Downpatrick Racecourse is located in County Down, Northern Ireland and not too far from Belfast. Downpatrick hosts National Hunt racing and the feature race of the year is the Ulster National Handicap Chase. This is a race run over a gruelling 3 miles and 4 furlongs.
Downpatrick Betting Tips
Downpatrick is one of the most unique racecourses in the country. It is a very narrow, right-handed course and a full circuit measures 11 furlongs. It certainly isn’t a track that suits the strong gallopers as it includes many undulations, hills, sharp bends and turns. There are six fences on the circuit. Some fences are jumped uphill, which can be very difficult, and others are jumped downhill. The final two fences are extremely close together which can result in carnage before a tough uphill finish to the winning post. When looking for Downpatrick tips, consider course form as it is always a big advantage. This course suits front runners since the track is so narrow it can be difficult to weave a passage from the rear of the field.
Downpatrick Betting Trends
Gordon Elliott has an impressive tally at Downpatrick races. Over the past three seasons he has had 8 winners from his last 39 runners over fences (21%) and 26 winners from 111 runners (23%) over hurdles at the track. Colin Bowe is another man to watch for on the rare occasion he sends a runner to Downpatrick, with 3 wins from his last 8 runners (37.5%). The local trainer is Brian Hamilton who has a 20% strike rate with his hurdlers over the past three seasons. He also knows how to land a bumper here.
Donagh Meyler is an up-and-coming talented young rider and he has ridden three winners from his last five rides over fences at the track. Over hurdles, Ruby Walsh has a 44% win strike rate for the past three seasons at Downpatrick racecourse. However, he no longer ventures this far north too often. From the statistics, it would be wise to follow Nina Carberry, Katie Walsh and Finny Maguire in the bumpers.
Downpatrick Feature Races
- Ulster Grand National (Handicap) (3m 4f)