We do not know exactly when racing started in Bellewstown, but the first record of races appears in the August edition of the Dublin Gazette and the Weekly Courier in 1726. George Tandy, a former Mayor of Drogheda and brother of the famous Napper Tandy, persuaded King George III to sponsor a race at Bellewstown in 1780. The race was called His Majesty’s Plate and was valued at £100.
Barney Curley is reputed to have pulled off one of the biggest betting coups in Ireland with Yellow Sam at Bellewstown in 1975.
Bellewstown racecourse, on the Hill of Crockafotha in Co Meath, is beautifully situated in a rural setting with magnificent views of the Mountains of Mourne to the north and the Irish sea to the east.
Bellewstown has two festivals; one in the first week of July and the other at the end of August (see Tickets). The races have always been associated with the smell of freshly mown hay and the taste of strawberries and cream.