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**Please note that the fixture on November 15th will take place behind closed doors with no spectators permitted to attend due to Government restrictions associated with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.**
The Golden Vale hunt was revived by Tim Hyde and Michael Purcell.
The hounds were hunted by John Pickering, James Foley, Capt. Donald Swan, Rory Dicken, Tom O’Meara, Jim Quinlan and presently by Michael Comerford.
The point-to-point has been run annually at various venues. The first meeting was held at College Hill Templemore and has since been run at Thurles racecourse, Fairyhill Templemore, Coolkip Horse and Jockey, Glenbane Holycross and now at its current venue of Turtulla Thurles.
Turtulla Point-to-Point Races
How To Get There
All roads will be signposted from both Horse and Jockey and Thurles.
On the N62 to Turtulla cross, turn left 1 mile from Thurles town. Then turn right at the Golf Course.
Our point-to-point is located two hours and fifteen minutes from Dublin airport.
We also provide a disability parking area with fence viewing on the home straight.
There is portaloo’s available on the day.
In our bookmakers ring you can view and bet on any off-course races on the day in both England and Ireland.
Whether you want to watch in front of the winning post, as the runners flash by, venture into the centre of the course for a full 360 degree view of the track, or why not base yourself at the final fence to take in the wonderful sight of a thoroughbred racehorse in full flight over a fence? The choice is yours - you will never get any closer to the action!
One of the real joys of a point-to-point is just how close to the action you can get. That also includes our car park, ensuring a day's racing with us offers you the ideal opportunity to being a picnic for family and friends, and base it out of the back of your car.
Come along early and enjoy your picnic before the action gets under way, or take a break midway through the day's racing to enjoy your light refreshments.
If you are after something a bit warmer, we also have a catering unit on-site, serving a range of fast food such as burgers, sausages and chips, all you would need to keep you going.
Tea, coffee and soft drinks are available from a number of outlets on the course.
There will be something to quench your thirst or curb your caffeine cravings.
For a post racing tipple, why not check out the Enclosures Bar at the nearby Horse & Jockey Hotel or head into Thurles Town.
The Clondaw Premier point-to-point is the perfect day out for the family in the countryside and as an added bonus for parents all children U16’s have free admission.
Race goers have the opportunity to get a close up of the action when the runners are being saddled and paraded in the parade ring before their race. The fence in our home straight allows you to get a perfect viewing point of each race whether you are on foot or in the comfort of your car.
With Thurles town only a five minute drive from the track, there is a large selection of shops and restaurants to keep you busy within the area. Thurles is also steeped in GAA history as it is the birthplace of the Gaelic Athletic Association founded in 1884 by Hayes’ Hotel. Thurles is also home to Semple Stadium which is the second largest GAA stadium in Ireland with a capacity of 53,500.