In 1780, George Tandy, a former mayor of Drogheda and brother of James Napper Tandy, persuaded King George III to sponsor a race at Bellewstown. The race was called His Majesty's Plate and was valued at £100.
The tradition of summer horse racing at Bellewstown dates back centuries. The first record of racing here appears in the August edition of the Dublin Gazette and the Weekly Courier in 1726. There was originally a cricket ground in the middle of the race track. Racing continues to occur on an annual basis, taking place over 3 days during the course of the summer.
It has a one mile and one furlong left-handed course, featuring both flat and hurdle racing.
Amenities in Bellewstown include the primary school, Catholic church, two pubs, general convenience shop, GAA grounds, racecourse and golf course.