Race Day

Racing horses isn't just something we do at Down Royal, it's a part of our culture.

The Going: Following a further 4mm of rain since 7am the ground today is now yielding, good to yielding in places. Dry day ahead

Posted 21 March 2019

Food & Drink

For all racegoers attending Down Royal, the bars on site include the public bar in the main grandstand, the Dark Horse Wine Bar and Café and an outdoor bar trailer between the grandstands on busier days. All hospitality suites have their own private bar facilities.
If you opt for a general admission ticket, there are plenty of food options on site. Our new Silks@downroyal offer a fantastic gourmet selection with luxury Beef Burgers along with Gourmet Hot Dogs.
The Dark Horse Wine Bar and Café offers a light deli style menu in stylish surroundings with views over the finishing straight and a balcony overlooking the Parade Ring. No booking is required but it is very popular so we advise you get there early!

What To Wear

We don’t enforce a particular dress code, we want all racegoers to be comfortable and enjoy the day and to wear clothes that allow for this. In the hospitality areas we advise smart casual attire. On our Ladies Days, there are no rules, hats, fascinators and amazing accessories are very welcome and add to the theatre of the day.
Sport clothing is not permitted on site. Fancy dress, novelty and branded or promotional clothing are not permitted in the hospitality suites, however fancy dress is permitted in the public areas but not if it’s liable to cause offence to any other racegoers on religious or sexual grounds.

Getting Here

Car – There is free car parking available to everyone attending Down Royal. All car parks are within a 5 minute walk of the turnstiles. Our postcode is BT27 5RW for Sat Nav and full directions can be found at www.downroyal.com

Bus – There is a return bus which leaves Joys Entry (High Street end) one and a half hours before the scheduled first race at Down Royal on racedays. The bus will return approximately one hour after the scheduled last race at Down Royal on the dates above. All bus passengers over 18 will receive a complimentary gin and tonic in Henry’s after racing.
The bus can be booked at www.downroyal.com. For further information on the bus service please contact Belfast Bus Company on 028 90742444.

Taxi – For anyone who wants to relax and enjoy the races without driving, a taxi service is provided by Valuecabs. The taxi rank operates from the front of the turnstile building throughout the day and after racing. A taxi from Belfast City Centre is approximately £25 and takes around 25 minutes to reach the course.

Owners & Trainers

At Down Royal we are proud to celebrate racing as the heart of our business and we believe that owners are integral to the future of horse racing.

All owners with a horse registered in training can enjoy complimentary access to Down Royal for 10 of our 12 race meetings (excludes Northern Ireland Festival of Racing).

To reflect this we provide top class facilities for owners on site. In 2011 we completed a £100,000 upgrade on our Owners facility at the course. All owners receive complimentary tea or coffee throughout racing and there are large plasma screens for viewing the races throughout the Owners facility along with a Tote facility. There is a large external viewing area overlooking the parade ring which is directly accessible from the Owners facility.

There is a dedicated Owners carpark on site which is staffed on racedays to ensure easy access at all times. Complimentary badges are given to Owners with a maximum of eight badges provided for syndicates or partnerships. We do accommodate additional requests for badges at a small fee where possible.

Down Royal has installed a new dedicated winner’s enclosure where all the winning connections can congregate for photographs and celebrate with their horse. In addition, all winning owners are presented with a bottle of champagne, compliments of the racecourse and dvd’s are available on request.

We are committed to providing the best possible experience for all visitors to Down Royal and we hope that our continual programme of investment accompanied by the upgrading of racing and prize money where possible, goes some way towards guaranteeing this.

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