NAVAN RACECOURSE, Co. Meath
(Gaelic: An Uaimh. Meaning: The Place of the Cave)
Navan is one of the fastest improving courses in Ireland and it shows in the quality of its racing which naturally attracts some of the best horses in the land. It stages both flat and jump racing but it's best known for the latter, especially in the Autumn and Winter months, the wraps come off the jump-racing stars and almost inevitably they will turn up at Navan at some point during the season.
"Sure they would be mad not to" as Hector O'hEochagain might have said about his home town track because Navan's impressive big race schedule offers not just trials for big races elsewhere but lots of races that can stand on their own as important events. This schedule includes the following: Tara Hurdle, Boyne Hurdle, Fortria Chase, Lismullen Hurdle (all worth €50,000), the Barry and Sandra Kelly Memorial Novice Hurdle worth €70,000 and Troytown Chase (€85,000) the showpiece of the season.
What was the line in that film again?
"If you build it they will come", well Navan, through significant investment in the course and generous dollops of prizemoney has attracted large crowds and a list of top-class horses as long as your arm. Recognise some of these? Mac's Joy, Watson Lake, Back In Front, Moscow Flyer, Limestone Lad, Davids Lad, Solerina, Hardy Eustace, Emotional Moment. Thought you might. Well Navan is the place to catch them in action.
The course is left-handed, one mile and two furlongs in length and undulating with a stiff uphill climb to the winning post.
For more details, see www.navanracecourse.ie