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The North Down point-to-point moved to its current course at Kirkistown in 2006 and have held three meetings each season since then. The course is located towards the eastern side of the Ards Peninsula near the village of Portavogie. It’s in an area that was used as an airfield during the war and hence is very flat and well drained.
Kirkistown is a very level left handed course run over a circuit just short of a mile. Runners jump two fences close to the spectator’s area and a further three along the back straight.
Our November fixture is normally the final meeting of the autumn calendar in the northern area. Conversely, our February and March fixtures are two of the earliest in the northern spring calendar.
Some of the leading graduates from our point-to-point include Simonsig, Petit Mouchoir & Agus A Vic.
Kirkistown Point-to-Point Races
Yvonne Pearson 00 44 7795 262781
How To Get There
Take the A20, signposted to Kircubbin/Portaferry. After Kircubbin turn left into the B173, signposted to Portavogie/Cloughey. Follow this road for about 3 miles and you will pass the Kirkistown Motor Racing Track on your left. After a further half mile you will see the entrance to our track on your left.
From Newry and south of the border
Take the A1 north to Hillsborough. Then go through Hillsborough and follow the signs for Carryduff/Comber on the B178. Join the A21 and go through Comber to Newtownards. Follow the directions above from Newtownards. There is an alternative route using the Strangford to Portaferry ferry which is about 15 miles shorter.
From the West
Leave the M1 at Lisburn (junction 6). Take the A49 and then follow the signs for Carryduff/Comber on the B178. Join the A21 and go through Comber to Newtownards. Follow the directions above from Newtownards.
Our point-to-point is located an hour and a half from Belfast International airport and two and a half hours from Dublin airport.
Did You Know?
“The two-time Cheltenham festival Grade one winner Simonsig won at Kirkistown point-to-point in 2011”.
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Access for spectators is directly from the road into the car park which is adjacent to the start/finish straight. Visibility is excellent and the whole course can be seen from everywhere.
Combined with our free parking, we are lucky to have a clear viewing track where all race goers can get up close to the action with our final fence located close to the car park so you can enjoy the thrill of the action from the comfort of your car.
In our bookmakers ring you can view and bet on any off-course races on the day in both England and Ireland.
In between races, spectators can avail of the catering options that we have on offer.
Our outside catering vendor offers a choice of burgers, rolls, sausages and chips.
Race goers can purchase teas, coffees and soft drinks from our outside catering outlet.
Kirkistown point-to-point is an ideal day out for all the family, giving you the opportunity to sample the heart of national hunt racing.
Kirkistown Motor Racing Circuit is a permanent motorsport circuit located next door to the point-to-point which is between the villages of Kirkistown and Portavogie, on the Ards Peninsula of County Down.
The circuit is owned and operated by the 500 Motor Racing Club of Ireland, who opened the circuit in 1953 on the site of the former RAF Kirkistown Royal Air Force airfield.