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Point-to-Point horse racing is a longstanding tradition proudly kept alive in Ireland for the past 250 years and is frequently the starting ground for the new future young stars of the racing circuit. The North Galway Hunt host their annual Point-to-Point fixture in early March each year at Michael Cunningham’s Land in Golden Park, Belclare which is situated just off the N17 between Galway city (33km) and Tuam (7km), and is considered by Point-to-Point experts to be very safe and ideal location for racing, as the land supports a level course with no rise or descent on the circuit.
Point-to-Point racing has been described as the lifeblood of the racing industry in Ireland. For many it is their first introduction to racing, either as participants or as spectators. Many of today’s riders, owners, trainers and officials all received their first taste of racing on the Point-to-Point circuit. The North Galway Point-to Point have had the honour of hosting the maiden race in Belclare for many years, famously won by the legendary ‘Best Mate’, before going on to win three Cheltenham Gold Cups and ‘The Thinker’ who also ran at the North Galway Point-to-Point and subsequently won a Gold Cup race.
We are very lucky that our fixture typically draws a large entry with trainers coming from all over the country to run their horses with us. The continued success of the Point-to-Point in Belclare is much to the credit of the North Galway Point-to-Point Committee who work hard to make this annual sporting event an enjoyable and safe day for participants and spectators alike on the eve of Cheltenham.
Belclare Point-to-Point Races
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How To Get There
From the M50, at junction 7 use the left 2 lanes to merge onto the N$ towards Sligo/Westport/Galway/N6/N5. Keep right and continue on the N4 and then the M4. Follow signs for Sligo/Westoport/Galway. Continue onto the M6, follow signs for Galway/Atlone. At junction 18. exit towards Sligo. Continue onto the M17. At roundabout, take 1st exit onto Galway Rd/N83. Turn right onto R333 to Belclare village. The Point-to-Point course is approximately 2 kms from the village and will be well signposted.
Take the N84/Headford Rd. Take a right onto the R333. The village is on the R333 road approximately 7 kms from Tuam, Co. Galway. The Point-to-Point course is approximately 2 kms from the village and will be well signposted.
Knock Airport is only a 30 minutes’ drive, Shannon airport is only a one hour drive on the M18 and Dublin airport is two and a half hours away with excellent road links from all airports.
Did You Know?
“Best Mate won his four-year-old maiden at Belclare in 1999 before going on to win three Cheltenham Gold Cups”.
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We are very lucky to have a hard-working committee who volunteer a lot of their spare time in the lead up to the point-to-point. The North Galway hunt is known for its friendliness and is very welcoming to visitors and spectators.
Our free carpark is a great place to bring your own food and have a picnic from the booth.
If you would like to have a flutter, we have a betting ring of which some of the bookmakers present also provide betting for track racing taking place in England and Ireland.
If you are still feeling peckish during your days racing we have a mobile fast food supplier that serve fish, burgers, tasty chips, tea and coffee to keep you full for the day. Soft drinks may also be purchased from our caterers.
We have a choice of drinks on offer, from teas and coffees to soft drinks served to you from our outside catering vendors.
If you would like something a little stronger to keep you warm on the spring day, alcohol can be purchased on-course.
Combined with our free parking, we are lucky to have a clear viewing track that allows racegoers to get up close to the action, often from the comfort of their car, should they wish to bring their own picnic for the family.
There are certain parts of the track that can be used to facilitate disabled parking so as to cater for every eager racegoer.