Curragh Races - The Most Important Thoroughbred Racecourse In Ireland

Curragh races take place on the Curragh plain, which is near Newbridge in County Kildare. The racecourse, which is commonly referred to as The Curragh, is considered the most important thoroughbred racecourse in Ireland. Racing has been staged on the plain for hundreds of years, with the first recorded race being in 1727. Nevertheless, it was officially declared a horse racing venue in 1868 by an act of parliament. There are a whole host of incredible races that are staged at this venue throughout the year, including many Group 1 flat races, such as the Phoenix Stakes and the Irish 1,000 Guineas.

The track at Curragh is a horseshoe shape, and it runs right-handed. There is a run-in of three furlongs, which is slightly uphill, and the bends are relatively easy. There is a separate straight course for races that are run over a mile, seven furlongs, six furlongs 63 yards, six furlongs, and five furlongs. In these races, the draw is not that significant; rather there is positional bias. On the other hand, a low draw is beneficial on the Plate track. Most jockeys love riding here and regard it as a fair track.

Famous Races At Curragh, Including The Irish Derby And The Irish St Leger

There are many hotly anticipated Curragh races throughout the year. The Irish Derby has always drawn in the biggest attendance. Nevertheless, the Irish Champions Weekend in September is a new meeting, and is likely to grow in prestige and importance. The Irish Derby is a one mile four furlongs race for three-year-olds. Michael Tabor has owned 12 winners in this race, and Aidan O’Brien has trained 11. Recent winners include Australia, Camelot, Fame and Glory, and Hurricane Run. The Irish St Leger takes place in September, and is a one-mile six furlong race for those aged three years and above. Vinnie Roe won the race four times consecutively from 2001, with Brown Panther being a popular winner in 2014.

The Irish 1,000 Guineas and the Irish 2,000 Guineas are staged here, with both being Group 1 one-mile races for three-year-olds, with the former only being open to fillies. Recent winners of the Irish 1,000 Guineas include Marvellous, Misty for Me, and Halfway to Heaven. Trainer Aidan O’Brien and owner Sue Magnier lead the way in the Irish 2,000 Guineas with ten and nine wins respectively. Gleneagles and Kingman are recent winners. Other notable Curragh races include the Moyglare Stud Stakes, the Phoenix Stakes, the Pretty Polly Stakes, and the Irish Oaks.