Horse racing on the beach: The road to Laytown

Laytown races is an annual tradition in Ireland and the only race meeting on the sand recognised under the Rules of Racing.

On its 150th anniversary, Vanessa Ryle made the trip to the County Meath coast to take a closer look at what it takes to get a horse to the unique event and, more importantly, how to win at Laytown.

The story begins in the sales rings at Tattersalls, as trainer Denis Hogan and his owners head to Newmarket to find a potential type for the beach.

After trips to the Galway Festival and Leopardstown for lot 171 – runs with some promise with the big target in mind – finally Laytown beckons and day out on the beach. What he was bought for, what he was trained for – will Cyrus Dallin make this tale a happy one?

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