2011 Horse Racing Fixture List Announced

2011 Horse Racing Fixture List Announced

-Total Number of Fixtures Reduced by 10-

The 2011 Fixture List has been released today (Monday 6th September 2010) by Horse Racing Ireland.

The key points in relation to the 2011 Fixture List are as follows:-

The total number of fixtures has been reduced by 10 from 345 to 335.
The Flat season will start at the Curragh on Sunday 20th March and end at Dundalk on Friday 16th December.
The Fairyhouse Easter Festival will be run from 24th – 26th April, and due to the late date of Easter, the Punchestown Festival will be run from 3rd – 7th May and the Killarney Spring Festival from 15th – 17th May.

The number of racing days has increased from 264 to 267.

1. Total Number of Fixtures

Given the falling horse population (down 13% at the end of August) and the reduced levels of entries and runners (down 22% and 5% respectively for the first eight months), for the second year a reduction in the total number of fixtures has been approved by the HRI Board. Racecourses to lose fixtures are Cork, the Curragh, Dundalk (2), Fairyhouse, Limerick, Listowel, Punchestown, Sligo and Tipperary.

2. Start/End of the Seasons

Flat – The Flat season will now revert to starting with the traditional opening meeting of the season at the Curragh on Sunday 20th March and its conclusion has been extended by one week to Friday evening 16th December at Dundalk.

National Hunt – The Punchestown Festival will have a later date than normal (3rd – 7th May) in 2011 due to the late date of Easter, with the result that the 2010/11 National Hunt season will end on Saturday 7th May.

3. Saturday Evenings

The total number of Saturday evenings has been reduced from the seven staged in 2010. The two fixtures affected are at Kilbeggan in late April and at Dundalk in early November, both of which have moved a day earlier to Friday evenings. The schedule of Saturday evenings for 2011 is shown below:

Date Racecourse
May 14th Kilbeggan
June 11th Limerick
July 2nd Bellewstown
August 6th Kilbeggan
August 13th Tramore

4. Number of Racedays

The number of calendar days with no racing has been reduced from 101 to 98.This means that there will be three more days with Irish racing in 2011 compared with 2010, which will benefit off-course betting turnover, while the reduction in clashing fixtures will also produce reduced costs for the industry.

Commenting on the 2011 Fixture List, Brian Kavanagh, Chief Executive of HRI, said: “HRI has adopted a prudent course of action in agreeing the 2011 fixture list, faced with a 13% drop in the number of horses in training and the need to maintain the vitality of the racecourse sector. Irish racecourses have fought successfully to attract and hold race-goers in a declining leisure market and, so far this year, have kept attendance levels ahead of the same period last year. All sectors of the industry have endured severe cuts in recent years and the loss of traditional horse-related employment in rural areas is of particular concern. For these reasons the reduction in fixtures has been kept at a modest level, reflecting our confidence that the Government’s close engagement on the issue and the broad acceptance of the need for change among bookmakers has opened up a real prospect that a secure future funding basis will be achieved which will allow the industry to return to growth”.

Attached: The full 2011 Fixture List


2011 Major Racing Festivals

Cork Easter Festival 23rd – 25th April
Fairyhouse Easter Festival 24th – 26th April
Punchestown NH Festival 3rd – 7th May
Killarney Spring Festival 15th – 17th May
Curragh Guineas Festival 21st & 22nd May
Curragh Derby Festival 24th – 26th June
Bellewstown July Festival 1st – 3rd July
Killarney July Festival 11th – 14th July
Galway 25th – 31st July
Tramore 11th – 14th August
Killarney August Festival 23rd – 26th August
Galway Autumn Festival 27th – 29th August
Curragh Leger Festival 10th & 11th September
Listowel Harvest Festival 11th – 17th September
Down Royal Festival 4th – 5th November
Punchestown Winter Festival 19th & 20th November
Fairyhouse Winter Festival 3rd & 4th December
Leopardstown Christmas Festival 26th – 29th December
Limerick Christmas Festival 26th – 29th December


Major Flat Races for 2011

Date Meeting Feature Races

20-Mar-2011 Curragh EBF Park Express Group 3

27-Mar-2011 Leopardstown 1000 Guineas Trial Group 3

27-Mar-2011 Leopardstown 2000 Guineas Trial Group 3

03-Apr-2011 Curragh Gladness Group 3

10-Apr-2011 Leopardstown Ballysax Group 3

02-May-2011 Curragh Tetrarch Group 3

02-May-2011 Curragh Athasi Group 3

02-May-2011 Curragh Mooresbridge Group 3

08-May-2011 Leopardstown Amethyst Group 3

08-May-2011 Leopardstown Derrinstown Derby Trial Group 2

08-May-2011 Leopardstown Derrinstown 1000 Guineas Trial Group 3

11-May-2011 Naas Blue Wind Group 3

21-May-2011 Curragh TRI Equestrian Stakes Group 3

21-May-2011 Curragh Abu Dhabi Irish 2000 Guineas Group 1

21-May-2011 Curragh Weatherbys Greenland Stakes Group 3

22-May-2011 Curragh Airlie Stud Gallinule Group 3

22-May-2011 Curragh Tattersalls Gold Cup Group 1

22-May-2011 Curragh Etihad Airways Irish 1000 Guineas Group 1

29-May-2011 Leopardstown Ballycorus Stakes Group 3

06-Jun-2011 Naas Coolmore Stud Juvenile Fillies Group 3

09-Jun-2011 Leopardstown Ballyogan Stakes Group 3

12-Jun-2011 Cork Kerry Group Noblesse Stakes Group 3

25-Jun-2011 Curragh International Stakes Group 3

25-Jun-2011 Curragh Audi Pretty Polly Stakes Group 1

25-Jun-2011 Curragh At The Races Curragh Cup Group 3

26-Jun-2011 Curragh Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Group 1

26-Jun-2011 Curragh Ladbrokes Railway Stakes Group 2

26-Jun-2011 Curragh Dubai Duty Free Sapphire Stakes Group 3

29-Jun-2011 Fairyhouse Brownstown Stakes Group 3

14-Jul-2011 Leopardstown Silver Flash Stakes Group 3

16-Jul-2011 Curragh Minstrel Stakes Group 3

17-Jul-2011 Curragh Darley Irish Oaks Group 1

17-Jul-2011 Curragh Jebel Ali Anglesey Stakes Group 3

21-Jul-2011 Leopardstown Tyros Stakes Group 3

21-Jul-2011 Leopardstown Meld Stakes Group 3

31-Jul-2011 Cork Give Thanks Stakes Group 3

04-Aug-2011 Leopardstown Ballyroan Stakes Group 3

07-Aug-2011 Curragh Patrick O’Leary Mem Phoenix Sprint Group 3

07-Aug-2011 Curragh Keeneland Royal Whip Group 2

07-Aug-2011 Curragh Keeneland Debutante Stakes Group 2

07-Aug-2011 Curragh Keeneland Phoenix Stakes Group 1

11-Aug-2011 Leopardstown Desmond Stakes Group 3

20-Aug-2011 Curragh Galileo EBF Futurity Stakes Group 2

28-Aug-2011 Curragh Goffs Flying Five Stakes Group 3

28-Aug-2011 Curragh Go & Go Round Tower Stakes Group 3

28-Aug-2011 Curragh Dance Design Group 3

28-Aug-2011 Curragh Moyglare Stud Stakes Group 1

03-Sep-2011 Leopardstown Tattersalls Millions Irish Champion Stakes Group 1

03-Sep-2011 Leopardstown Coolmore Fusaichi Pegasus Matron Stakes Group 1

03-Sep-2011 Leopardstown Kilternan Stakes Group 3

10-Sep-2011 Curragh National Stakes Group 1

10-Sep-2011 Curragh The Irish Field St Leger Stakes Group 1

11-Sep-2011 Curragh Blandford Stakes Group 2

11-Sep-2011 Curragh Renaissance Stakes Group 3

11-Sep-2011 Curragh Solonoway Stakes Group 3

24-Sep-2011 Gowran Park Cordell Lavarack Stakes Group 3

25-Sep-2011 Curragh Juddmonte Beresford Stakes Group 2

25-Sep-2011 Curragh CL Weld Park Stakes Group 3

30-Sep-2011 Dundalk Diamond Stakes Group 3

02-Oct-2011 Tipperary Concorde Stakes Group 3

30-Oct-2011 Leopardstown Killavullan Stakes Group 3


Major NH Races for 2011

Date Meeting Feature Races

02-Jan-2011 Naas Slaney Nov Hdle Grade 2

06-Jan-2011 Thurles Phil Sweeney Chase Grade 3

08-Jan-2011 Punchestown Juvenile Hdle Grade 3

09-Jan-2011 Leopardstown MCR Nov Chase Grade 2

09-Jan-2011 Leopardstown Leopardstown Chase Grade A

09-Jan-2011 Leopardstown MCR H’cap Hdle Grade B

15-Jan-2011 Naas Woodlands Nov Chase Grade 2

15-Jan-2011 Naas Limestone Lad Hdle Grade 3

16-Jan-2011 Fairyhouse Normans Grove Chase Grade 2

20-Jan-2011 Gowran Park Tendrleen Theyestes H’cap Chase Grade A

20-Jan-2011 Gowran Park Galmoy Hdle Grade 2

23-Jan-2011 Leopardstown Toshiba Irish Champion Hdle Grade 1

23-Jan-2011 Leopardstown Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Nov Chase Grade 1

23-Jan-2011 Leopardstown Synergy Security Golden Cygnet Nov Hdle Grade 2

23-Jan-2011 Leopardstown Foxrock H’cap Chase Grade C

27-Jan-2011 Thurles Coolmore EBF Mares Nov Chase Grade 3

27-Jan-2011 Thurles Kinloch Brae Chase Grade 2

30-Jan-2011 Punchestown Moscow Flyer Nov Hdle Grade 2

30-Jan-2011 Punchestown Grand National Trial H’cap Chase Grade C

30-Jan-2011 Punchestown Tied Cottage Chase Grade 2

06-Feb-2011 Leopardstown Deloitte Nov Hdle Grade 1

06-Feb-2011 Leopardstown Dr PJ Moriarty Nov Chase Grade 1

06-Feb-2011 Leopardstown Hennessy Gold Cup Grade 1

06-Feb-2011 Leopardstown Spring 4yo Hdle Grade 1

12-Feb-2011 Gowran Park Red Mills Chase Grade 2

12-Feb-2011 Gowran Park Red Mills Trial Hdle Grade 2

13-Feb-2011 Navan Ladbrokes Boyne Hdle Grade 2

13-Feb-2011 Navan Flyingbolt Nov Chase Grade 2

13-Feb-2011 Navan Ten Up Nov Chase Grade 2

19-Feb-2011 Fairyhouse At The Races Bobbyjo Chase Grade 2

19-Feb-2011 Fairyhouse Winning Fair Juvenile Hdle Grade 2

20-Feb-2011 Naas Paddy Power Nas na Riogh Nov Chase Grade 2

20-Feb-2011 Naas Paddy Power Newlands Chase Grade 2

20-Feb-2011 Naas Paddy Power Johnstown Nov Hdle Grade 2

24-Feb-2011 Thurles Michael Purcell Nov Hdle Grade 2

27-Feb-2011 Leopardstown Carrickmines H’cap Chase Grade B

05-Mar-2011 Gowran Park Shamrock H’cap Chase Grade B

06-Mar-2011 Naas Lucan Racing Leinster National Grade C

13-Mar-2011 Limerick Dawn Run EBF Mares Nov Chase Grade 3

13-Mar-2011 Navan EBF Nov Final H’cap Chase Grade C

26-Mar-2011 Navan An Uaimh Chase Grade 2

03-Apr-2011 Limerick Hugh McMahon Mem Nov Chase Grade 2

24-Apr-2011 Cork Easter H’cap Hdle Grade C

24-Apr-2011 Fairyhouse Rathbarry Nov Hdle Grade 2

24-Apr-2011 Fairyhouse Power Gold Cup Grade 1

24-Apr-2011 Fairyhouse EBF Mares Nov Hdle Final Grade 2

24-Apr-2011 Fairyhouse INHSC Final Nov H’cap Hdle Grade B

25-Apr-2011 Fairyhouse Ladbrokes Irish Grand National (H’cap chase) Grade A

25-Apr-2011 Fairyhouse Arkle Bar Nov H’cap Chase Grade B

25-Apr-2011 Fairyhouse Hdle Grade 2

26-Apr-2011 Fairyhouse H’cap Hdle Grade B

26-Apr-2011 Fairyhouse Festival Nov Hdle Grade 2

26-Apr-2011 Fairyhouse Tattersalls Ire Dan Moore Mem H’cap Chase Grade A

26-Apr-2011 Fairyhouse Weatherbys 4yo Hdle Grade 3

03-May-2011 Punchestown Evening Herald Champion Nov Hdle Grade 1

03-May-2011 Punchestown Growise Nov Chase Grade 1

03-May-2011 Punchestown ’3′ H’cap Hdle Grade C

03-May-2011 Punchestown Boylesports Champion Chase Grade 1

04-May-2011 Punchestown Paddy Power Champion Bumper Grade 1

04-May-2011 Punchestown Madra Novice Hdle Grade 2

04-May-2011 Punchestown Punchestown Guinness Gold Cup Grade 1

04-May-2011 Punchestown Irish Daily Mail H’cap Chase Grade A

05-May-2011 Punchestown Ryanair Nov Chase Grade 1

05-May-2011 Punchestown Ladbrokes World Series Hdle Grade 1

06-May-2011 Punchestown Rabobank Punchestown Champion Hdle Grade 1

06-May-2011 Punchestown Cathal Ryan Mem Champion Nov Hdle Grade 1

06-May-2011 Punchestown Motivatechallenge Nov H’cap Chase Grade A

07-May-2011 Punchestown Tulfarris Hotel Pat Taaffe H’cap Chase Grade B

07-May-2011 Punchestown Champion 4yo Hdle Grade 1

07-May-2011 Punchestown ITBA Mares Hdle Grade 3

07-May-2011 Punchestown www.thetote.com H’cap Hdle Grade B

15-May-2011 Killarney Ladbrokes H’cap Hdle Grade B

17-Jul-2011 Tipperary Grimes Hdle Grade 3

27-Jul-2011 Galway thetote.com Galway Plate (H’cap Chase) Grade A

28-Jul-2011 Galway Guinness Galway Hdle (H’cap) Grade A

25-Aug-2011 Killarney Brandon H’cap Hdle Grade C

25-Aug-2011 Killarney Denny H’cap Chase Grade C

13-Sep-2011 Listowel Lartigue 4yo H’cap Hdle Grade C

14-Sep-2011 Listowel Guinness Kerry National (H’cap Chase) Grade A

15-Sep-2011 Listowel Guinness H’cap Hdle Grade C

26-Sep-2011 Roscommon Kilbegnet Nov Chase Grade 3

30-Sep-2011 Gowran Park Kilkenny Racing Festival H’cap Hdle Grade C

01-Oct-2011 Gowran Park Gowran Champion Chase Grade 2

02-Oct-2011 Tipperary Tipperary Hdle Grade 2

02-Oct-2011 Tipperary Joe Mac Nov Hdle Grade 3

02-Oct-2011 Tipperary Like A Butterfly Nov Chase Grade 3

09-Oct-2011 Limerick Ladbrokes Munster National H’cap Chase Grade A

09-Oct-2011 Limerick PricewaterhouseCooper Chase Grade 3

13-Oct-2011 Punchestown Carvills Hill Chase Grade 3

13-Oct-2011 Punchestown Buck House Nov Chase Grade 3

13-Oct-2011 Punchestown Sheilas Cottage Hurdle Grade 3

16-Oct-2011 Cork Kinsale H’cap Chase Grade B

23-Oct-2011 Galway Ballybrit Nov Chase Grade 3

29-Oct-2011 Naas Poplar Square Chase Grade 3

29-Oct-2011 Naas Brown Lad H’cap Hdle Grade C

04-Nov-2011 Down Royal WKD Hdle Grade 2

04-Nov-2011 Down Royal Hamptons EBF Mares Nov Hdle Grade 3

05-Nov-2011 Down Royal Jnwine.com Champion Chase Grade 1

05-Nov-2011 Down Royal Ladbrokes Skymas Chase Grade 2

06-Nov-2011 Cork Paddy Power EBF Nov Hdle Grade 3

06-Nov-2011 Cork Paddy Power Cork Grand National H’cap Chase Grade B

06-Nov-2011 Cork Paddy Power EBF Nov Chase Grade 3

10-Nov-2011 Clonmel Clonmel Oil Chase Grade 2

10-Nov-2011 Clonmel EBF TA Morris Mem Mares Chase Grade 3

13-Nov-2011 Navan Lismullen Hdle Grade 2

13-Nov-2011 Navan Fortria Chase Grade 2

13-Nov-2011 Navan For Auction Nov Hdle Grade 3

19-Nov-2011 Punchestown Florida Pearl Nov Chase Grade 3

20-Nov-2011 Cork Blackwater H’cap Hdle Grade C

20-Nov-2011 Punchestown Craddockstown Nov Chase Grade 2

20-Nov-2011 Punchestown Morgiana Hdle Grade 1

27-Nov-2011 Navan Monksfield Nov Hdle Grade 2

27-Nov-2011 Navan Troytown H’cap Chase Grade B

03-Dec-2011 Fairyhouse New Stand H’cap Hdle Grade C

03-Dec-2011 Fairyhouse Porterstown H’cap Chase Grade C

04-Dec-2011 Fairyhouse Bar One Hattons Grace Hdle Grade 1

04-Dec-2011 Fairyhouse Bar One Royal Bond Nov Hdle Grade 1

04-Dec-2011 Fairyhouse Winter Festival Juvenile Hdle Grade 3

04-Dec-2011 Fairyhouse Ballyhack H’cap Chase Grade B

04-Dec-2011 Fairyhouse Bar One Drinmore Nov Chase Grade 1

10-Dec-2011 Navan Proudstown H’cap Hdle Grade C

11-Dec-2011 Cork Hilly Way Chase Grade 2

11-Dec-2011 Cork Lombardstown Mares Nov Chase Grade 3

11-Dec-2011 Cork Cork Stayers Nov Hdle Grade 3

11-Dec-2011 Punchestown John Durkan Mem Chase Grade 1

18-Dec-2011 Navan Tara Hdle Grade 2

18-Dec-2011 Navan Barry & Sandra Kelly Mem Nov Hdle Grade 1

18-Dec-2011 Navan Future Champions Bumper Grade 2

26-Dec-2011 Leopardstown Bord Na Mona Nov Chase Grade 1

26-Dec-2011 Leopardstown inforthenight.ie Juv Hdle Grade 2

26-Dec-2011 Limerick Guinness Greenmount Park Nov Chase Grade 2

27-Dec-2011 Leopardstown Paddy Power Future Champions Nov Hdle Grade 1

27-Dec-2011 Leopardstown Paddy Power H’cap Chase Grade B

27-Dec-2011 Leopardstown Paddy Power Dial A Bet Chase Grade 1

27-Dec-2011 Limerick Tim Duggan Mem H’cap Chase Grade B

28-Dec-2011 Leopardstown Lexus Chase Grade 1

28-Dec-2011 Leopardstown Woodies DIY Christmas Hdle Grade 2

28-Dec-2011 Leopardstown Knight Frank Fort Leney Nov Chase Grade 1

28-Dec-2011 Limerick Dorans Pride Nov Hdle Grade 3

29-Dec-2011 Leopardstown December Festival Hdle Grade 1


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