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.
|Month||Race Name||Type||Racecourse||Distance †||Age||2020-21 winner|
|November||Ladbrokes Champion Chase||Chase||Down Royal||3m||5yo +||The Storyteller|
|November||Morgiana Hurdle||Hurdle||Punchestown||2m||4yo +||Abacadabras|
|Nov / Dec||Royal Bond Novice Hurdle||Hurdle||Fairyhouse||2m||4yo +||Ballyadam|
|Nov / Dec||Drinmore Novice Chase||Chase||Fairyhouse||2m 4f||5yo +||Envoi Allen|
|Nov / Dec||Hatton's Grace Hurdle||Hurdle||Fairyhouse||2m 4f||4yo +||Honeysuckle|
|December||John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase||Chase||Punchestown||2m 4f||5yo +||Min|
|December||Racing Post Novice Chase||Chase||Leopardstown||2m 1f||4yo +||Franco De Port|
|December||Faugheen Novice Chase||Chase||Limerick||2m 3½f||4yo +||Colreevy|
|December||Paddy's Reward Club Chase||Chase||Leopardstown||2m 1f||5yo +||Chacun Pour Soi|
|December||Future Champions Novice Hurdle||Hurdle||Leopardstown||2m||4yo +||Appreciate It|
|December||Christmas Hurdle||Hurdle||Leopardstown||3m||4yo +||Flooring Porter|
|December||Savills Chase||Chase||Leopardstown||3m||5yo +||A Plus Tard|
|December||Matheson Hurdle||Hurdle||Leopardstown||2m||4yo +||Sharjah|
|December||Neville Hotels Novice Chase||Chase||Leopardstown||3m||4yo +||Monkfish|
|January||Lawlor's of Naas Novice Hurdle||Hurdle||Naas||2m 4f||5yo +||Bob Olinger|
|February||Golden Cygnet Novice Hurdle||Hurdle||Leopardstown||2m 6f||5yo +||Gaillard Du Mesnil|
|February||Dublin Chase||Chase||Leopardstown||2m 1f||5yo +||Chacun Pour Soi|
|February||Arkle Novice Chase||Chase||Leopardstown||2m 1f||5yo +||Energumene|
|February||Irish Champion Hurdle||Hurdle||Leopardstown||2m||4yo +||Honeysuckle|
|February||Spring Juvenile Hurdle||Hurdle||Leopardstown||2m||4yo||Quilixios|
|February||Chanelle Pharma Novice Hurdle||Hurdle||Leopardstown||2m||5yo +||Appreciate It|
|February||Dr P. J. Moriarty Novice Chase||Chase||Leopardstown||2m 5f||5yo +||Monkfish|
|February||Irish Gold Cup||Chase||Leopardstown||3m||5yo +||Kemboy|
|April||Mares Novice Hurdle Championship Final||Hurdle||Fairyhouse||2m 4f||4yo + m||Skyace|
|April||Underwriting Exchange Gold Cup||Chase||Fairyhouse||2m 4f||5yo +||Janidil|
|April / May||Ecomm Merchant Solutions Champion Nov Hurdle||Hurdle||Punchestown||2m||5yo +||Echoes In Rain|
|April / May||William Hill Champion Chase||Chase||Punchestown||2m||5yo +||Chacun Pour Soi|
|April / May||Dooley Insurance Group Champion Novice Chase||Chase||Punchestown||3m 1f||5yo +||Colreevy|
|April / May||Irish Mirror Novice Hurdle||Hurdle||Punchestown||3m||4yo +||Galopin Des Champs|
|April / May||Punchestown Gold Cup||Chase||Punchestown||3m 1f||5yo +||Clan des Obeaux|
|April / May||Champion INH Flat Race||Flat||Punchestown||2m||4–7yo||Kilcruit|
|April / May||Champion Stayers Hurdle||Hurdle||Punchestown||3m||4yo +||Klassical Dream|
|April / May||Ryanair Novice Chase||Chase||Punchestown||2m||5yo +||Energumene|
|April / May||Punchestown Champion Hurdle||Hurdle||Punchestown||2m||4yo +||Honeysuckle|
|April / May||Alanna Homes Champion Novice Hurdle||Hurdle||Punchestown||2m 4f||4yo +||Gaillard Du Mesnil|
|April / May||Champion Four Year Old Hurdle||Hurdle||Punchestown||2m||4yo||Jeff Kidder|
|April / May||Mares Champion Hurdle||Hurdle||Punchestown||2m 4f||4yo + m||Stormy Ireland|
|Month||Race Name||Type||Racecourse||Distance †||Age||2020-21 winner|
|October||Gowran Park Champion Chase||Chase||Gowran Park||2m 4f||5yo +||Easy Game|
|October||Istabraq Hurdle||Hurdle||Tipperary||2m||4yo +||Saint Roi|
|November||WKD Hurdle||Hurdle||Down Royal||2m||4yo +||Aspire Tower|
|November||Skymas Chase||Chase||Down Royal||2m 4f||5yo +||Battleoverdoyen|
|November||Lismullen Hurdle||Hurdle||Navan||2m 4f||4yo +||Sire Du Berlais|
|November||Fortria Chase||Chase||Navan||2m||5yo +||Castlegrace Paddy|
|November||Clonmel Oil Chase||Chase||Clonmel||2m 4f||5yo +||Bachasson|
|November||Craddockstown Novice Chase||Chase||Punchestown||2m||4yo +||Felix Desjy|
|November||Florida Pearl Novice Chase||Chase||Punchestown||2m 6½f||5yo +||Pencilfulloflead|
|December||Navan Novice Hurdle||Hurdle||Navan||2m 4f||4yo +||Ashdale Bob|
|December||Hilly Way Chase||Chase||Cork||2m||5yo +||Chacun Pour Soi|
|December||Dorans Pride Novice Hurdle||Hurdle||Limerick||3m||4yo +||Farouk D'Alene|
|December||Knight Frank Juvenile Hurdle||Hurdle||Leopardstown||2m||3yo||Zanahiyr|
|December||Sporting Limerick 4yo Hurdle||Hurdle||Limerick||2m||4yo||Grand Roi|
|January||Coolmore Mares Novice Chase||Chase||Thurles||2m 4f||5yo +||Colreevy|
|January||Galmoy Hurdle||Hurdle||Gowran Park||3m||5yo +||Sams Profile|
|January||Moscow Flyer Novice Hurdle||Hurdle||Punchestown||2m||5yo +||Dreal Deal|
|January||Horse & Jockey Hotel Chase||Chase||Thurles||2m 4½f||6yo +||Allaho|
|January||Coolmore NH Sires Kew Gardens Mares Novice Chase||Chase||Thurles||2m 4½f||5yo + m||Colreevy|
|February||Boyne Hurdle||Hurdle||Navan||2m 5f||5yo +||Beacon Edge|
|February||Ten Up Novice Chase||Chase||Navan||3m||5yo +||Coko Beach|
|February||Red Mills Chase||Chase||Gowran Park||2m 4f||5yo +||Bachasson|
|February||Johnstown Novice Hurdle||Hurdle||Naas||2m||4yo +||Echoes in Rain|
|March||Dawn Run Mares Novice Chase||Chase||Limerick||2m 6f||5yo +||Scarlet And Dove|
|March||Webster Cup Chase||Chase||Navan||2m||5yo +||Any Second Now|
|March / April||Underwriting Exchange Hurdle||Hurdle||Fairyhouse||2m 4f||5yo +||Stormy Ireland|
|March / April||Festival Novice Hurdle||Hurdle||Fairyhouse||2m 4f||4yo +||Ashdale Bob|
|March / April||Dunboyne Castle Novice Hurdle||Hurdle||Fairyhouse||2m||4yo +||Echoes In Rain|
|March / April||Devenish Chase||Chase||Fairyhouse||2m 4f||5yo +||Easy Game|
|April||Avoca Dunboyne Juvenile Hurdle||Hurdle||Fairyhouse||2m||4yo||Jeff Kidder|
|April||Hugh McMahon Novice Chase||Chase||Limerick||3m||5yo +||Chatham Street Lad|
|Month||Race Name||Type||Racecourse||Distance||Age||2021-22 winner|
|July||Grimes Hurdle||Hurdle||Tipperary||2m||4yo +||Sole Pretender|
|July||Ballybrit Novice Chase||Chase||Galway||2m 1f||4yo +||Fan De Blues|
|Sept / October||Kilbegnet Novice Chase||Chase||Roscommon||2m||4yo +|
|October||Joe Mac Novice Hurdle||Hurdle||Tipperary||2m||4yo +|
|October||Like A Butterfly Novice Chase||Chase||Tipperary||2m 4f||4yo +|
|October||Buck House Novice Chase||Chase||Punchestown||2m 2f||4yo +|
|October||Irish Daily Star Chase||Chase||Punchestown||3m 1f||5yo +|
|Oct / Nov||Poplar Square Chase||Chase||Naas||2m||5yo +|
|November||Down Royal Mares Novice Hurdle||Hurdle||Down Royal||2m||4yo +|
|November||Cork E.B.F. Novice Chase||Chase||Cork||2m 4f||5yo +|
|November||Fishery Lane Hurdle||Hurdle||Naas||2m||4yo|
|November||For Auction Novice Hurdle||Hurdle||Navan||2m||4yo +|
|November||Monksfield Novice Hurdle||Hurdle||Navan||2m 4f||4yo +|
|December||Bar One Racing Juvenile Hurdle||Hurdle||Fairyhouse||2m||3yo|
|December||Klairon Davis Novice Chase||Chase||Navan||2m 1f||4yo +|
|December||Lombardstown Mares Novice Chase||Chase||Cork||2m 1f||4yo +|
|December||Cork Stayers Novice Hurdle||Hurdle||Cork||3m||4yo +|
|December||Leopardstown E.B.F. Mares Hurdle||Hurdle||Leopardstown||2m 4f||4yo +|
|January||Metal Man Chase||Chase||Tramore||2m 5f||5yo +|
|January||Limestone Lad Hurdle||Hurdle||Naas||2m 3f||5yo +|
|January||Naas Racecourse Business Club Novice Chase||Chase||Naas||3m||5yo +|
|January||Killiney Novice Chase||Chase||Punchestown||2m 4f||5yo +|
|January||Solerina Mares Novice Hurdle||Hurdle||Fairyhouse||2m 2f||4yo +|
|February||Mercedes-Benz Novice Hurdle||Hurdle||Clonmel||3m||4yo +|
|February||Flyingbolt Novice Chase||Chase||Navan||2m||5yo +|
|February||Red Mills Trial Hurdle||Hurdle||Gowran Park||2m||4yo +|
|February||Quevega Mares Hurdle||Chase||Punchestown||2m 4f||4yo + m|
|February||Michael Purcell Novice Hurdle||Hurdle||Thurles||2m 4f||5yo +|
|February||Newlands Chase||Chase||Naas||2m||5yo +|
|February||Winning Fair Juvenile Hurdle||Hurdle||Fairyhouse||2m||4yo|
|February||Bobbyjo Chase||Chase||Fairyhouse||3m 1f||5yo +|
|March||Kingsfurze Novice Hurdle||Hurdle||Naas||2m||4yo +|
|March||Naas Directors Plate Novice Chase||Chase||Naas||2m 4f||5yo +|
|March||Limerick E.B.F. Mares Novice Hurdle||Hurdle||Limerick||2m||4yo +|
|March||Native Upmanship Novice Chase||Chase||Thurles||2m 2f||5yo +|
|April||Imperial Call Chase||Chase||Cork||3m||5yo +|
|April||John and Chich Fowler Memorial Mares Chase||Chase||Fairyhouse||2m 4f||5yo +|
|April / May||Weatherbys Ireland EBF Mares Bumper||Flat||Punchestown||2m||4–7yo|
|May||An Riocht Chase||Chase||Killarney||2m 4½f||5yo +|
|Month||Race Name||Type||Racecourse||Distance †||Age||2021-22 winner|
|July / Aug||Galway Plate||Chase||Galway||2m 6f||4yo +||Royal Rendezvous|
|July / Aug||Galway Hurdle||Hurdle||Galway||2m||4yo +||Saldier|
|September||Kerry National||Chase||Listowel||3m||4yo +||Assemble|
|October||Fergus O'Toole Memorial Novice Hurdle||Hurdle||Limerick||2m 5f||4yo +|
|November||Grabel Mares Hurdle||Hurdle||Punchestown||2m 2f||4yo +|
|November||Cork E.B.F. Novice Hurdle||Hurdle||Cork||3m||4yo +|
|November||T.A. Morris Memorial Mares Chase||Chase||Clonmel||2m 4f||4yo +|
|November||John Meagher Memorial Chase||Chase||Thurles||2m 6f||5yo +|
|December||Tara Hurdle||Hurdle||Navan||2m 4f||4yo +|
|December||Future Champ INH Flat Race||Flat||Navan||2m||4–7yo|
|January||Thyestes Chase||Chase||Gowran Park||3m||5yo +|
|January||Ladbrokes Hurdle||Hurdle||Leopardstown||2m||4yo +|
|February||Nas Na Riogh Novice Chase||Chase||Naas||2m 4f||5yo +|
|March / April||Irish Grand National||Chase||Fairyhouse||3m 5f||5yo +|
|Last Run||Race Name||Type||Racecourse||Distance †||Age|
|February 2017||Tied Cottage Chase||Chase||Punchestown||2m||5yo +|
|April 2017||Normans Grove Chase||Chase||Fairyhouse||2m 1f||5yo +|
† Distances in miles and furlongs
Group races, also known as Pattern races, or Graded races in some jurisdictions, are the highest level of races in Thoroughbred horse racing. They include most of the world's iconic races, such as, in Europe, the Derby, Irish Derby and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, in Australia, the Melbourne Cup and in the United States, the Kentucky Derby and Breeders' Cup races. Victory in these races marks a horse as being particularly talented, if not exceptional, and they are extremely important in determining stud values. They are also sometimes referred to as Black type races, since any horse that has won one of these races is printed in bold type in sales catalogues.
The Navan Novice Hurdle is a Grade Two National Hunt hurdle race in Ireland. It is run in mid-December at Navan in Ireland, over a distance of about 2 miles and 4 furlongs. The race was first run in 1999 over a distance of 2 miles, before being increased to its present distance in 2000. It was originally run as a Grade 3 race, before being given Grade 1 status in 2004. It was downgraded again from the 2014 running. The race is usually contested by some of the season's top novice hurdlers, who often go on to contest top races at both the Cheltenham Festival and the Punchestown Festival later in the season. Prior to 2010 it was run as the Barry & Sandra Kelly Memorial Novice Hurdle. A race with a similar title was run in 1998, but was not restricted to novices.
The Red Mills Trial Hurdle is a Grade 3 National Hunt hurdle race in Ireland. It is run at Gowran Park in February, over a distance of about 2 miles and during the race there are nine hurdles to be jumped. It was downgraded from Grade 2 to Grade 3 in 2017.
The Monksfield Novice Hurdle is a Grade 3 National Hunt novice hurdle race in Ireland which is open to horses aged four years or older. It is run at Navan over a distance of about 2 miles and 4 furlongs, and it is scheduled to take place each year in November.
The Flyingbolt Novice Chase is Grade 3 National Hunt steeplechase in Ireland. It is run at Navan Racecourse in Msrch, over a distance of 2 miles and 1 furlong and during the race there are 12 fences to be jumped. The race was first run in 2003 and was downgraded from Grade 2 to Grade 3 in 2017.
The Bobbyjo Chase is a Grade 3 National Hunt steeplechase in Ireland. It is run at Fairyhouse Racecourse in February, over a distance of about 3 miles and 1 furlong and during the race there are twenty fences to be jumped.
The Killiney Novice Chase is a Grade 3 National Hunt chase in Ireland. It is currently ran at Punchestown Racecourse in early January, over a distance of 2 miles and 4 furlongs.
The Kinloch Brae Chase, currently run as the Horse & Jockey Hotel Chase, is a Grade 2 National Hunt steeplechase in Ireland. It is run at Thurles Racecourse in late January or early February, over a distance of about 2 miles and 4½ furlongs and during its running there are 14 fences to be jumped.
The Slaney Novice Hurdle, currently known for sponsorship purposes as the Lawlor's of Naas Novice Hurdle, is a Grade One National Hunt hurdle race in Ireland. It is run in January at Naas Racecourse, over a distance of about 2 miles and 4 furlongs and during its running there are 11 flights of hurdles to be jumped. The race is often contested by horses who go on to compete at the Cheltenham Festival, such as the 1978 winner, Golden Cygnet, who went on to win the Supreme Novices' Hurdle and 2021 winner, Bob Olinger, who went on to win the Ballymore Properties Novices' Hurdle.
The Naas Racecourse Business Club Novice Chase is a Grade 3 National Hunt steeplechase in Ireland. It is run at Naas Racecourse in January over a distance of about 3 miles and during its running there are 16 fences to be jumped..
The Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle is a Grade 3 National Hunt hurdle horse race in Ireland. It is run at Thurles Racecourse in February or March, over a distance of 2 miles and 4 furlongs and during the race there are twelve hurdles to be jumped.
The Newlands Chase is a Grade 3 National Hunt steeplechase in Ireland which is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run at Naas over a distance of about 2 miles and during the race there are 10 fences to be jumped. The race is scheduled to take place each year in late February or early March.
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.
The Poplar Square Chase is a Grade 3 National Hunt steeplechase in Ireland. It is run at Naas Racecourse in late October or early November over a distance of about 2 miles.
The Cork E.B.F. Novice Hurdle is a Listed National Hunt novice hurdle race in Ireland which is open to horses aged four years or older. It is run at Cork over a distance of 3 miles, and it is scheduled to take place each year in late October or early November. The race has been sponsored since 2014 by Paddy Power.
The Fishery Lane Hurdle is a Grade 3 National Hunt hurdle race in Ireland which is open to horses aged four years. It is run at Naas over a distance of about 2 miles, and it is scheduled to take place each year in November.
The John and Chich Fowler Memorial Mares Chase is a Grade 3 National Hunt chase in Ireland which is open to mares aged five years or older. It is run at Fairyhouse over a distance of 2 miles and 4 furlongs, and it is scheduled to take place each year in January.
The Weatherbys Ireland EBF Mares Bumper is a Grade 3 National Hunt flat race in Ireland for amateur riders which is open to mares and fillies aged four to seven years. It is run at Punchestown over a distance of about 2 miles and ½ furlong (2 miles and 70 yards, or 3,283 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year during the Punchestown Festival in late April or early May.
The Metal Man Chase is a Grade 3 National Hunt steeplechase in Ireland which is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run at Tramore Racecourse over a distance of about 2 miles and 5½ furlongs. The race is scheduled to take place each year on New Year's Day and is currently run as the Savills New Year's Day Chase.
The Native Upmanship Novice Chase is a Grade 3 National Hunt novice chase in Ireland which is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run at Thurles Racecourse over a distance of about 2 miles and 2 furlongs, and it is scheduled to take place each year in March.