The Naas Races Company was formed in 1922, and the first meeting at the course was held on June 19, 1924. In the 1950s, improvements were made that rectified the lacking of facilities. Naas reached a notable milestone in January 2015 when it hosted the first Grade 1 race in its history, with the Lawlor’s Hotel Novice Hurdle (formerly known as the Slaney Novice Hurdle) being upgraded to the highest status. The first running of the race produced a shock result, with McKinley taking the spoils at 33/1.
It is located at Tipper Road Naas Co. Kildare, Ireland, approximately 18 miles from Dublin. It is one of the most reputable racecourses in Ireland and one of the most progressive racecourses in the country. It now hosts eighteen race meetings and is considered a state and the art venue in Ireland. It is also highly in-demand as a venue available for private hire.
The track is left-handed and undulating. It is known as a galloping track and has a stiff 4-furlong uphill finish from the home turn. A full circuit is 1m4f. The run-in is 4 furlongs, and there are five, and six-furlong races run on the straight course.
It stages both Flat racing and National Hunt racing. For flat, it has a stiff four-furlong straight. It has a two-furlong chute at the entrance to the straight allows for five- and six-furlong races to be run on a straight course. Medium to high stalls has fared best in recent years. For National Hunt, it has a stiff uphill finish, and it suits staying types. The chase course, which is outside the hurdles course, has eight fences to a circuit, two of them in the home straight of almost four furlongs, and there is a run-in of over a furlong.
It offers Private Suites, a Panoramic Restaurant, and Bars. The Circle, The Post (a self-service restaurant), and a Café and Members Lounge are available in the venue. The panoramic restaurant at Naas has two packages from which to choose. First is The Four Course Experience, which includes admission to the races, a race card, a four-course dinner, and a table reserved for the day, all for just €53.50 per person. The other one is the Main Course Package, which includes admission to the races, a race card, the main course dinner with teas and coffees, and a table reserved for the day, all for €40 per person.
It has 11 private suites that can hold between 12-120 people, and packages start at €49 per person. Group party packages for between 8-120 people start at €30 per person and can be tailored to individual needs.