Dundalk Stadium

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Dundalk Stadium
LocationRacecourse Road, Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland, Ireland
Coordinates54° 1′ 14.03″ N, 6° 22′ 54.38″ W
Date opened2003
Race typehorse & greyhound racing
Official website

Dundalk Stadium is a horse and greyhound racing venue in Ireland. It is located to the north of Dundalk in County Louth.[1]

The total build cost €35million with a modern grandstand, elevated viewing areas, restaurant and bars.

Horse racing[edit]

The Dundalk all-weather horse track to go alongside the new greyhound track that had opened earlier, officially opened on 26 August 2007 costing a further €24million.[2]

The course is a floodlit 1¼ mile left-handed oval, and races are run on an all-weather Polytrack surface.[3][4]

A turf racecourse at Dundalk, which was mainly used for National Hunt events, was closed in 2001. The present all-weather track, reserved for flat races, was opened in August 2007. The highest class horse races to be run at the venue are the Diamond Stakes, which was promoted from Listed to Group 3 status in 2009,[5] and the Mercury Stakes which was upgraded to Group 3 status in 2018.

Notable races[edit]

Month DOW Race Name Type Grade Distance Age/Sex
March Friday Patton Stakes A W Flat Listed 1m 3yo
October Friday Diamond Stakes A W Flat Group 3 1m 2f 150y 3yo +
October Friday Mercury Stakes A W Flat Group 3 5f 2yo +

Greyhound racing[edit]

In 1999 the Dundalk Race Company PLC and Dundealgan Greyhound Racing Company Limited merged to form Dundalk Racing (1999) Ltd. This would allow a new horse racing circuit to be built over the existing turf course and a greyhound track inside the main course. The previous Dundalk Ramparts Greyhound Stadium was closed on 20 November 2000 during which time the horse racecourse was undergoing major changes and despite resistance from the Horseracing Authority both sides were encouraged by the success of Paschal Taggart's Shelbourne Park venture.[6]

The Irish racing scene was experiencing some promising growth and Dundalk officially opened their new Dundalk Stadium on 29 November 2003 to the cost of €11 million. The minister for sport John O'Donoghue conducted the opening honours and thanks were given by CEO Jim Martin to Paschal Taggart chairman of the Irish Greyhound Board for their help.[7]

The track measures 550 yards in circumference providing a galloping circuit as opposed to the previous tight circuit of 440 yards. The kennels are located in a renovated building that was formerly the Tote for the racecourse but plans for a new eighty runner complex are in motion.[8]

Competitions[edit]

The Dundalk International is held annually.[9] It is a prestigious invitation event held for Ireland's leading greyhounds and also attracts some of the UK's top hounds. The event is one of the richest one-off races in Ireland (€20,000 in 2016) and is an integral part of the Irish greyhound racing calendar after being inaugurated in 1968.[10] The Irish Sprint Cup (formerly the Irish National Cup) arrived at the track in 2004.[11]

Track records[edit]

Current [12][13]

Yards Greyhound Time Date Notes
350 Kildallon Ranger 18.49 12.07.2012
400 Droopys Steel [14] 20.81 03.08.2018 Irish Sprint Cup third round
400 hurdles Distant Legend 21.90 15.08.2009
525 Burnt Beans 28.17 20.05.2017
550 Droopys Verve [15] 29.39 12.07.2018
575 Vaguely Noble 30.92 12.07.2016
600 Ballycanal Chief 32.57 15.08.2010
620 Dromana Blue 33.51 05.12.2007
670 Prince Monalulu 36.47 04.02.2005
900 Ballymac Bonnie 49.82 12.07.2016

Previous

Yards Greyhound Time Date Notes
350 Mulcair Jo 18.71 12.07.2006
360 Copeland Ranger 19.43 15.07.2004
360 Lauragh Empire 19.43 13.08.2004
360 Wellington 19.12 30.10.2004
400 Mabels Dilemma 21.11 15.08.2005 Irish Sprint Cup Final
400 Droopys Rodger 21.06 21.07.2006
400 Ciaras Castle 20.96 23.03.2007
400 Gingko 20.95 21.07.2007
400 Heisman [16] 20.94 28.07.2017 Irish Sprint Cup second round
410 Geldrops Touch 21.55 26.02.2005
525 Graigues Dynasty 28.62 01.04.2004
525 Killeigh Grand 28.53 15.10.2004
525 Phoenix Paddy 28.46 03.11.2006
525 Open Door 28.39 12.07.2007
525 Ballymac Tipp 28.31 20.09.2010
550 Hes The Bizz 29.88 05.02.2004
550 Holborn Major 29.85 12.07.2004
550 Like A Shot 29.81 25.02.2005
550 Droopys Electric 29.73 12.07.2006 Dundalk International
550 Si Senor 29.47 12.07.2007
550 Droopys Roddick [17] 29.40 12.07.2016
575 Lunar Boy 31.45 04.09.2004
575 Dromana Blue 31.14 05.12.2007
575 Stateside Troika 31.09 14.12.2013
600 Mobile Dubh 32.90 04.03.2004
600 Grandad Pat 32.84 19.11.2005
600 Fairly Smart 32.82 21.10.2006
600 Ballyhill Beauty 32.59 23.03.2009
620 Air Force Honcho 33.94 22.04.2004
620 Westmead Force 33.93 03.07.2005
620 Martinstown Lass 33.93 15.08.2005
620 Martinstown Lass 33.86 13.01.2006
620 Winetavern Oscar 33.72 04.02.2006
900 Shelbourne Kay 50.61 12.11.2005
900 Hulkster 50.46 12.07.2006
900 Shelbourne Kay 50.14 15.08.2006
900 Flying Winner 49.99 12.07.2008
910 Air Force Honcho 51.08 20.11.2004
960 Beaming Surprise 54.62 22.05.2004
400 H Distant Legend 21.90 15.08.2009

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dundalk Stadium – Irelands only All Weather Horse Racing Track. Greyhound Racing at Dundalk Stadium". dundalkstadium.com.
  2. ^ "About Racecourse". Go Racing.
  3. ^ "Sport - The Times". timesonline.co.uk.
  4. ^ "AIR - Association of Irish Racecourse Owners". air.ie.
  5. ^ http://www.irish-racing.com/v3newsitem?prv=4&prdt=2009-01-16%2010:51:19
  6. ^ Hobbs, Jonathan (2007). Greyhound Annual 2008. Raceform. ISBN 978-1-905153-53-4.
  7. ^ "Dundalk presents all-weather track plan". Irish Examiner.
  8. ^ "Dundalk". Greyhound Data.
  9. ^ Genders, Roy (1981). The Encyclopedia of Greyhound Racing. Pelham Books Ltd. ISBN 07207-1106-1.
  10. ^ "Feature Events" (PDF). Irish Greyhound Board.
  11. ^ Hobbs, Jonathan (2007). Greyhound Annual 2008, page 173. Raceform. ISBN 978-1-905153-53-4.
  12. ^ "Track records". Greyhound Star.
  13. ^ "Dundalk Track records". Greyhound Star.
  14. ^ "400 track record". Irish Greyhound Board.
  15. ^ "Dundalk International final meeting". Irish Greyhound Board.
  16. ^ "400y track record". Irish Greyhound Board.
  17. ^ "Track record 2016". Irish Greyhound Board.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 54°01′14.03″N 6°22′54.38″W / 54.0205639°N 6.3817722°W / 54.0205639; -6.3817722