Plan Your Race Day

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Before you plan your day out at Sligo Races always check the time of the first race.  Gates open two hours prior to racing.  Aim to arrive early at the racecourse.  This will give you time to familiarise yourself with the facilities, have a drink or a meal in the restaurant and most importantly a bet on the first race.


At Sligo Race Course you can purchase tickets at the turnstiles upon arrival. There is an option to purchase your ticket (s) on-line.  In this case your ticket will be emailed to you prior to racing and admission will be granted on presentation of the ticket.  Each ticket is unique and allows entry only to the named person on the ticket.

Dress Code

There is no dress code at Sligo Race Course. Wear whatever you find comfortable. Do remember to check the weather forecast before you leave the house as weather can be temperamental.  A light jacket for our evening meetings is a suggestion.

Ladies Day, in August is a fashionable affair with many Ladies opting to dress in formal attire. Hats, fascinators and beautiful accessories are the norm on that day. However this is not a condition of entry to the course.

Fancy dress, novelty or branded clothing is not permitted in hospitality areas.   However, fancy dress can be worn in public areas provided it does not cause offence to other racegoers.

How to Read a Racecard

Buying a race card is one of the first things you should do when you arrive at the racecourse. It contains all the information required for a day at the races. Below is a guide of how to read a typical race card at Sligo Races.

Some basic tips and facts are given: looking at a horse in the Parade Ring, remembering the markings on the jockey’s cap, as this may be all you can see when he is out on the track. About half of all races in Ireland are handicaps, contests designed, a little like golf, to ensure that all contests have an equal chance of winning. Weights are carried in lead cloths to bring the weight carried up to the mark specified by the handicapper.

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