Horseracing in Meath
Where else to go racing than in County Meath. There is plenty of choice. National Hunt and Flat racing is regularly held at Fairyhouse (home of the Irish Grand National) and Bellewstown (for over 300yrs). Navan Racecourse is one of the finest possible tests for National Hunt horses. Laytown is a unique event where the horses race on the beach.
Chasing the wind
It starts with the crack of a gun and finishes three miles and five furlongs later. Between start and finish lurks a world of hazards and hedges, tight corners and broad straights. This is the Irish Grand National at the Fairyhouse Racecourse in Ratoath - Ireland's premier steeplechasing event. An Easter weekend at Fairyhouse recalls the excitement of steeplechasing when it literally meant that - chasing the steeples from one town to the next, accepting all challenges in a breathtaking charge over hill and dale.
Does a more romantic image exist than horses thundering along the beach? Flashing hooves throwing up volleys of sand and surf. Man and beast charging in perfect unison through the most spectacular of natural settings. Well, this image originated in Meath and still exists today where the horses race not only against each other but against the incoming tide.