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07 May 10 12:14
Date Joined: 06 Sep 04
| Topic/replies: 502 | Blogger: ACE KICKER's blog
Courses that horses dont always act on and are ridiculous for outsiders winning. Generally bad tracks.

1. Tramore
2. Killarney
3. Downpatrick
4. Ballinrobe
5. Wexford
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Report kavvie May 7, 2010 12:54 PM BST
killarney one of the best
Report MAGNIER May 7, 2010 12:58 PM BST
bellewstown a shocking omission
Report punchestown May 7, 2010 1:12 PM BST
It's difficult to split a group of turds as they all have revolting properties...we only have a handful of acceptable tracks.
Report Princesse D'Anjou May 7, 2010 1:28 PM BST
Downpatrick sneaked in by mistake (NAP)
Report Over the last May 7, 2010 1:58 PM BST
Thurles and Clonmel haven't changed much since the 80's but do get some decent racing compared to some in that list.
Are we talking about facilities or facilities and track?
Report Swinia May 7, 2010 2:08 PM BST
CrySligo... mother of H Christ how is that omitted
Report moneypenny May 7, 2010 2:35 PM BST
kilbeggan also a shocking omission
Report irishracing May 7, 2010 2:36 PM BST
Tramore, kilbeggan,  downpatrick are dreadful. Sligo, wexford and bellewstown adequate. Killarney a good track imo
Report countychampions May 7, 2010 3:41 PM BST
limerick a **** hole,and badly run
Report ACE KICKER May 7, 2010 4:18 PM BST
track only, yes there are quite a number of other bad tracks but as the topic say 'Top 5', thats my opinion, i've noticed no one has listed 5 in order.
Report MAGNIER May 7, 2010 4:55 PM BST
Report Eye Mall Inn May 7, 2010 5:46 PM BST
Sligo is not nearly as bad as what it was with their new drainage - look at the entries/runners last Sunday.
Report all over May 7, 2010 6:38 PM BST
Report ThunderFromDownUnder May 7, 2010 8:22 PM BST
Report observerirl May 7, 2010 9:01 PM BST
IMO the worst racecourse by far is the Curragh.............for making money that is!!
Report sinndar001 May 7, 2010 9:04 PM BST
observerirl     07 May 10 21:01 
IMO the worst racecourse by far is the Curragh.............for making money that is!!

FFS I couldn't agree more. Close it down!
Report observerirl May 7, 2010 10:06 PM BST
sinn, you might agree with me here but five best in no particular order are,
Wexford, Ballinrobe, Thurles, Cork, Bellewstown followed closely by Killarney and Roscommon........for making money of course. Jeez if I wanted comfort I'd stay in my sitting room.
Report tocky junior May 8, 2010 1:31 AM BST
kilbeggan ,worst track for horse's going wrong and breaking down walked it last year between holes and ruts/dips its designed for breaking down horse's.....
Report Kelly May 8, 2010 1:16 PM BST
Killarney and Ballinrobe are 2 of my favourite tracks , cant see why they would be in anybodys "worst " list .  Apart from the track , which is a bit tight on bends , Killarney is one of the most beautifully situated courses in the world .

Ballinrobe is well run , fairly scenic , and friendly staff .And if you pick your races , you can win money there ( not the 16 runner handicaps , which at any track are just a lottery ) .
Report Santry May 8, 2010 1:48 PM BST
Worst racecourse ive been to is Down Royal . You simply can see nothing but the last two furlongs .
Report Biodiesel May 8, 2010 3:26 PM BST
Killarney in a way is bit of a specialist track, u need a horse with a bit course form to win there. On warm summers evening in Killarney its the closest thing to heaven. The facilities are pretty good and the entertainment is always good afterwards.
Report Artifice May 8, 2010 6:04 PM BST
Killarney is utterly dire
Report st.nic May 8, 2010 6:29 PM BST
will be this week €20 admission at the gate.Do they think people are mad.
Report kincsem May 9, 2010 6:51 AM BST
I spent a miserable day at Sligo once.  Down to my last few coins I backed a nag to place and it won. 
I can't remember much about the course except that it resembled a paper-clip.  I'm not going back to check.
Report Patsy Indy Cline May 9, 2010 9:00 PM BST
Ballinrobe ?

On a nice Summers day, there isn't a better place to be.
Looking across to the back straight with the mountains in the background and a racecard keeping the sun out of your eyes.

Great stuff.
Report Biodiesel May 10, 2010 11:21 AM BST
e15 admin for Killarney
Report Biodiesel May 10, 2010 11:21 AM BST
e15 admin for Killarney
Report by purpose May 10, 2010 4:05 PM BST
Punchestown is the most overrated grade 1 track in the country.
Report punchestown May 10, 2010 4:58 PM BST
Punchestown is the most overrated grade 1 track in the country


Oh no it's notLaugh
Report sgt_howie May 11, 2010 8:40 AM BST
punchestown best irish track ive been to
Report dundalk1977 May 11, 2010 3:57 PM BST
there is a  lot of siht racing at dundalk,the track and facilities are good but they are struggling to get crowds.Even on saturday most pubs got 40 free tickets each and the crowd was still poor.
Report formstar May 13, 2010 6:07 PM BST
Gowran Park doesn't seem fair. Not easy come from off the pace. And not so easy either to anticipate what will be in front-rank when they all start to keep going at one pace from before the straight. I guess in-running is the way to go but are there any layers? It's a pity really because the racing there isn't of a bad quality horse-wise. Is it watering is doing this?
Report Paw for Paw May 13, 2010 6:59 PM BST
Curragh. Soul-less kip!
Report jimeen May 13, 2010 8:20 PM BST
Punchestown is the most over rated grade 1 racecourse in the British isles,they are almost constantly turning and the run in on the chase track is completely inadequate,more than likely if one jumps the last in front,then success is invariably guaranteed.Its undulating in the extreme and the hurdle track unbelievably has a downhill finish.Catering at this racecourse is ordinary to put it mildly,the atmosphere was almost non existant at this years festival,and for quite a few years in fact.Propably a course that is best suited by ease in the ground which reduces the chance of your horse being hampered on the run around the last bend.All in all its a decent enough track and thats all,there are 10 courses in England that would lose it when it comes to both the actual track and of course facilities.Leopardstown,Naas and Navan are much fairer tests as well
Report xis a ruof May 13, 2010 11:48 PM BST
Jim - hard to have a bet when racing on the inside track, but on the main chase/hurdle track, results are fair on whole,no?
Report jimeen May 14, 2010 10:41 AM BST
I wouldnt have a problem with having a bet at it on any of their tracks to be honest,its just that i think its vastly over rated.Facilities wise it wouldnt bother me too much either,although it would be nice to have an option of eating something at a race meeting,i actually think that the inside track as it used invariably when the ground is bad,offers less chance of a hard luck story,as more often than not the horses get strung out and there is an elongated run in as well.Not for a moment am i saying that its one of the worst five racecourses in Ireland,in fact it could be one of the top five,but if it is,its by the skin of its teeth.
Report celticfc123 May 14, 2010 11:31 AM BST
Report roadrunner46 September 30, 2018 8:55 AM BST
Report Racingqueen September 30, 2018 5:36 PM BST
Clonmel is a lovely track but investment in facilities is poor which is a pity as it could be a decent dual track. The Curragh is a 5hithole which is also an absolute pain in the ring to get to.
Report workrider October 1, 2018 3:02 PM BST
Surely one of the best tracks to get to by public transport...
Report foxy October 1, 2018 7:14 PM BST
Not yet been to them all but was disappointed with limerick and cork ,love thurles and fairyhouse,navan is very good in every way.,the racing at Leopardstown makes it special.
Report foxy October 1, 2018 7:15 PM BST
The national hunt at Leopardstown I mean
Report shlotter December 11, 2018 1:31 AM GMT
We should be praising and supporting our racecourses rather then criticising them. If we have to criticise our racecourses then we should do it constructively. I mean given the chance I’d love to close down Down Royal, if I won the Euromillions I’d build a housing estate for Irish people, that’s just personal mind...on it rather then race there, however as Irish people we must all focus on positives with everything rather be critical even though yes it is hard to do so
Report foxy January 9, 2019 5:16 PM GMT
Since my October 1st post I have spent two days at Gowan absolutely loved everything about the place.
Report Nogoody January 10, 2019 5:25 PM GMT
Spent a very pleasant New Year's day at Tramore, my first visit. The view of the track is not great but I knew and expected that but the facilities were first class, the people very friendly  and the racing as good as you'd find anywhere, better than Fairyhouse on the day. I would have no issues with returning.
Report foxy January 11, 2019 9:35 AM GMT
i will be paying my first visit to tramore in august nice to get a good report about the place nogoody.
Report peckerdunne January 11, 2019 10:59 PM GMT
Apparently you can see it well from the cliffs of Dooneen.
Report Nogoody January 12, 2019 10:44 AM GMT
Bring a Pound with you and we'll have a drink Foxy, just don't be expecting Chantilly or Baden Baden , handsome is as handsome does and I'm sure you'll feel welcome.
Report foxy January 12, 2019 11:34 AM GMT
If it’s more like thurles than chantilly then I will be happy nogoody my experience of Ireland suggests a pound won’t get much of a drink.
Report Nogoody January 13, 2019 1:08 PM GMT
It's the thought that counts Foxy, anyway if you catch me on a good day you won't need money.
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