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Beautiful shot of the fabulous Curragh this morning - (photo courtesy of Pat Gainey) ... See MoreSee Less

Beautiful shot of the fabulous Curragh this morning - (photo courtesy of Pat Gainey)

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Due to restricted capacity with the redevelopment Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Day, Saturday 1st July is now SOLD OUT. Tickets are still available for Friday 30th June and Sunday 2nd July and can be purchased on www.curragh.ie

Its less than 3 weeks to go to the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival - Go Racing in Kildare Members will be able to gain access as normal to all three days of the Festival.

Saturday 1st July is a TICKET ONLY EVENT so non-members must purchase admission tickets in advance, 400 tickets remain - Book Now: bit.ly/2rmyluM #DDFIrishDerby2017
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Its less than 3 weeks to go to the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival - Go Racing in Kildare Members will be able to gain access as normal to all three days of the Festival. 

Saturday 1st July is a TICKET ONLY EVENT so non-members must purchase admission tickets in advance, 400 tickets remain - Book Now: http://bit.ly/2rmyluM #DDFIrishDerby2017

Johnny Murtagh enjoyed a very successful weekend with two winners to continue a very positive year for Curragh based trainers.

True Valour landed a Maiden at Limerick on Saturday with Murtagh saying after the race, “He had a little issue last year, something small and we just gave him the time off but I'm very happy with him. He was always going to be a very nice three-year-old for a maiden. Colin was happy with him and he said he settled well and quickened up well. He did what he had to do on ratings. We'll have a look at the Tetrarch Stakes next week - it might be a bit too soon for him but if he comes out of this race well, we might let him take his chance and see how good he is."

Too Familiar made an impressive start to his career for Murtagh winning the 2 year old Maiden at Navan at odds of 20/1. The trainer said afterwards: "That's a bit of pressure off as it's a new syndicate (Fitzwilliam Racing) that we put together. It's their second runner and first winner. I've always liked her and she showed a lot of pace. She has been working very well at home. I said to Niall to ride her for luck but he said she was brave, she pricked her ears a little bit when she went there but the gap opened up lovely and she's quickened well. There is a fillies race in Naas for her now. The syndicate are still dreaming of Ascot so you never know. The dream is still alive!"

Another Curragh based trainer Christy Roche won a competitive Handicap at Limerick with Bay Hill and Brave Display trained by Patrick Prendergast won a Handicap at Dundalk last Friday.
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Johnny Murtagh enjoyed a very successful weekend with two winners to continue a very positive year for Curragh based trainers.

True Valour landed a Maiden at Limerick on Saturday with Murtagh saying after the race, “He had a little issue last year, something small and we just gave him the time off but Im very happy with him. He was always going to be a very nice three-year-old for a maiden. Colin was happy with him and he said he settled well and quickened up well. He did what he had to do on ratings. Well have a look at the Tetrarch Stakes next week - it might be a bit too soon for him but if he comes out of this race well, we might let him take his chance and see how good he is.

Too Familiar made an impressive start to his career for Murtagh winning the 2 year old Maiden at Navan at odds of 20/1. The trainer said afterwards: Thats a bit of pressure off as its a new syndicate (Fitzwilliam Racing) that we put together. Its their second runner and first winner.  Ive always liked her and she showed a lot of pace. She has been working very well at home.  I said to Niall to ride her for luck but he said she was brave, she pricked her ears a little bit when she went there but the gap opened up lovely and shes quickened well. There is a fillies race in Naas for her now. The syndicate are still dreaming of Ascot so you never know. The dream is still alive!

Another Curragh based trainer Christy Roche  won a competitive Handicap at Limerick with Bay Hill and Brave Display trained by Patrick Prendergast won a Handicap at Dundalk last Friday.

12th April 2017

Curragh Classics attract impressive 2nd entries

Trainer Richard Hannon has added the Godolphin owned Barney Roy and last year’s Tattersalls Stakes winner Larchmont Lad to the Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas following the closing of the 2nd entry stage this morning. The Hugo Palmer trained Escobar, Dubai Sand trained by Jim Bolger and recent Leopardstown Maiden winner Irishcorrespondent trained by Michael Halford have also been added to the first Irish Classic race of the year which takes place at the Curragh on Saturday 27th May.

Other notable entries include Churchill, Swiss Storm and Caravaggio.

Six fillies have been added today as second entries to the Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas taking place on Sunday 28th May. These include Making Light trained by Dermot Weld, the Jim Bolger trained pair of Bean Feasa and Panstarr, Promising trained by Richard Hannon, the Saeed Bin Suroor trained Really Special and the Kevin Prendergast trained Aneen, an impressive Maiden winner at the Curragh last year who is also a half sister to Awtaad.

Other notable entries for the Group One Classic include Rhododendron, Sea of Grace, Intricately and recent impressive Naas winner Tocco D’amore
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12th April 2017

Curragh Classics attract impressive 2nd entries

Trainer Richard Hannon has added the Godolphin owned Barney Roy and last year’s Tattersalls Stakes winner Larchmont Lad to the Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas following the closing of the 2nd entry stage this morning.   The Hugo Palmer trained Escobar, Dubai Sand trained by Jim Bolger and recent Leopardstown Maiden winner Irishcorrespondent trained by Michael Halford have also been added to the first Irish Classic race of the year which takes place at the Curragh on Saturday 27th May.

Other notable entries include Churchill, Swiss Storm and Caravaggio.

Six fillies have been added today as second entries to the Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas taking place on Sunday 28th May.  These include Making Light trained by Dermot Weld, the Jim Bolger trained pair of Bean Feasa and Panstarr, Promising trained by Richard Hannon, the Saeed Bin Suroor trained Really Special and the Kevin Prendergast trained Aneen, an impressive Maiden winner at the Curragh last year who is also a half sister to Awtaad.

Other notable entries for the Group One Classic include Rhododendron, Sea of Grace, Intricately and recent impressive Naas winner Tocco D’amore

Positive turf season start for Curragh based trainers

Curragh based trainers have enjoyed a very positive start to the 2017 turf season with wins at both Naas and Cork.

Downforce landed the Listed Cork Stakes for trainer Willie McCreery who commented after the race, "He loves that ground and he just goes through it when others can't. The ground, to me, is barely raceable and he was the only one who could handle it. We'll have to try him on a bit better ground now - I won't ever run him on firm but he has ran crackers of races on good ground in the past. We'll keep stepping him up, he's a grand horse but today was his Derby as we have to make hay with him early on, and late on, in the year."

McCreery was back in the winner’s enclosure following the victory of Elm Grove in the Apprentice Handicap, while Curragh based trainer Johnny Murtagh was also in the winners enclosure when 25/1 shot Maximus Daia landed the seven furlong maiden. Afterwards Murtagh stated “I’m glad he won because it confirmed what we thought of him at home but I was worried after his Dundalk runs. I was sure he’d win a maiden but obviously he didn’t handle the surface at Dundalk. Coming here I thought the ground would probably be a bit too heavy fro him and while he is not big, is very strong.”

Kevin Prendergast won the first two year of the season with Moonlight Bay at Naas last weekend. "She probably handled the ground better than most of them. She was bred at Lumville Stud which is one of Sheikh Hamdan's studs in Co. Offaly, and they run a good outfit there. Hopefully she goes on from this."

Fille du Septembre made a successful career start when winning the two year old maiden for Dermot Weld on the all weather track at Dundalk last Friday. “She was a bit sluggish out of stalls, and had a rug on as she is a bit temperamental.
Thankfully they went a good pace, and she finished off the race well,” said jockey
Pat Smullen, who added I was really happy the way she picked up between horses and really wanted it. She was bought to be a sharp early filly and she's all that. Hopefully she will be a bit more professional the next day and improve off it."

Johnny Feane who has enjoyed a very successful season at Dundalk was back in the winners enclosure following the success of Swish in the 7 furlong Auction race
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Best of luck to our neighbours & colleagues @NaasRacecourse today for the opening of the flat season #flatisback ... See MoreSee Less

We are now recruiting race day staff to fulfil customer care roles across the operation & people with experience working around horses. If you are interested in applying for the race day panel, please send a brief CV to ccarvill@curragh.ie by 5pm Wednesday 29th March 2017. ... See MoreSee Less

Check out our update on how The Curragh Redevelopment is progressing ow.ly/FBPE30ae4I1 ... See MoreSee Less

Check out our update on how The Curragh Redevelopment is progressing http://ow.ly/FBPE30ae4I1

23rd March 2017

Minding heads list of 38 entries for Tattersalls Gold Cup

Multi Group One and Classic winner Minding is one of 38 entries for the 2017
Tattersalls Gold Cup which takes place at the Curragh on Sunday 28th May. First entries for the Group One contest closed this week and the race will carry record prize money of 300,000 euro this year.

Darley Irish Oaks winner Seventh Heaven, Breeders Cup hero Highland Reel and last year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby runner up Idaho are also among the strong Aidan O’Brien team for the race over ten furlongs.

Melbourne Cup runner up Heartbreak City also features amongst a strong Irish trained contingent which also includes four entries from the Jim Bolger team including Turret Rocks and Moonlight Magic, Success Days trained by Ken Condon, while multi Group one winner The Grey Gatsby, who joined Dermot Weld earlier this year, is one of four entries from the Curragh based trainer.

Dubai Sheema Classic contender Prize Money is one of eleven high class overseas trained entries, which includes the Roger Charlton trained Decorated Knight, Red Verdon trained by Ed Dunlop, So Mi Dar trained by John Gosden and the David O’Meara trained Mondialiste, while last year’s French Derby runner up
Zarak is the sole French trained entry.

Supplementary entries can be made on 23rd May 2017

For further information, please contact the Curragh Racecourse, 045 441105 email: info@curragh.ie
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Snowy morning on The Curragh training grounds with @kencondonracing’s team “warming” up for the new turf season! ... See MoreSee Less

Snowy morning on The Curragh training grounds with @kencondonracing’s team “warming” up for the new turf season!

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A heroes welcome for the Cheltenham Gold Cup champions in Moone this evening! Well done to team Jessica Harrington Racing

Great start for Curragh at Cheltenham - East Tully gave Curragh based trainer Alan Fleming success at Cheltenham yesterday when he landed the Close Brothers Novices' Handicap Chase ... See MoreSee Less

Derek McGrath, CEO Curragh Racecourse, is joined by Heather Humphreys, Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs, Martin Heydon TD & Councilor Ivan Keatley, Mayor of Kildare, at the recent Curragh Racecourse Development Information Evening in the Keadeen Hotel. Over 150 people attended over the course of the evening to review the exciting plans for the racecourse.
The Curragh will continue to race during the development with the first of 18 days taking place on Saturday 13th May.
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Derek McGrath, CEO Curragh Racecourse, is joined by Heather Humphreys, Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs, Martin Heydon TD & Councilor Ivan Keatley, Mayor of Kildare, at the recent Curragh Racecourse Development Information Evening in the Keadeen Hotel.  Over 150 people attended over the course of the evening to review the exciting plans for the racecourse.
The Curragh will continue to race during the development with the first of 18 days taking place on Saturday 13th May.

Getting a preview of the new Curragh stand in @KeadeenHotel. Pop in tonight 5pm to 8.30 #seeforyourself ... See MoreSee Less

Getting a preview of the new Curragh stand in @KeadeenHotel. Pop in tonight 5pm to 8.30 #seeforyourself

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Curragh continue to make major improvements to Training Grounds

Work has recently been completed on the refurbishment of the Little Curragh, the round all weather word chip gallop used by some of Ireland’s top trainers..

Trainer Willie McCreery commented:
“I am delighted with the gallop and very impressed by the new surface which will be a great asset for myself and other trainers who use it on a regular basis.”

Additional refurbishments are expected to take place over the next year as part of an overall strategy to continue to improve the overall facilities and advance the Curragh position as one of the world’s leading training facility for thoroughbred horses.

Derek McGrath CEO of the Curragh Racecourse said:
“We are delighted with the work carried out on the Little Curragh by contractor Peter Keatley and his team. We have a strong commitment to enhance our training facilities in order to ensure they give Curragh trainers the very best chance of winning races and attracting owners.”

For further information, please contact
Pat Kelly, Curragh Training Grounds Manager Tel 087 8321215
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Curragh continue to make major improvements to Training Grounds

Work has recently been completed on the refurbishment of the Little Curragh, the round all weather word chip gallop used by some of Ireland’s top trainers..
 
Trainer Willie McCreery commented:
“I am delighted with the gallop and very impressed by the new surface which will be a great asset for myself and other trainers who use it on a regular basis.”

Additional refurbishments are expected to take place over the next year as part of an overall strategy to continue to improve the overall facilities and advance the Curragh position as one of the world’s leading training facility for thoroughbred horses.
 
Derek McGrath CEO of the Curragh Racecourse said:
“We are delighted with the work carried out on the Little Curragh by contractor Peter Keatley and his team. We have a strong commitment to enhance our training facilities in order to ensure they give Curragh trainers the very best chance of winning races and attracting owners.”
 
For further information, please contact 
Pat Kelly, Curragh Training Grounds Manager Tel 087 8321215

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Start of exciting times - demolition of the grandstand

Curragh trainers Levins and Bunyan land races at Dundalk

Arlecchino's Rock landed the CBE Handicap at Dundalk under Donagh O'Connor for trainer Johnny Levins last Friday.

The former Mark Usher-trained Chelmsford City winner, stormed home in this seven furlong event to touch off Windsorlot by a short-head.

Levins reflected afterwards: "I put a hood and cheek-pieces on but he showed lovely battling qualities there. I wanted to get him in his own little world. Whether that worked or not I don't know but he's getting into a groove now and he could turn out to be a nice genuine horse. I was happy with that performance and he could win a couple more. I think six or seven is his trip — five might be a bit sharp."

Half-an-hour on from the win of Arlecchino's Rock, Levins and O'Connor doubled their Dundalk score at combined odds of 87/1 when Brokopondo defied top-weight in the Monasterboice Inn Apprentice Handicap. Gaining his third win at the venue and his fifth overall, Brokopondo made his ground from mid-division at the two furlong pole. Ridden to close a furlong out, the Bushranger gelding stayed on to challenge inside the final furlong, and he led close home for a half length win over New Direction.

Darren Bunyan can certainly get one ready to go at the first time of asking and he sent out a smart looking sort when Beat The Bank helped Pat Smullen to a Dundalk double by landing the Elusive Pimpernel Median Auction Maiden (Plus 10 Race).

Bunyan has enjoyed many good nights on the polytrack with his eight time course victor, Grey Danube, and this win for Beat The Bank certainly didn't come out of the blue as the 4/1 shot was supported at bigger prices earlier.

"Last year he showed us more than enough ability win a maiden. I'd have been hugely disappointed if he didn't win tonight, and he looks a smart sort," said Bunyan.
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Curragh trainers Levins and Bunyan land races at Dundalk

Arlecchinos Rock landed the CBE Handicap at Dundalk under Donagh OConnor for trainer Johnny Levins last Friday.

The former Mark Usher-trained Chelmsford City winner, stormed home in this seven furlong event to touch off Windsorlot by a short-head.

Levins reflected afterwards: I put a hood and cheek-pieces on but he showed lovely battling qualities there. I wanted to get him in his own little world. Whether that worked or not I dont know but hes getting into a groove now and he could turn out to be a nice genuine horse.  I was happy with that performance and he could win a couple more. I think six or seven is his trip — five might be a bit sharp.

Half-an-hour on from the win of Arlecchinos Rock, Levins and OConnor doubled their Dundalk score at combined odds of 87/1 when Brokopondo defied top-weight in the Monasterboice Inn Apprentice Handicap.  Gaining his third win at the venue and his fifth overall, Brokopondo made his ground from mid-division at the two furlong pole.  Ridden to close a furlong out, the Bushranger gelding stayed on to challenge inside the final furlong, and he led close home for a half length win over New Direction.

Darren Bunyan can certainly get one ready to go at the first time of asking and he sent out a smart looking sort when Beat The Bank helped Pat Smullen to a Dundalk double by landing the Elusive Pimpernel Median Auction Maiden (Plus 10 Race).

Bunyan has enjoyed many good nights on the polytrack with his eight time course victor, Grey Danube, and this win for Beat The Bank certainly didnt come out of the blue as the 4/1 shot was supported at bigger prices earlier.

Last year he showed us more than enough ability win a maiden. Id have been hugely disappointed if he didnt win tonight, and he looks a smart sort, said Bunyan.
Date/Time Event
05/11/2017 All Day Naas Racecourse, The November Handicap
11/11/2017 All Day Naas Racecourse, Fishery Lane 4yo Hurdle – Grade 3
18/11/2017 All Day Punchestown Racecourse, Grabel Mares Hurdle Listed
19/11/2017 All Day Punchestown Racecourse, Stan James Morgiana Hurdle – Grade 1
29/11/2017 All Day Punchestown Racecourse, Punchestown Racing
10/12/2017 All Day Punchestown Racecourse, John Durkan Memorial Chase – Grade 1
31/12/2017 All Day Punchestown Racecourse, Punchestown Racing
11/05/2018 All Day Curragh Racecourse, Opening Day of Season
12/05/2018 All Day Curragh Racecourse, Blue Wind Stakes