Cork Racecourse is located in the south of Ireland in Mallow, a town in the north of County Cork. The course stages both National Hunt and flat racing. This means that racing takes place all year round. The drainage around the course is rather poor so it’s rare to find good ground at Cork. In fact, the racecourse floods very easily and, as a result, racing has been called off on many occasions. The nearest airports are Cork and Shannon, both are approximately one hour away from the track.
Cork Betting Tips
Cork racecourse is a flat right-handed circuit, oval in shape. It has a 10 furlong circuit and a 12 furlong outer circuit. Cork is an extremely fair race track; wide, open, handy fences and flat, so there are no excuses. The course suits the pacey horse and results have shown that it is definitely an advantage to race prominently. The chase course has eight fences per circuit, three of which come in the home straight.
A six furlong straight course is the flat addition to the round course. Again prominent racers are favoured with races from 7f up to a mile and a quarter starting on a gradual turn so the pace to adopt a position early on is far more valuable than stamina at Cork.
Cork Draw Bias
There is a massive advantage to be drawn high at Cork races over the 5 furlongs. This is also the case over 6 furlongs. However, over 7 furlongs it greatly pays to be drawn low due to the sharp right hand turn the horses have to take. There is no real bias over the mile. But, interestingly, those who come out of Stall 1 tend to do very well.
Cork Betting Trends
On the flat at the Cork races over the past three seasons, Dermot Weld stands head and shoulders above the rest with 17 winners from 67 runners. Unsurprisingly, the jockey to follow is Pat Smullen who has netted 23 winners from 78 runners, amassing nearly £500,000 in prize money along the way.
Over the jumps, Willie Mullins completely dominates with a 53% strike rate over fences and a 43% strike rate over hurdles. This is also Mick Winters’s local track, which is something to consider when selecting your Cork betting tips. It’s a good idea to always watch for what he runs here; he loves a local winner. Paul Townend is the top jockey at Cork, with 19 winners from his last 67 runners.
Cork Feature Races
- Imperial Call Chase (Grade 3) (3m)
- Munster Oaks (Group 3) (1m 4f)
- Give Thanks Stakes (Group 3) (1m 4f)
- Cork E.B.F. Novice Hurdle (Grade 3) (3m)
- Cork E.B.F. Novice Chase (Grade 3) (2m 4f)
- Lombardstown Mares Novice Chase (Grade 3) (2m 1f)