Cork Racecourse is located in the heart of Munster and steeped in the traditions of racing in Ireland. The first Steeplechase ever was run locally between Buttevant and Doneraile over 250 years ago. Chasing from steeple to steeple or point-to-point began in 1752 when Mr. Blake challenged his neighbour Mr. O’Callaghan, to race across country from Buttevant church to Doneraile church some four and a half miles distance and so jump stone walls, ditches and hedges as these presented themselves. By keeping the steeple of the church in sight (steeple chasing) both riders could see their finishing point. A racecourse was established in 1924 in Mallow, partly to compensate for the closure of Cork Park Racecourse.
A massive upgrade saw the present facilities come into being after 1996. Both Jump and Flat racing is now on offer at Cork Racecourse Mallow. The most prestigious races currently are our two Murphys Hurdles sponsored by the local Heineken Brewery, The Cork Grand National, The Hillyway Chase and The Cork Stayers Novice Hurdle.
At early summer fixtures The Kerry Group Ballyogan Stakes, The Blue Wind Stakes and The Platinum Stakes present the best of Flat racing. Famous winners at Cork include, Aintree Grand National Winner Monty’s Pass, Melbourne Cup Winner Media Puzzle as well as National Hunt favourites Timbera, Be My Royal and Kicking King.
How to get there:
- By Road: 35 km north of Cork city. 64 km south of Limerick city. Patrons coming from Cork city or Limerick (N20) go under the railway bridge at the roundabout in Mallow town. Patrons coming from Dublin or Waterford direction (N72 and N73) take the town park bypass to reach the roundabout. The racecourse is on the left out the Killarney road.
- By Rail: Mallow railway station is served by trains from Cork, Dublin, Tralee and Killarney. Free bus shuttle service to and from the race course, before the meeting starts and when it is over.
- From Cork– The train Station in Cork is located on lower Glanmire Rd. Trains from Cork to Mallow run very regular. To access the time table click on www.irishrail.ie .There is a free shuttle bus service to and from the train station to all race meetings. The Shuttle bus times will be posted on our web site a week prior to each race meeting.
- From Dublin– Heuston train station in Dublin run a regular train service from Dublin to Cork through Mallow. To access the time table click on www.irishrail.ie . There is a free shuttle bus service to and from the train station to all race meetings. The Shuttle bus times will be posted on our web site a week prior to each race meeting.
- Bus: A Bus service runs from Cork to Mallow every hour at 25 minutes past the hour, to access the time table click on the link below. There is a free shuttle bus service to and from the town park to all race meetings. The Shuttle bus times will be posted on our web site a week prior to each race meeting.