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The Curragh 

The Curragh Racecourse is Ireland’s premier racecourse and globally recognised for hosting world-class horse racing from March to October each year. The Curragh is home the the five Irish Classic races each year, the feature being the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby on the last Saturday in June. The racecourse is located on the Curragh Plains, Europe’s largest natural grassland, in Co Kildare, and is just 30 minutes drive from Dublin City. The Curragh is also home to over 1,000 racehorses in training in stables spread across the entire Curragh plain. Organised racing and training dates from the foundation of the Turf Club in 1755, however written references to racing date to the Book of Leinster from the 12th century, while mythology refers to racing horses on the Curragh over 1000 years ago.