Down Royal racecourse

Along with Downpatrick as the only racecourses in Northern Ireland, Down Royal is best known for its two-day jumps meeting in November featuring the Grade One James Nicholson Wine Merchant Chase, the Killultagh Properties Chase and Anglo Irish Bank Hurdle.

Down Royal is a right-handed, undulating course of one mile and seven furlongs in length with an uphill finish. Its history goes back over 300 years to the reign of James II and was created by royal chartr in 1685. It is 16km south of Belfast City.

Address: Down Royal Racecourse, Maze, Lisburn, Co Down, Northern Ireland, BT27 5RW
Tel: 0044 028 969 1256
Admission: £10 feature Days-excluding the Northern Ireland Festival of Racing; £8 includes free Racecard. Children under 12 free
Road: The racecourse is situated off the main Dublin - Belfast Road (A1). Follow the signs for the Maze
Rail: Lisburn Station
Car park: Free
Flat: There is a chute for the 5 f start, which is one of the fastest in Ireland, there's no advantage in the draw.
Jumps: An almost square right-handed galloping track of nearly 2m in circumference with a downhill run to the straight and a slight uphill finish. 10 fences and 8 hurdles on the circuit.