History of the Racecourse
The first recorded racemeeting at Tipperary Races at Barronstown Course was on March 27th, 1848
The first recorded racemeeting at Tipperary Races at Barronstown Course was on March 27th, 1848 but at the current Limerick Junction racetrack it was September 1916 when the meeting was attended by trainers Senator J.J. Parkinson, Stephen Grehan and Charles Moore. It remained Limerick Junction until the name was changed to Tipperary in 1986.
"It's a long way to Tipperary". So the popular 1912 song went, but in fact, it's much nearer than you think, is very straightforward to get to and worth it when you do. Tipperary is a county steeped in every facet of horse tradition, from the world famous Coolmore Stud to the volume of outstanding horsemen to have come from there and this racecourse, as its centrepiece, reflects this tradition providing high class racing both on the flat and over jumps.
During the Spring and Summer meetings it is possible to see future champions in action. For instance, the first and second in the 2002 English Derby High Chaparral and Hawk Wing both won their 2-y-o maidens at Tipperary. Tipperary has been the starting point for many future champions including Dylan Thomas, Bushranger, Yesterday and Heatseeker. But the course saves the best for last in the form of "Super Sunday", held on the first Sunday in October, its last meeting of the year. This is the highest quality 'mixed' meeting staged in the country featuring a plethora of high-class races that attract some of the best horses around including some from Britain.
The features are a Group 3 and Listed race on the flat plus Grade 3 Novice Hurdles and Chases but the main attraction is the Grade 2 Tipperary Hurdle which has been contested by such stars as Istabraq, Limestone Lad, Accordion Etoile, Harchibald and Go Native