Naas, Ireland

Disclosure – Naas is my favourite racecourse in Ireland, so I will try to be as objective as I can. It is a dual purpose track, which throws up some great maidens and ones to watch for the future on the flat, as well as giving good pointers for potential Cheltenham destined horses.

Getting there

Naas is situated in Co. Kildare, easy access from Dublin airport – about 30 minutes. There is no train station in Naas, the nearest is in neighbouring Sallins. On racedays, Naas racecourse usually offers a free courtesy bus from the station to the course.

Local area

Naas town has plenty of options for overnight stays – Lawlors Hotel, who sponsor the Grade One at Naas in January, Naas Court, the Osprey….it goes on.

Racecourse

Naas (Woodlands Park) caters for both National Hunt and Flat. It has recently undergone an extensive rebuilding and renovation project, with the centrepiece being the Circle Bar, overlooking the winning post and parade ring.

Part of the Under Starters Orders collection of sculpted horses exhibited and sold at auction in 2019. Behind to the right is the entrance to the Circle bar and the side view of the entrance to the main stand at Naas.

The main stand hosts hospitality and the members lounge on the 1st floor, with the ground floor being a betting hall with the usual refreshments. The seated restaurant on the 1st floor appears to offer a very good standard of food.

Members Lounge

There is a self service restaurant behind the parade ring.

General vibe

A laid back, exceptionally friendly track. Dress code, anything goes really. They do have a couple of best-dressed competitions each year, but generally speaking it isn’t a tie and suit affair, moreover the opposite.

Summary

Well-managed, ambitious track. Staff are very helpful. If you want a relaxed, no-hassle day at an Irish racecourse, then Naas would be a good starting point.

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