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Where is the Curragh Racecourse?
The Curragh Racecourse is 2km west of Newbridge in County Kildare and on the R413 next to J12 of the M7.
The track is between Kildare and Newbridge train stations with shuttle buses from both on racedays. The N7 bus starting at Dublin Airport stops by the racecourse.
What is the Curragh Racecourse Famous For?
The Curragh, originally known as the 'Cuireach' – Gaelic for racecourse – staged chariot races as early as the third century. A 5,000-acre plain of common land, it held its first official race in 1741. The historic Viewing Stand was built in the 1850s to mark the visit of Queen Victoria.
In 1868, Parliament declared the Curragh a facility for racing and training horses. Two years of extensive refurbishment were completed in 2019. The home of Irish flat racing, it hosts 19 fixtures per year including all five Classics. It is also the country's biggest training venue.
Track Specifics at the Curragh Racecourse
The Curragh has three round courses - the Inner, Derby and Plate. They are all right-handed, undulating and horseshoe-shaped with horses on the turn for a long way before the slightly uphill three-furlong (600m) run-in. All three are seen as fair tracks.
There is also a straight course for trips up to seven furlongs (1400m) with horses drawn high (stand side) often benefiting from quicker ground.
Biggest Meetings at the Curragh Racecourse
The three-day Irish Derby Festival in late June is the highlight with the Irish Derby now on the Saturday and the Pretty Polly Stakes for fillies and mares the other Group 1 on the Sunday.
The Curragh also hosts the second half of Irish Champions Weekend, launched in 2014, featuring four Group 1s headed by the Irish St Leger.
Visit the official Curragh Racecourse website for more information including upcoming race days, on-course features and more!