Tipperary Racecourse is located at Limerick Junction, just outside of Tipperary town. It hosts both flat and National Hunt racing from April through to October. Tipperary is the closest track to Ballydoyle headquarters which has seen some of the greats run as two-year-olds, such as Dylan Thomas and High Chaparral. The most valuable races take place towards the end of their racing calendar on ‘Super Sunday’ in October, the best of which being the Grade 2 Tipperary Hurdle.
Tipperary Betting Tips
The jump course is a left-handed track of approximately 1 mile 1 furlong in length and generally rides quickly. With only six fences to a circuit, good galloping horses have a handy advantage before meeting the final two fences in the two and a half furlong run in. Our Tipperary tips consider the fact that horses don’t tend to come back too easily once clear on the flat straight.
The main flat course is oval shaped and measures 1 mile 2 furlongs in distance. It has a chute of 5 furlongs that joins on to the main track at the turn in to the run in. The course is a fair one which usually leaves little excuse for the best horse to win a race. Tipperary races is renowned for being one of the speediest courses in Ireland.
Tipperary Draw Bias
Over 5 furlongs at Tipperary races there is a slight bias towards the higher drawn runners, especially when the ground turns softer. For 7 furlong races, a middle to high draw is preferred as those horses will generally be coming down the stands side of the straight.
Tipperary Betting Trends
The best horse will often win at Tipperary races and that’s shown by the leading trainers in both codes. Local stable Ballydoyle have a good record on the flat track with a strike rate of 26.79%. However, it’s Dermot Weld who leads the way in terms of prize money, wracking up a massive €258,765 from 52 runners in the last three years. Over the jumps it’s all about the Willie Mullins yard. They have incredible win percentages in all forms of the game – chasing (50%), hurdling (33.33%) and bumpers (57.14%).
Recently retired flat jockey Joseph O’Brien has the best record on the flat, with seven wins and seven places from his 24 rides since 2013. Of the jockeys still riding, Billy Lee has the next best record, with 14 winners and 20 places from 64 starts. Ruby Walsh’s six chase rides at Tipperary races in the last three years have produced three winners and a huge €44,520 in prizes. He also boasts a 25% strike rate from 20 rides over hurdles and has pocketed more than €100,000 for connections.
Tipperary Feature Races
- Fairy Bridge Stakes (Group 3) (7f 100y)
- Dalores Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle (Grade 3) (2m)
- Concorde Stakes (Group 3) (7f 100y)
- Tipperary Hurdle (Grade 2) (2m)
- Like A Butterfly Novice Chase (Grade 3) (2m 4f)