WEXFORD RACECOURSE, Co. Wexford
(Gaelic: Loch Garman. Meaning: The Sea Washed Place)
The earliest record of racing in the area is in the 1870s but these races had ceased by 1902. The present racecourse at Bettyville was opened in October 1951.
Wexford Racecourse, and the county in general, is a very friendly, welcoming place (they’re used to being invaded by outsiders such as Vikings and Normans so they know how to deal with strangers). Furthermore it’s located in one of the most pleasant parts of the country, the sunny south-east. It’s true!
Wexford’s average sunshine quota is 4.48 hours per day against the national average of 3.75 hours so it’s much more likely to be sunny for your visit, whatever time of year that is. Even the name of its location, Bettyville, has a titillating appeal that reflects the feeling of bonhomie prevalent at the course.
It’s a fun course. The racing invariably features large fields of competitive flat and jump racing with the top jockeys from both codes in action. There is also an excellent view of the track from the stands. You will find that there is always a warm, lively atmosphere in Wexford.
It is a gently undulating right-handed course of one mile and four furlongs which features flat and National Hunt racing.
For more details, see www.wexfordraces.ie