Last year Downpatrick Racecourse celebrated 330 years of racing in Northern Ireland.
In conjunction with Down Royal Racecourse they rounded off their celebrations in December with the Byerley Turk Ball which raised over €25,000 for the Irish Injured Jockeys Fund, a charity which raises money for jockeys who have been injured while racing. The Byerley Turk is a famous horse that was one of three stallion’s who are the forefathers of almost all of today’s Thoroughbred race horses. He won a race at Downpatrick on Thursday 16th March 1690 while on his way to fight in the Battle of the Boyne. The Ball was a great success and a wonderful night was had by all.
Following on from a hugely successful year the racecourse is hoping to emulate their success for the upcoming 2016 season. On Sunday the 20th of March 2016 Downpatrick Racecourse will hold the Toals Bookmakers Ulster National.
This race meeting is one of the highlights of the racing calendar and this year Downpatrick are holding an exciting ‘Lady with Yellow’ competition where the most glamorous lady on the day wearing a splash of yellow in their outfit will win a Spatisserie Experience at the luxurious Slieve Donard Resort and Spa in Newcastle, Co Down. The yellow theme is to support Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal which takes place in March.
The racecourse offers Hospitality and Punter’s Packages which can be booked online at www.downpatrickracecourse.co.uk. They are also taking bookings from Clubs, Charities or Societies who are looking to raise some much needed funds for their club through a ‘Day at the Races’ Fundraising package. Contact Ashley on 0044 28 4461 2054 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.