Down Royal Racecourse is located near Lisburn in Northern Ireland and is home to one of the biggest chases of the calendar year, the JNWine.com Champion Chase. This is a dual purpose racecourse, with both jumps and flat racing taking place all year. The most valuable flat race on Down Royal’s racing calendar is the Ulster Derby. Although this racecourse is situated in the United Kingdom, it falls under Horse Racing Ireland’s authority, as do all racecourses in Northern Ireland. The course is located just 16 kilometres south of Belfast, making it very accessible.
Down Royal Betting Tips
Down Royal racecourse is a right-handed circuit measuring just short of two miles. . There are ten fences to a circuit on the chase course and it is also an extremely difficult finish, with four of those fences coming over the last 4 furlongs. The chase track is situated on the wide outside. Often jockeys will steer a wide course in search of better ground.
There are many undulations on the flat course, especially in the last mile of the race which can be very tricky to navigate. It is a big track and ideally you need a horse with plenty of pace as there are many turns. The 5f course starts on a chute that runs downhill initially so it is vital to be on a horse that has a high cruising speed.
Down Royal Draw Bias
Over 5 furlongs at the Down Royal races it pays to be drawn middle or high. This is because the high stalls are located by the stands side rail, so the nearer a horse is to the rail, the more ground they save. The 5 furlong trip also has a sharp right hand bend which would explain it. Over 7 furlongs there is a very similar bias. However, from 1 mile 2 furlongs and upwards there is no bias of note.
Down Royal Betting Trends
Over the last three years, Jim Bolger has been the top trainer at the Down Royal races on the flat. This is something to bear in mind when searching for your Down Royal betting tips. He has an impressive 29% strike rate from his last 17 runners, returning a profit of just under +£20 to level stakes. Chris Hayes has been the most successful flat jockey at Down Royal over the same period, with nine winners from his 54 rides, returning a stunning level stakes profit of +£40.
On the jumps, it is Gordon Elliott who leads the way, with 23 winners from his last 131 runners at the course. He is currently building a brilliant empire and Gigginstown have left Willie Mullins. This means that, consequently, Elliott will reap the rewards. Keep an eye out for Dermot McLoughlin who has a 100% strike rate in Down Royal bumpers in recent years (2/2). Young prodigy Jack Kennedy is the top jockey at Down Royal and he does particularly well over the larger obstacles.
Down Royal Feature Races
- Ulster Derby (Handicap) (1m 4f 190y)
- Down Royal Mares Novice Hurdle (Grade 3) (2m)
- WKD Hurdle (Grade 2) (2m)
- JNWine.com Champion Chase (Grade 1) (3m)
- Skymas Chase (Grade 2) (2m 4f)