Dundalk Stadium Racecourse is situated in County Louth in Ireland and is home to both flat horse racing and greyhound racing. The €35 million build boasts a modern grandstand, viewing areas from elevated platforms and modern bars and restaurants. A huge amount of money has been invested into this racecourse and in 2007 the new all-weather course cost a further €24 million to build. The Group 3 Diamond Stakes is the annual feature race held in October. This race was formerly won by Mastercraftsman and Decleration of War. Throughout the season, 38 meetings take place – predominantly in the winter months.
Dundalk Betting Tips
Dundalk racecourse is a floodlit left-handed oval circuit measuring one mile and two furlongs in circumference. The surface is Polytrack and sharp sweeping bends lead onto a home straight of two and a half furlongs. This favours horses with previous course experience and it is also worth noting that there is often a headwind. They introduced a cutaway rail turning onto the home straight to give every horse a fair chance. It is a firm surface and is therefore more suited to the speedier types.
Dundalk Draw Bias
There is a big advantage to be drawn low over 5 furlongs at Dundalk. Nearly twice as many winners come from the inside half as there is a sharp left hand bend that leads onto the home straight. The same can apply to the 6 furlongs so it is a big advantage to be drawn low for the same reasons. There is no strong bias over 7 furlongs as there is a long stretch before they hit the bend so horses from everywhere have time to squeeze into a position they can attack from.
There is a bias to be drawn low over the mile at Dundalk. Yet, interestingly, the very outside stall has a good record. This could be due to the range of options available to jockeys, with the chances of getting boxed in being very slim.
Dundalk Betting Trends
Mick Halford’s horses often perform well at Dundalk races and he has notched up 75 winners from his last 425 runners at the course. Aidan O’Brien, Ger Lyons and John Feane are other trainers who have a good strike rate at the course. The former’s rides should be approached with some trepidation though given their short prices in betting markets; his 21% strike rate is let down by a -£108 loss to level stakes and better value can often be found with other runners in the same race.
No jockey who rides Dundalk regularly records a level stakes profit, despite strike rates of up to 22% (Joseph O’Brien in the last five seasons). This is the most competitive course in Ireland; big field maidens and handicaps are the norm. Colin Keane has ridden 57 winners from his last 410 rides so has ridden the most winners here over the past three seasons. However, if you put £1 on every one of them you would be -£142.19.
Dundalk Feature Races
- “Red God” (Listed) (1m 2f 110y)
- Diamond Stakes (Group 3) (1m 2f 110y)
- Star Appeal Stakes (Listed) (7f)
- Carlingford Stakes (Listed) (1m 2f 110y)