resulting in some truly exciting finishes.

Sligo Races, winner Families can make the most of free child admission and there are discounts available for group bookings of 10 or more. Coach parties are welcome and Sligo forms the perfect environment for a large group or corporate day out.

In addition to a large bar for refreshments, snack bar and self service restaurant, there are race day hospitality options provided within the Cleveragh Room. This is a private suite with a reserved viewing balcony in the stand complemented by CCTV viewing in the suite itself. With a capacity for 50 guests, all catering, drinks and private betting facilities can be supplied for any group or corporate gathering.

There are many further attractions, bars and restaurants in the town and as home to world renowned poet William Butler Yeats and his artist brother Jack during their childhood, their life, work and influence can be followed in the town in some detail.