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**Please note that the fixture on October 4th will take place behind closed doors with no spectators permitted to attend due to Government restrictions associated with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.**
The first Westmeath Foxhounds point-to-point took place in Loughegar in 1875. The Westmeath Foxhounds point to point committee have been holding meetings in Castletown Geoghegan for almost forty years. Prior to that, meetings were held at Mullingar Racecourse at Newbrook and Cullion, now the venue of Mullingar Showgrounds and Mullingar Rugby grounds.
During our Spring fixture we have one of the most prestigious contests run in the point-to-point circuit, the Barbour Cup. It has been the race where many racing stars have returned to point-to-pointing to run in Open Lightweights and have taken part in this historic race.
In addition, many young horses who have won their maiden here, have continued very successful careers on the track.For example previous course winner, It Takes Time won the Ascot Gold Cup and wasthird in the Stayers Hurdle at the Cheltenham festival aswell as finshing fourth in the English Grand National. Royal Caviar, who won his maiden in 2013, went on to win four times on the track as well as finishing fourth in the 2017 Arkle chase at the Cheltenham festival.
Castletown-Geoghegan Point-to-Point Races
Heather Kiernan - 0877599416
How To Get There
Castletown-Geoghegan is 93km west of Dublin and 124km east of Galway.
From Dublin - Take the M4 out of Dublin. At junction 12, take the M6 (signposted Athlone.) Leave the M6 for Kilbeggan at Junction 5. Then follow the signs for Kilbeggan Racecourse.
From Kilbeggan - Take R389 to Castletown Geoghegan. Turn left in the village of Castletown Geoghegan at the church (L5230.) The course is 1.5km futher on this road on the righthand side.
From Mullingar - Take the R390 and follow the signs from Ballinea.
Castletown-Geoghegan is situated an hour and 10 minutes from Dublin Airport.
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One of the real attractions of point-to-point racing is the opportunity to get up close and personal with furture stars of Irish horse racing in a relaxed and family friendly environment.
We have an extensive car parking area which offers a brilliant view of the whole track. This allows you to bring your picnic in the boot of your vehicle which you can enjoy with your family and friends during the day’s racing.
In our bookmakers ring you can view and bet on any off-course races on the day in both England and Ireland.
We have outside caterers who supply a variety of tasty hot foods such as burgers, sausages and chips. There will also be a range of confectionaries on offer all of which are reasonably priced.
Alternatively, why not come along early and enjoy a picnic before the action gets under way or take a break midway through the day to refuel from the boot of your car. Our extensive car park is the perfect location to relish the atmosphere of the races whilst entertaining friends and family.
Our outside caterers sell teas, coffees and soft drinks to keep you warm during your days racing.
There are also three pubs in the nearby village of Castletown-Geoghegan where there is always a great welcome and atmosphere for patrons before and after racing.
A day at Castletown-Geoghegan point-to-point races is the ideal day out for all the family in the heart of the Irish countryside.
You have the opportunity to get a close up of the action when the runners are being saddled and paraded in the parade ring before their race. There is great excitement for racegoers as once you have picked out your favourite horse you can proceed to the bookies to have a little flutter.
Nothing beats the excitement of the closing stages of a race and our track ensures that you have a birdseye view. Our final fence and finishing straight are both fantastic viewing points for both spectators in their cars and spectators on foot.
Castletown-Geoghegans course is only a ten-minute drive from the picturesque Lough Ennell where the hugley popular Lilliput Adventure centre is located. If you would like to make a weekend of your time in the Midlands, Lilliput has something to offer for all of the family. If Kayaking or obstacle courses arent what you are after, why not call into Belvedere House and gardens located only 15 minutes from the point-to-point.