New to Racing

FAQ’s

The gates open approx. two hours before the first race. We recommend you come early to familiarise yourself with our facilities.

We accept Euro Notes only on or turnstiles and in our bars. The current exchange rate will be displayed on the day of the race meeting.

Group discount generally applies to groups of 20 or more persons.
Please ring the office for advice on booking groups – 028 4461 2054

Car parking is free.

There are a few options for betting on the Race Day. For a guide and tips on betting at Downpatrick Racecourse please take a look at our ‘New to racing’ section on our website.

Yes, General admission is £5 for students and OAP’s (normal rate £10)
Discount is only granted with a valid ID showing proof of age or student card.

Our facilities are fully wheelchair and disabled accessible. If you require any extra assistance please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Not for general admission on the day of the race meeting.

There is no set dress code but suggestions and tips can be found in our ‘New to Racing’ section on this website.
The quick guide is ‘Smart Casual’.
Many of our Race Days have special themes and you may wish to ‘Get into the Mood’ by dressing to suit the theme… its entirely up to you.

For health and safety reasons, dogs other than guide or hearing dogs (with notice) are not permitted in any area of the Racecourse.

Guide to betting at Downpatrick

There are 3 ways to have a bet when visiting Downpatrick Racecourse. On site we have the opportunity for you to have a bet in house with our Tote facility which can be found in our hospitality areas and bars. Down by the parade ring we have a number of traditional bookmakers all offering their own betting odds. For all your betting needs outside of Downpatrick Race Day ‘Toals’ is situated in our grandstand with their own bookmakers store.

To help you choose a horse you can purchase a Racecard on site. This Racecard will give you all the necessary information for picking a horse.

When betting, take time to look around at what each bookmaker is offering with regards to odds of each horse in the race. Once you have selected the bookmaker you want, tell him/her clearly the horse and stake you want. Listen to the bookmaker repeat your bet back to you to check you were heard correctly. (The bookmakers area can be rather noisy) You will be given an itemised receipt that shows the details of your bet and winnings due. Check your receipt carefully and speak to the bookmaker if you see any mistakes or have any questions. Look after your receipt as you will need to present it back to the bookmaker should your horse win to collect your money.

Never bin your bookies receipt until after the ‘Weighed In’ announcement has been made. Even if your horse has not won there may still be the possibility of a Stewards Enquiry which can change the result of the race.

There are two main types of bets; Win or Each Way.
For the Win only stake to pay back for you, the horse you bet on must win the race. An Each Way bet can be considered as two equal bets, one bet for your horse to win and one bet for it to be placed. For example a £10 each way bet will cost you £20. You will see displayed above each bookmakers their terms on which they accept Each Way bets. Don’t hesitate to ask the bookmaker any questions you may have.

Dress Code

There is no set dress code at Downpatrick Racecourse. Casual is acceptable to the main enclosure. Smart Causal is advised when visiting the hospitality, corporate and members areas. On our Ladies and feature days, Ladies tend to wear hats and men can be seen in a suit. Racing takes place throughout the winter months and it is strongly advised to wear appropriate attire for the unpredictable weather conditions.