List of Irish National Hunt races

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A list of notable National Hunt horse races which take place annually in Ireland, under the authority of Horse Racing Ireland, including all races which currently hold Grade 1 or Grade 2 status.

Contents

Grade 1

Month
Race Name
Type
Racecourse
Distance
Age
2020-21 winner
November Ladbrokes Champion Chase Chase Down Royal 3m5yo +The Storyteller
November Morgiana Hurdle Hurdle Punchestown 2m4yo +Abacadabras
Nov / Dec Royal Bond Novice Hurdle Hurdle Fairyhouse 2m4yo +Ballyadam
Nov / Dec Drinmore Novice Chase Chase Fairyhouse 2m 4f5yo +Envoi Allen
Nov / Dec Hatton's Grace Hurdle Hurdle Fairyhouse 2m 4f4yo + Honeysuckle
December John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase Chase Punchestown 2m 4f5yo +Min
December Racing Post Novice Chase Chase Leopardstown 2m 1f4yo +Franco De Port
December Faugheen Novice Chase Chase Limerick 2m 3½f4yo +Colreevy
December Paddy's Reward Club Chase Chase Leopardstown 2m 1f5yo +Chacun Pour Soi
December Future Champions Novice Hurdle Hurdle Leopardstown 2m4yo +Appreciate It
December Christmas Hurdle Hurdle Leopardstown 3m4yo + Flooring Porter
December Savills Chase Chase Leopardstown 3m5yo +A Plus Tard
December Matheson Hurdle Hurdle Leopardstown 2m4yo +Sharjah
December Neville Hotels Novice Chase Chase Leopardstown 3m4yo +Monkfish
January Lawlor's of Naas Novice Hurdle Hurdle Naas 2m 4f5yo +Bob Olinger
February Golden Cygnet Novice Hurdle Hurdle Leopardstown 2m 6f5yo +Gaillard Du Mesnil
February Dublin Chase Chase Leopardstown 2m 1f5yo +Chacun Pour Soi
February Arkle Novice Chase Chase Leopardstown 2m 1f5yo +Energumene
February Irish Champion Hurdle Hurdle Leopardstown 2m4yo + Honeysuckle
February Spring Juvenile Hurdle Hurdle Leopardstown 2m4yoQuilixios
February Chanelle Pharma Novice Hurdle Hurdle Leopardstown 2m5yo +Appreciate It
February Dr P. J. Moriarty Novice Chase Chase Leopardstown 2m 5f5yo +Monkfish
February Irish Gold Cup Chase Leopardstown 3m5yo +Kemboy
April Mares Novice Hurdle Championship Final Hurdle Fairyhouse 2m 4f4yo + mSkyace
April Underwriting Exchange Gold Cup Chase Fairyhouse 2m 4f5yo +Janidil
April / May Ecomm Merchant Solutions Champion Nov Hurdle Hurdle Punchestown 2m5yo +Echoes In Rain
April / May William Hill Champion Chase Chase Punchestown 2m5yo +Chacun Pour Soi
April / May Dooley Insurance Group Champion Novice Chase Chase Punchestown 3m 1f5yo +Colreevy
April / May Irish Mirror Novice Hurdle Hurdle Punchestown 3m4yo +Galopin Des Champs
April / May Punchestown Gold Cup Chase Punchestown 3m 1f5yo +Clan des Obeaux
April / May Champion INH Flat Race Flat Punchestown 2m 4–7yoKilcruit
April / May Champion Stayers Hurdle Hurdle Punchestown 3m4yo +Klassical Dream
April / May Ryanair Novice Chase Chase Punchestown 2m5yo +Energumene
April / May Punchestown Champion Hurdle Hurdle Punchestown 2m4yo + Honeysuckle
April / May Alanna Homes Champion Novice Hurdle Hurdle Punchestown 2m 4f4yo +Gaillard Du Mesnil
April / May Champion Four Year Old Hurdle Hurdle Punchestown 2m4yoJeff Kidder
April / May Mares Champion Hurdle Hurdle Punchestown 2m 4f4yo + mStormy Ireland

Grade 2

Month
Race Name
Type
Racecourse
Distance
Age
2020-21 winner
October Gowran Park Champion Chase Chase Gowran Park 2m 4f5yo +Easy Game
October Istabraq Hurdle Hurdle Tipperary 2m4yo +Saint Roi
November WKD Hurdle Hurdle Down Royal 2m4yo +Aspire Tower
November Skymas Chase Chase Down Royal 2m 4f5yo +Battleoverdoyen
November Lismullen Hurdle Hurdle Navan 2m 4f4yo +Sire Du Berlais
November Fortria Chase Chase Navan 2m5yo +Castlegrace Paddy
November Clonmel Oil Chase Chase Clonmel 2m 4f5yo +Bachasson
November Craddockstown Novice Chase Chase Punchestown 2m4yo +Felix Desjy
November Florida Pearl Novice Chase Chase Punchestown 2m 6½f5yo +Pencilfulloflead
December Navan Novice Hurdle Hurdle Navan 2m 4f4yo +Ashdale Bob
December Hilly Way Chase Chase Cork 2m5yo +Chacun Pour Soi
December Dorans Pride Novice Hurdle Hurdle Limerick 3m4yo +Farouk D'Alene
December Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle Hurdle Leopardstown 2m3yoZanahiyr
December Sporting Limerick 4yo Hurdle Hurdle Limerick 2m4yoGrand Roi
January Coolmore Mares Novice Chase Chase Thurles 2m 4f5yo +Colreevy
January Galmoy Hurdle Hurdle Gowran Park 3m5yo +Sams Profile
January Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle Hurdle Punchestown 2m5yo +Dreal Deal
January Horse & Jockey Hotel Chase Chase Thurles 2m 4½f6yo +Allaho
January Coolmore NH Sires Kew Gardens Mares Novice Chase Chase Thurles 2m 4½f5yo + mColreevy
February Boyne Hurdle Hurdle Navan 2m 5f5yo +Beacon Edge
February Ten Up Novice Chase Chase Navan 3m5yo +Coko Beach
February Red Mills Chase Chase Gowran Park 2m 4f5yo +Bachasson
February Johnstown Novice Hurdle Hurdle Naas 2m4yo +Echoes in Rain
March Dawn Run Mares Novice Chase Chase Limerick 2m 6f5yo +Scarlet And Dove
March Webster Cup Chase Chase Navan 2m5yo +Any Second Now
March / April Underwriting Exchange Hurdle Hurdle Fairyhouse 2m 4f5yo +Stormy Ireland
March / April Festival Novice Hurdle Hurdle Fairyhouse 2m 4f4yo +Ashdale Bob
March / April Dunboyne Castle Novice Hurdle Hurdle Fairyhouse 2m4yo +Echoes In Rain
March / April Devenish Chase Chase Fairyhouse 2m 4f5yo +Easy Game
April Avoca Dunboyne Juvenile Hurdle Hurdle Fairyhouse 2m4yoJeff Kidder
April Hugh McMahon Novice Chase Chase Limerick 3m5yo +Chatham Street Lad

Grade 3

MonthRace NameTypeRacecourseDistanceAge2021-22 winner
July Grimes Hurdle Hurdle Tipperary 2m4yo +Sole Pretender
July Ballybrit Novice Chase Chase Galway 2m 1f4yo +Fan De Blues
Sept / October Kilbegnet Novice Chase Chase Roscommon 2m4yo +
October Joe Mac Novice Hurdle Hurdle Tipperary 2m4yo +
October Like A Butterfly Novice Chase Chase Tipperary 2m 4f4yo +
October Buck House Novice Chase Chase Punchestown 2m 2f4yo +
October Irish Daily Star Chase Chase Punchestown 3m 1f5yo +
Oct / Nov Poplar Square Chase Chase Naas 2m5yo +
November Down Royal Mares Novice Hurdle Hurdle Down Royal 2m4yo +
November Cork E.B.F. Novice Chase Chase Cork 2m 4f5yo +
November Fishery Lane Hurdle Hurdle Naas 2m4yo
November For Auction Novice Hurdle Hurdle Navan 2m4yo +
November Monksfield Novice Hurdle Hurdle Navan 2m 4f4yo +
December Bar One Racing Juvenile Hurdle Hurdle Fairyhouse 2m3yo
December Klairon Davis Novice Chase Chase Navan 2m 1f4yo +
December Lombardstown Mares Novice Chase Chase Cork 2m 1f4yo +
December Cork Stayers Novice Hurdle Hurdle Cork 3m4yo +
December Leopardstown E.B.F. Mares Hurdle Hurdle Leopardstown 2m 4f4yo +
January Metal Man Chase Chase Tramore 2m 5f5yo +
January Limestone Lad Hurdle Hurdle Naas 2m 3f5yo +
January Naas Racecourse Business Club Novice Chase Chase Naas 3m5yo +
January Killiney Novice Chase Chase Punchestown 2m 4f5yo +
January Solerina Mares Novice Hurdle Hurdle Fairyhouse 2m 2f4yo +
February Mercedes-Benz Novice Hurdle Hurdle Clonmel 3m4yo +
February Flyingbolt Novice Chase Chase Navan 2m5yo +
February Red Mills Trial Hurdle Hurdle Gowran Park 2m4yo +
February Quevega Mares Hurdle Chase Punchestown 2m 4f4yo + m
February Michael Purcell Novice Hurdle Hurdle Thurles 2m 4f5yo +
February Newlands Chase Chase Naas 2m5yo +
February Winning Fair Juvenile Hurdle Hurdle Fairyhouse 2m4yo
February Bobbyjo Chase Chase Fairyhouse 3m 1f5yo +
March Kingsfurze Novice Hurdle Hurdle Naas 2m4yo +
March Naas Directors Plate Novice Chase Chase Naas 2m 4f5yo +
March Limerick E.B.F. Mares Novice Hurdle Hurdle Limerick 2m4yo +
March Native Upmanship Novice Chase Chase Thurles 2m 2f5yo +
April Imperial Call Chase Chase Cork 3m5yo +
April John and Chich Fowler Memorial Mares Chase Chase Fairyhouse 2m 4f5yo +
April / May Weatherbys Ireland EBF Mares Bumper Flat Punchestown 2m 4–7yo
May An Riocht Chase Chase Killarney 2m 4½f5yo +

Selected other races

Month
Race Name
Type
Racecourse
Distance
Age
2021-22 winner
July / Aug Galway Plate Chase Galway 2m 6f4yo +Royal Rendezvous
July / Aug Galway Hurdle Hurdle Galway 2m4yo +Saldier
SeptemberKerry NationalChase Listowel 3m4yo +Assemble
October Fergus O'Toole Memorial Novice Hurdle Hurdle Limerick 2m 5f4yo +
November Grabel Mares Hurdle Hurdle Punchestown 2m 2f4yo +
November Cork E.B.F. Novice Hurdle Hurdle Cork 3m4yo +
November T.A. Morris Memorial Mares Chase Chase Clonmel 2m 4f4yo +
November John Meagher Memorial Chase Chase Thurles 2m 6f5yo +
December Tara Hurdle Hurdle Navan 2m 4f4yo +
December Future Champ INH Flat Race Flat Navan 2m 4–7yo
January Thyestes Chase Chase Gowran Park 3m5yo +
January Ladbrokes Hurdle Hurdle Leopardstown 2m4yo +
February Nas Na Riogh Novice Chase Chase Naas 2m 4f5yo +
March / April Irish Grand National Chase Fairyhouse 3m 5f5yo +

Discontinued

Last Run
Race Name
Type
Racecourse
Distance
Age
February 2017 Tied Cottage Chase Chase Punchestown 2m5yo +
April 2017 Normans Grove Chase Chase Fairyhouse 2m 1f5yo +

Distances in miles and furlongs

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The Ballybrit Novice Chase is a Grade 3 National Hunt chase in Ireland which is open to horses aged four years or older. The race is run at Galway Racecourse, over a distance of 2 miles and 1 furlong.

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