Ian Fortune

Saturday’s statement on the RPGTV Irish dates shows a real commitment from those involved to give the best possible coverage of Irish racing.

In all there will be a minimum of 19 meetings featuring the very best of Ireland’s canine talent in the biggest competitions on the calendar.

Of course, last year RPGTV increased their coverage of Irish racing considerably but 2022 will be even greater with the first additional meeting penciled in for RCETS Gold Cup final night on Saturday, February 5th. They will also finish the year in style with both nights of the Winter Racing Festival set to be shown live on December 29th and December 30th.

There will be a minimum of six tracks covered on the channel, although it’s no surprise Shelbourne Park will be the most visited with thirteen nights in total. Those thirteen nights will include four rounds of the Derby.

The one big night missing from the list is Oaks final night. Sadly, it clashes with the semi-finals of the English Derby and wouldn’t et the coverage it so richly deserves.

Limerick will be featured twice with both the Kirby Memorial and Leger finals live on the channel. Tralee, Waterford, Cork and Mullingar also feature for the Juvenile Classic, Select Stakes, Laurels and Cesarewitch.

At a time when mainstream television is not giving our wonderful sport the coverage it so richly deserves, the additional RPGTV coverage comes as a real shot in the arm. Congratulations to all that made it possible and we look forward to even more dates in 2023.           

A full breakdown of the Feature Irish nights on RPGTV in 2022:




Saturday, February 5th

Gold Cup

Shelbourne Park

Friday, March 11th

Juvenile Classic


Saturday, March 12th

Easter Cup

Shelbourne Park

Saturday, April 2nd

Select Stakes


Saturday, April 9th

Shelbourne 600

Shelbourne Park

Friday, April 22nd

Kirby Memorial


Sunday, May 15th



Saturday, July 16th

Corn Cuchulainn

Shelbourne Park

Saturday, July 30th

Champion Stakes

Shelbourne Park

Saturday, September 3rd

Irish Derby (3rd Round)

Shelbourne Park

Saturday, September 10th

Irish Derby (1/4 Finals)

Shelbourne Park

Saturday, September 17th 

Irish Derby (Semi-finals)

Shelbourne Park

Saturday, September 24th

Irish Derby Final

Shelbourne Park

Saturday, October 22nd

Juvenile Derby

Shelbourne Park

Saturday, November 5th

Irish Laurels


Saturday November 5th

Puppy Oaks

Shelbourne Park

Saturday, December 10th

Irish St Leger


Thursday, December 29th

Winter Racing Festival

Shelbourne Park

Friday, December 30th

Winter Racing Festival

Shelbourne Park