Irish Racecourse Information

Curragh Racecourse

Racecourse Information
Welcome To Curragh Racecourse
In a country where breeding classic racehorses is almost as widespread as the green grass on which they thrive, the Home of the Classics is the Curragh racecourse. The ancient Gaelic name Curragh actually means racecourse and in the very earliest Irish manuscripts, the Curragh figured as a place of sport for Celtic Kings and their people.

The 17th century saw the Curragh become a sporting resort of the chief governors and administrators of Ireland. Every summer Dublin Castle was almost deserted as the lord lieutenant and his entourage came to Kildare to watch or compete in the racing at the Curragh. The number of King's Plates varied over the two centuries from 1700, but the vast majority of them were contested on the Curragh. Not surprisingly therefore the Curragh became the social centre and administrative headquarters of racing in Ireland over that time.

At the end of the 18th century, the Curragh had become permanently fringed by the lodges and stables of the most prominent owners, breeders and trainers in the country. These lodges and stables in name and even in fabric have survived in the hands of an equally illustrious racing community today. The first Irish Derby took place at the Curragh in 1866-this famous Classic has a legendary reputation for bringing out the best in horses and riders. It also ranks as Ireland's premier sporting and social event.

Today, as the headquarters of thoroughbred racing in Ireland, the Curragh caters for all five classic races in the country, as well as fourteen other prestigious meetings during the Irish racing calendar.
Contact Details
Curragh Racecourse
Address
Curragh Racecourse
Curragh
Co Kildare
Ireland
Telephone
353 45 441 205
Fax
353 45 441 442
Travel Information
Local Transport Links
By Road
The Curragh racecourse is situated 29 miles south west of Dublin on the main Dublin-Cork-Limerick road. It is nine miles from Naas and two miles from Newbridge.
Public Transport
By rail you can buy a combined admission and return ticket at Dublin (Heuston Station), for all Saturday and Sunday meetings.
Airport
Casement 35 km (21.8 miles)
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Facilities
Betting
Tote facilities and bookmakers are available
Parking
Children
Disabled
Enclosures And Grandstands
Grandstand
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Food And Drink
Viewing
Dress
Course Details
Flat Course
Curragh Racecourse Flat Course
Effect Of Draw
Low number in sprints, high numbers on round course.



Curragh is horseshoe shaped with a circuit of 2 miles, a run in of 3 furlongs and an uphill finish. The 5 and 6 furlongs are straight.
Fixtures
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20 March 2011
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20 August 2011
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09 October 2011
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