Bellewstown (Irish: Baile an Bheileogaigh) is a village on the Hill of Crockafotha in County Meath. It is beautifully situated in a rural setting with magnificent views of the Mourne Mountains to the north and the Irish sea to the east. The tradition of summer horse racing at Bellewstown dates back centuries approximately 2000 years and the first record of racing here appears in the August edition of the Dublin Gazette and the Weekly Courier in 1726.
As well as being located in the Royal County of Meath, Bellewstown also boasts royal connections dating back to 1780. George Tandy, a former Mayor of Drogheda and brother of the famous James Napper Tandy, persuaded King George III to sponsor a race at Bellewstown. The race was called His Majesty's Plate and was valued at £100.00, an impressive sum in those times. It has a one mile and one furlong left–handed course, featuring both flat and hurdle racing. The road from Dublin to bellewstown is particularly straight and is believed to have been built by King George III to get to his mistress who lived there.
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