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Since 1945 Ballynoe has been noted for its well-staged and successful point-to-point meetings. The current racecourse in the townlands of Garryanne & Killavorilla has been in use since 1983. 1987 saw the introduction of the Waterford Co-Op Gain Final, now better known as the Gain Mares Final, and has been going from strength to strength ever since.
The 2018 running sees the continuation of the Gain Mares Bonus of €3000 presented to the winning owner by Gain Horsefeeds & Ballynoe Point to Point Committee. An always exciting finale to a thrilling series of mares’ races as any mare, a maiden at the beginning of the season, who places 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th, at any point to point in Ireland qualifies to enter the Gain Mares Final.
2018 also sees the introduction of an €1000 bonus being added to the 5yo & Upwards Mares Maiden, kindly sponsored by the O’Keeffe family in memory of their father, the late James O’Keeffe, one of the original members of Ballynoe Point to Point Committee in 1945.
A good galloping course with an extensive view for the spectators. A right-handed circuit of just over a mile. The Ballynoe fixture typically falls on the first Sunday of April except when that weekend is Easter weekend, and in recent years has generally moved to March 17th due to the congestion in the Cork Waterford Point to Point Circuit.
Previous noted winners on the track include, My Murphy who won his maiden in Ballynoe in 2011, and went on to win the Thyestes Chase in Gowran Park in 2016. Also Carter Mckay won his maiden in 2016, and went on to be favourite for the Champion Bumper in Cheltenham 2017.
Ballynoe Point-to-Point Races
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How To Get There
Ideally situated 2 Miles from Ballynoe Village & 2 Miles from Conna Village, always well sign posted.
From Fermoy: Take N72 towards Tallow, and follow the signposts for Conna, racecourse will be signposted along the way.
From Cork: Take R639 turning off before Rathcormac for Tallow R628 to Aghern, signposted from there.
From Waterford: Take N25 to Dungarvan, N72 to Lismore to Tallow town up from bridge then R628 for Conna to Aghern. Signposted from Conna.
Cork Airport is only 40 minute from the Ballynoe point-to-point course.
Dublin airport is 2 hours & 30 minutes away with motorway road links from both airports.
Did You Know?
“The annual Gain Mares' final which takes place at Ballynoe is the most valuable point-to-point race held each season”.
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Free parking is included on site closely situated to the track, with a special area designated for disabled parking if required.
There are a number of portaloo’s situated around the course.
There is a betting ring on site for your on course bets, & some of the bookmakers present also provide betting for track racing.
Ballynoe community council provide the catering facilities on course, providing Teas, Coffees, Soup & Sandwiches.
There are also a number of Fast Food outlets on site to cater for all your food needs. Confectionary stalls also on site to satisfy those with a sweet tooth.
Race goers can purchase teas, coffees and soft drinks from our outside catering outlet or from our team of volunteers from the Ballynoe community council.
All children under 16 have free admission. The local schools host a painting competition in the lead up to the Ballynoe fixture with prize giving on the day.
2017 saw the introduction of a dog show, due to popular demand & was very well supported, enhancing the overall race day experience.