Naas Racecourse - History & Key Racing Facts

Naas is highly regarded throughout Ireland due to its long connection with horse racing. The area is the proud home to two of the country’s most well-known sporting facilities - Naas and Punchestown Racecourse. To this day, it remains one the world’s leading destinations for both local horse racing adherents as well as national racing enthusiasts. It is one of the very few Irish towns that have become synonymous with top quality equestrian culture.

Work at Naas started in January 1921, and this was followed by the notable formation of the historic Naas Races Company before the end of 1922. The globally regarded Company staged their first race meeting in June 1924, and the prominent racecourse shortly after proved immensely popular with locals and among horse racing fans from across the region and the country at large.

Although the facility lacked the first-rate structural amenities that British racecourses boasted at the time, it nonetheless continued providing the local community with the sporting thrill that they wanted. For being particularly famous among the Irish citizens of the 20th century, Naas Racecourse systematically advanced in terms of infrastructural facilities and racing quality to cut itself a high-status category as one of Europe’s foremost horse sporting establishments.

Naas is found in County Kildare, Ireland, an estimated 18 miles away from the capital city -Dublin. The racecourse stages both Flat and National Hunt sporting fixtures and in mid-2010 about fifteen sporting meetings were convened at the site. The racecourse is generally left-handed with an uphill finish. 

Naas Racecourse hosts many Grade 2 National Hunt track events that comprise the seasonal Nas Na Riogh Novice Chase and the widely publicised Johnstown Novice Hurdle, as well as one Group Three flat race. A noteworthy flat race event, the universally renowned Fillies' Sprint Stakes, proudly hosted the Group Three status starting from 2006 up to 2010. Top class horses have participated in major races at Naas including Ragusa, the historically popularised 1963 Irish Derby, the legendary Eclipse Stakes winner, the invincible Arkle, the unbeatable champion of the famous Cheltenham Gold Cup for three consecutive years - 1964,1965 and 1966. 

Again, Naas is a top center for hospitality services. For instance, the racecourse’s affordable dining and accommodation packages are among the very best not only in Ireland but also throughout the whole continent. There are numerous options for both private and public packages that you can choose from, depending on your individual needs. Most notably, the facility’s competent management has exquisite private box facilities that offer you a chance to follow your sporting events from the comfort of your own private box. 

Moreover, Naas Racecourse features excellent corporate conferencing and state-of-the-art social meeting facilities that you cannot find in many other equestrian racing centers out there. Most importantly, these outstanding corporate and social packages for business-related gatherings and social meetings are competitively priced and thoroughly customized to meet your personal tastes and specifications. You only need to closely liaise with the Naas hospitality department's support staff in time and have all the preparatory arrangements in place ahead of your social/corporate function.

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Contact details: Naas Racecourse, Tipper Road, Naas, Co. Kildare, Ireland

Tel: 0035 (0) 45 897391

Email: goracing@naasracecourse.com  

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