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Ballinrobe Racecourse is a dual purpose course located in County Mayo and was voted Racecourse of the Year in 2012. Racing is held throughout the summer, from May until September, and is mainly in the evenings, resulting in a fantastic atmosphere. The course can be accessed by bus from Claremorris and the nearest railway station is situated 21 kilometres away.
Ballinrobe Betting Tips
The jump course is a tight, right-handed track of just over a mile. Often described as an oval, it is perhaps better thought of as a triangle; there are two sharp right-handed bends on the left side of the track, and a longer U-shaped bend on the right side is taken before the winning post. This long bend, combined with a short run in of less than 2 furlongs, means that it’s a particularly difficult track to ride. There are tricky fences on the home turn which can be a real test of a horse’s jumping and concentration. Two years ago, the course was extended with a second back straight which was intended to provide extra racing ground. This has also had the effect of making the bends slightly less sharp, giving galloping horses more of a chance.
Run over the same layout as the jumps course, the long home turn is even more important in flat races. Poor cornering can add a number of lengths, so the track layout tends to favour smaller, pacier types who can deal with the sharp bend without coming out too wide or losing too much momentum.
Ballinrobe have produced an excellent drone video which gives a better idea of the tracks and the obstacles horses face. It can be viewed here:
Ballinrobe Draw Bias
The racecourse only runs over one distance that could be affected by draw bias – 6 furlongs. Over a small number of races there does not appear to be any major draw bias. The important factor to consider when selecting Ballinrobe tips is instead a bias towards front runners and pacey horses. Contenders who have previously shown form at either this course or at similarly sharp courses should also be considered more carefully, whereas large, galloping types will often struggle with the bends.
Ballinrobe Betting Trends
Over jumps, both Paul Townend and Paul Carberry have excellent racing records here. Both boast a 24% strike rate over the last five seasons and have +£18 and +£22 level stakes profit totals respectively. Both ride at Ballinrobe racecourse regularly and, considering the unusual layout of the course, having a jockey with a profitable record here is definitely a plus.
On the flat, Pat Smullen leads the standings of jockeys who regularly ride at Ballinrobe, both in terms of strike rate and winners. His ten winners from 43 rides over the last five seasons have, however, resulted in a small level stakes loss. In terms of trainers, A P O’Brien has an excellent record here. He’s had five winners from just 14 runners for an impressive 36% strike rate, resulting in a +£5 level stakes profit; he clearly sends quality horses here.
However, be careful when considering the flat statistics. Since there are very few flat races at Ballinrobe each summer, sample sizes are small.