BALDOYLE RACECOURSE

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Earliest meeting: Thursday 19th March 1868
Final meeting: Saturday 26th August 1972
Baldoyle racecourse was situated a short distance from Dublin in a small coastal area on its north east perimeter. It was a sharp, flat seaside track that witnessed many stars in its history, both on the Flat and over Jumps. Although it staged races prior to 1868 in conjunction with Howth, it held a meeting in its own right on Thursday 19th March 1868. However, it opened for business as a closed park course in May 1874, and benefitted greatly from the significant railway network which enabled over 10,000 enthusiasts to get to the new track from all areas of Ireland. The Dublin Metropolitan meeting was also held at the racecourse, with cards often consisting of Flat and National Hunt races on the same programme. It was a track which constantly attracted good quality horses; indeed the second occasion Pat Taaffe rode the great Arkle was at Baldoyle in the 2 mile Balbriggan Handicap Hurdle. Despite the race being only worth £387 10s, the distance was on the short side for Arkle and the going too fast, so he finished unplaced and showed little evidence of what was to follow. Rated only second to Arkle in the all-time list of Irish Jumping stars, Flyingbolt won the 1964 running of the Killester Hurdle at Baldoyle. Baldoyle was a popular meeting hosting Spring, Early and Late Summer meetings until it closed its gates for the final time on Saturday 26th August 1972.

This racecourse is covered in Volume 4 of Racecourses Here Today and Gone Tomorrow. Ordering details shown below.
Local Patrons Lord Cardinal, Mr R Newcomen
Principal Races Baldoyle Derby, Curragh Plate

Monday 16th March 1891 (Spring Meeting)
The Curragh Plate over 5 furlongs
1. Rathena owned by Mr Westland
2. Lord Cardinal owned by Mr G Orr
3. Bivouac owned by Mr J H Locke

Whit Monday 18th May 1891 (Early Summer Meeting)
The Baldoyle Derby over1 ½ miles
1. Chatterbox owned by Mr H E Linde
2. Rossmore owned by Mr F F Cullen
3. Monica owned by Mr R C Dawson

Monday 3rd August 1891 (Late Summer Meeting)
The Baldoyle Plate over 7 furlongs
1. Maddenstown owned by Mr R Newcomen
2. Cry Help owned by Mr T G Gordon
3. Prefect owned by Mr A Tiernan

In 1919 Snow Maiden won the Baldoyle Derby for J J Maher.


On only the second occasion Pat Taffe rode the great Arkle it was at Baldoyle in the 2 mile Balbriggan Handicap Hurdle. Despite the race being only worth £387 10s the distance was on the short side for Arkle and the going too fast, so he finished unplaced and showed little evidence of what was to follow.


Rated only second to Arkle in the all time list of Irish Jumping stars, Flyingbolt won the 1964 running of the Killester Hurdle at the track.

The final meeting took place on Saturday 26th August 1972

Course today North east coastal area of Dublin. There are ongoing plans to turn the racecourse grounds into a 120 Million Euro housing development.
If you have photos, postcards, racecards. badges, newspaper cuttings or book references about the old course, or can provide a photo of how the ground on which the old racecourse stood looks today, then email johnwslusar@gmail.com

Much of the information about this course has been found using internet research and is in the public domain. However, useful research sources have been:-

London Illustrated News

Racing Illustrated 1895-1899

The Sporting & Dramatic Illustrated

Northern Turf History Volumes 1-4 by J.Fairfax-Blakeborough

The Sporting Magazine

A Long Time Gone by Chris Pitt first published in 1996 ISBN 0 900599 89 8

Racing Calendars which were first published in 1727

ISBN 978-0-9957632-0-3

652 pages

774 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-1-0

352 pages

400 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-2-7

180 pages

140 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-3-4

264 pages

235 former courses

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