Ballinrobe Racecourse

  • Saturday 5th May has been designated Mayo Day 2018.

    This is the fourth year of Mayo Day, which celebrates Mayo and its people, here and abroad.

    In recent years, activities have taken place locally, nationally and internationally to celebrate Mayo Day, and this year the Mayo Day flagship event, called “Made of Mayo” will be held at Ballinrobe Racecourse.

    The event will showcase Mayo food produce, craft and design alongside an art exhibition, live music and a family festival.

    “Made of Mayo” will be a free event for families on 5th May, and was launched at Ballinrobe Racecourse today.

    Further details are available on


  • People attending Ballinrobe Races this evening can also enjoy free WiFi -and  Ballinrobe Racecourse has become the first Irish racecourse to offer the service.

    There's a 7-race card in Ballinrobe this evening, with the first race off at 5.50.

    Manager John Flannelly says those attending can now enjoy free Wifi, and it's another first for Ballinrobe racecourse....

  • Ballinrobe Racecourse today launch their 2019 season at the racetrack, with ten evening race meetings scheduled between April and September, comprising eight National Hunt and two Flat meetings, with total prizemoney of over €1million on offer. 
    One of the highlights of the Ballinrobe fixture list is the McHale Raceday on Tuesday May 28, sponsored by specialist farm machinery company, McHale, now in their sixth year of sponsorship. Feature races on the day include the McHale Mayo National of €50,000 and the McHale Mayo Hurdle of €50,000, both the most valuable races to be run at Ballinrobe this season.
    The Vaughan Shoes Ladies Day on June 24 is also a hugely popular event and this year will be judged by fashion stylist with Ireland AM, Mandy Maher of Catwalk Model Agency, Galway, with a cash prize of €1,500 up for grabs.  With shops in Ballinrobe, Claremorris and Castlebar, Vaughan Shoes is one of the leading shoe store chains in the west of Ireland.
    Family day at Ballinrobe Racecourse takes place on July 22, a meeting which was very well-received by local families last year and a wide range of free, fun activities are planned for children of all ages.
    John Flannelly, Manager of Ballinrobe Racecourse, said: We are delighted to be launching our 2019 racing season here at Ballinrobe. We have an exciting racing programme lined up with record prizemoney. We are delighted that McHale are once again sponsoring the hugely popular McHale Raceday with two races valued at €50,000 on the day. The ever-popular Vaughan Shoes Ladies Day will take place on June 24th this year. I would like to thank all our sponsors, including a number of new sponsors this year for their wonderful support and commitment to Ballinrobe Racecourse over the years. We look forward to welcoming everyone back racing on Friday evening, April 12th.”
    The season kicks off on Friday April 12 with ‘Friday Night Fever’ – a package available to groups of ten or more to include admission, racecard, €5 Tote bet and a glass of wine or a pint, all for €20! For further information and ticket bookings visit
    Ballinrobe Fixtures 2019
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  • There's racing taking place today at Ballinrobe.

    Horse Racing has been taking place at the present venue since 1921 and prior to that at other locations around the town, with Race meetings recorded as far back as 1774.

    Ballinrobe Racecourse was named ‘Racecourse of the Year’ in 2012 by the Irish Racegoers Consultative forum.

    The first of seven at the Mayo racecourse goes to post at 5.35.

    Our racing tip comes in the 7.10 race Turnberry Isle.

  • Ballinrobe will open its doors for the first time this year this evening, where a seven-race card kicks off with the BetVictor Mares Maiden Hurdle at 4.50.

    Champion trainer Willie Mullins looks to hold the key with the Paul Townend-ridden Andalusa, likely to go off a short price.

    Mullins has strong claims in the following Mulholland Bookmakers (C & G) Maiden Hurdle (5.25) as well, with Defy Du Mee and Kolumbus leading the charge.

    One of the more interesting races of the evening is the McGrath Limestone Works Handicap Hurdle (6.00) where Mullins again has strong claims with La Sorelita.

    With the first off at 4.50, the ground at Ballinrobe is yielding.


  • Mayo Day is taking place today – with events being held all over the county and further afield to mark the occasion.

    This year the flagship event is ‘Made of Mayo’, which is running at Ballinrobe Racecourse.

    The multifaceted event includes a Mayo Artists Exhibition, a Literary Lounge, photographic exhibition, a workshop hub, make up demonstrations, sports enclosure, craft and design, music and food village and special guests.

    It is underway since 12 noon today and run until 6pm – admission is free.

  • The McHale raceday, one of the highlights of the 2018 Ballinrobe fixtures list, sponsored by local specialist farm machinery company, McHale, takes place on Tuesday May 29, part of the two-day National Hunt May racing festival at Ballinrobe.
    The feature race on Tuesday, the McHale Mayo National, won last year by Kilcarry Bridge, trained by John Patrick Ryan, is valued at €40,000, making it the most valuable race at Ballinrobe this year.  Another highlight of the evening is the McHale Coranna Handicap, worth €30,000.
    Monday evening May 28 is an all National Hunt card featuring the €30,000 Monroes Live Mares Handicap.
    Racing begins at 5:30pm on both evenings and racegoers can also enjoy live music by Streetwise in the Mask Pavilion.
    Book online at and receive a special 20% discount off McHale raceday admission tickets. There are also great offers available to groups – for further information contact the office on 094-9541811, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Ballinrobe Fixtures 2018
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  • There is a seven-race card at Ballinrobe this afternoon.

    The programme at the Mayo track gets underway at 1.05pm.

  • The future of flat racing in Ballinrobe comes under the spotlight this morning (Monday) following last Monday’s card at the Ballinrobe track being abandoned after three of the eight race card.

    It’s understood that authorities in the racing industry are meeting with the track’s management this morning  before a press statement is released later today.