RACING ACTION

Enjoy some of the best horse racing Ireland has to offer at Cork Racecourse Mallow!

Racing Home for Easter Festival Mallow

Cork Racecourse Mallow is one of Ireland’s premier horse racing courses. Located just outside Mallow, at the crossroads of Munster, the course provides options for all visitors, from VIP corporate boxes, 4 course restaurant packages, social deals, and discounted group entry.

This 3 day festival meeting has something on offer for everyone and Cork Racecourse runs a FREE shuttle bus service to and from the racecourse to Mallow Train Station & Mallow Town each day. Children 14 & under get FREE admission.

To find out more call 353-22-50207, email  info@corkracecourse.ie or…

15th April

EASTER SATURDAY

Day 1

First race off at 2pm, gates open at 12 noon.

Seven race Flat card.

Admission – €15 Adult, €10 Student/OAP

Race Day Packages available

Total Prize Money on offer of €90,000

The Festival kicks off on day one with an all Flat Racing card on Easter Saturday. There will be no shortage of thrilling action out on track for racegoers to enjoy as the Flat season begins to take the spotlight once again. We are delighted and excited in equal measure at hosting such a quality seven race card with total prize money of €90,000 up for grabs.

Our feature race of the day is the ultra-competitive ‘Cork Handicap’ over one mile, two furlongs. Last year’s renewal didn’t disappoint with Heartbreak City powering clear to an impressive twelve length victory with Seamie Heffernan aboard. This was to be the first of four wins for Tony Martin’s charge throughout last season. These included a valuable handicap hurdle at Galway followed by the prestigious Ebor Handicap at York. Of course, Heartbreak City’s season would culminate in agonising defeat in November’s Melbourne Cup after a cracking effort.

Last year’s Easter Saturday card also saw two future Classic winners take their maidens on the way to Group One success. Jet Setting was a comfortable winner of the fillies’ maiden for trainer Adrian Keatley and rider Shane Foley. She would go on to take the Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh in May. A star was born in our final race of the day as Dermot Weld’s Harzand romped to an easy sixteen length victory with champion jockey Pat Smullen aboard. The son of Sea the Stars would go on to taste Epsom Derby success in June.

16th April

EASTER SUNDAY

Day 2

First race off at 2pm. Gates open at 12 noon.

Eight race National Hunt card.

Admission – €15 Adult, €10 Student/ OAP

Race Day Packages available

Total Prize Money on offer of €140,000

Day two of the Festival sees jumps action return once again to the track. The feature race of day two is the Grade 3 Imperial Call Chase run over three miles. Last year’s edition saw Fine Rightly stay on strongly and win by an impressive ten lengths margin for trainer Stuart Crawford and jockey Andrew Lynch.

The Grade C Easter Handicap Hurdle ran over two miles and three furlongs always attracts a competitive field and last year saw Last Goodbye win by a length for Ms. Liz Doyle with top claimer Donagh Meyler on pilot duty. With prize money of €30,000 up for grabs this year’s race will no doubt be as strong as ever.

On what is always a day to celebrate National Hunt Racing in Cork, last year saw plenty of success for local connections with winners on the day for trainers Willy Burke, Mick Winters and jockey Maxine O’Sullivan to name but a few.

Easter Sunday is the busiest day of the 3 day race meeting, with thousands of hopefuls adding lots of glamour as the racecourse hosts Most Stylish Sunday with thousands of euro worth of prizes on offer for the most stylish lady and gent on the day.

Not forgetting the little ones, there’s plenty of FREE entertainment laid on for them including an Easter Egg hunt, face painting & lots more.

17th April

EASTER MONDAY

Day 3

First race off at 1.50pm with gates open at 11.50am.

Eight race mixed card.

Admission – €15 Adult, €10 Student/ OAP

Race Day Packages available

Total Prize Money on offer €116,000

Our Easter Monday card sees a brilliant mix of high class Flat Racing, Hunter Chasing and Point-to-Point Flat Races. This card offers a feast of action for all Horse Racing fans to enjoy.

The Cork Stakes, a listed race ran over six furlongs and worth €45,000 in prize money gets the action underway in style. Last year saw a real eye catching display from Dermot Weld’s classy sprinter, Bobby’s Kitten, who made light work of a classy field. Two fiercely competitive handicaps conclude our Flat Racing for the day.

Last year saw Hunter Chase legend and past Cheltenham Festival hero, Salsify take victory in the Jack Tyner Memorial Steeplechase for trainer Rodger Sweeney. Our point-to-point flat races produced two real classy winners in the shape of Impulsive Star and Don’t Kick Nor Bite in the mares race for Cork handlers Sean O’Brien and Robert Tyner respectively. Come and see what future National Hunt stars our point-to-points produce this year.