The Curragh Racecourse

The Curragh Racecourse

The Curragh Racecourse in Co Kildare is Ireland’s premier flat horse racing track and the home to all of Ireland’s Classic races, the major one being the Irish Derby. The Curragh can be likened to Newmarket in England in that it is the home of Irish racing and it occupies an area that is dedicated to equine activities. Im Gaelic, The Curragh means a place for racing horses and the area has been associated with equine pursuits since Roman times. See Irish Derby History.

The track itself is a right handed horseshoe shaped course, that covers a distance of 2 miles. There are no sharp or tricky turns like Tattenham corner on the Epsom course in England. Instead it is regarded as a fair fast track when the ground is good, which has a testing 3 furlong uphill straight finish, that over the years has caught many horses out.

The course also includes a mile straight course, over which the Irish Guineas are raced. There is also another round course that is known as the plate course, which usually hosts the lesser rated races.

There are 54 licensed trainers for which the Curragh is home. Those trainers includes the likes of Dermot Weld, John Oxx, Mick Halford, Kevin Prendergast and Dessie Hughes, all of who are able to take advantage of the fantastic facilities as well as the grass and all weather gallops.

There are plans afoot to redevelop the Curragh Grandstand, however these plans are being shelved currently until the economic situation improves.