Ireland's richest jumps race, The Powers Gold Label Irish Grand National, is on Easter monday at Fairyhouse race course it was first run in 1870. Thousands of people bet on the national each year.
The epic race takes place over three miles, five furlongs (5.5km) and is open to five-year-olds and over. It attracts some of the best steeplechasers in the world and previous winners have included legends such as Arkle, Desert Orchid and Bobbyjo.
The first meeting of the Irish National - Grand National held at Fairyhouse was in 1848 when the ward union hunt held their point-to-point at this venue. From these small beginnings Fairyhouse quickly established itself as one of Ireland's premier racecourses. In 1870 the Irish grand national was run for the first time and the winner was ‘Sir Robert Peel'. The grand national quickly became Ireland's most valuable and prestigious steeplechase and each success has its own rich tale, none more amazing than the win in 1929 of a six year old mare ‘alike', owned and ridden by 5'4” Frank Wise who was missing three fingers and who rode with a wooden leg.
Fairyhouse has always been one of the finest and fairest racecourses hosting the Irish National and continues to attract the leading horses both on the flat and over jumps. Arkle, Desert Orchid, Flying Bolt, Captain Christy, Prince Regent, Persian War, L'escargot and more recently Istabraq, Bobbyjo, Florida Pearl and Limestone lad are just some of the legendary greats that have graced the almost 2 mile circuit. To bet on the national visit any of our title bookmakers.
The racecourse opened The Powers Gold Label stand and the refurbished Jameson Stand in November 1999. Fairyhouse is now firmly established as one of the most modern facilities in the country, providing an outstanding level of comfort and service. This service extends to even placing a bet on the national