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The Avondhu foxhounds were formed in 1920, with point-to-point racing being held as part of the Cork Waterford circuit from the late 1930's until the present day. In the late 1950’s the meeting was held at Knockanard, Fermoy and racing was over banks.
In the 1960's the venue changed once again, this time to Lisnagar outside Rathcormac. The fixture remained here for a number of years before moving to Moorpark, located just outside Fermoy, where it stayed until 1994 where it return to the original venue at Knockanard, the current race venue.
Our fixture has attracted some good horses over the years including Keen Leader, For Bill, Missed That and Joacci. Missed That won on his only start between the flags as a five-year-old at Knockanard, he subsequently won the Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival.
For Bill was a prolific race mare, clocking up eleven career wins including, two point-to-points, three national hunt flat races (bumpers), three hurdles and three chases, registering back type over hurdles and fences. The presenting mare has breed one runner thus far, Speak Easy, who won his maiden point-to-point at Kilworth in March of 2017 for the Donnnchadh Doyle yard and was subsequently sold to Joseph O'Brien for 220,000 pounds and now runs in the colours of J. P. McManus.
Nestled in the Irish countryside, a day out at Knockanard point-to-point is a perfect family occasion, get up close and personal with the future stars of the Irish National Hunt scene.
Knockanard Point-to-Point Races
Dympna O'Meara - 0868049283
How To Get There
The course is on the boundary of Glenview Stud
From Dublin - From the M50, take exit 9 heading for the N7 heading towards Kildare. Continue onto the M* and then the M8 towards Cork. Stay on the M8, at junction15, take the R639 exit to Fermoy/Rathcormac. The course is on the boundary of Glenview Stud and will be signposted.
From Cork - Get on the M8 in Cork from N8. Stay on the M8, at junction15, take the R639 exit to Fermoy / Rathcormac. The course is on the boundary of Glenview Stud and will be signposted.
Our point-to-point is located half an hour from Cork airport.
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We an unlimited amount of parking in the centre of the track which allows race goers to enjoy the comfort of their car while also getting to watch the thrill of the racing. We also shelter in our marquee should the weather turn a little wet.
We also have parking facilities for the disabled where they can view the action from their car if they wish.
The betting ring is located adjacent to the parade ring, some of the bookmakers also provide pictures and take bets on track racing in both Ireland and the UK.
Our lady committee members provide hospitality to the Sponsors and the winners as well as committee members.
The public are catered for with some delicious home produce made by Castlelyons GAA in their hospitality tent where people can come in and get away from the weather if needed.
We also have a chip van on site where you can buy burgers, rolls and other hot food options.
In our marquee we have plenty of tea and coffee to keep you warm.
Our outside caterers have a big selection of soft drinks so there is something to suit all of the family.
Set amongst the beautiful Cork countryside, our well-presented race track with its compact location of parade ring, bookies, finish line and services give a pleasant race day experience close to the action.
Our point-to-point is located only half an hour away from Cork city which makes it the ideal location to combine a weekend city break and a day out in the country.