Clonmel Racecourse has been a very popular Horseracing venue for over 150 years, the venue itself being substantially upgraded with modern facilities over the past decade or so. This is a track which nestles amongst attractive Tipperary countryside and an abundance of mature trees and woodland enhances the quality of the surroundings.
This is one of three racecourses in the county of Tipperary, however it is the only one which provides the punter with year-round racing with 12 annual meetings under the auspices of both National Hunt and Flat rules. The highlights of the racing calendar at this venue all come under the sphere of National Hunt, the best known perhaps being the Grade 2 Clonmel Oil Chase taking place each November
Clonmel Racecourse Location
Clonmel Racecourse is located in the Powerstown area just 2km from the town centre. Local buses connect the track from the centre of Clonmel while by car, the venue is just 30 miles from Waterford Airport and 60 miles away from Shannon and Cork. The wider catchment area includes Kilkenny and Limerick.
The track itself is right handed with a length of one and a half miles. This is a very demanding National Hunt track which starts with a substantial uphill climb, followed by a gradual downhill gradient and a rise to the finish line.
This is a mile-and-a-quarter right-handed oval with the initial part being uphill and a long downhill run towards the two-furlong home straight, the ground being on an uphill gradient at this point. A circuit has seven fences on the chase course and a lengthy run after the third-last, while there are two fences on the home straight and a 150-yard run-in.
Clonmel Racecourse Betting Guide
The draw can make a difference at Clonmel Racecourse, a low draw being a big help on the mile-and-a-half and mile-and-a-quarter starts on quick ground. On softer ground, it tends to be easier for runners to come from off the pace with the stiff finish punishing those who have over-raced in the earlier stages and bringing them back in amongst the closers. This is a track that suits the front-runner if they are generally left to their own devices.
This can be a testing track for riders and unless runners go at a strong pace it can be hard to come from off the pace. This is a good track for those who are good frontrunners and it does produce course specialists. The second last fence can prove a tough obstacle.
Trainers & Jockeys
The top trainers over the past three years have been W P Mullins with a strike rate of 66.67% from his 8 wins from 12 runners. Gordon Elliott has bagged five wins at this venue from 29 entries, thus making his strike rate 17.24%. Cork rider Paul Townsend is the pick of the jockeys with a strike rate of bang-on 50%, seven wins coming from his fourteen runs at this venue.