Posted 01/09/2015

The Curragh Racecourse

Newbridge

It is Ireland's most important Thoroughbred Horse Racing Track. It is situated on the Curragh plain near Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland.

History

The name "Curragh" comes from the Irish word Cuirreach, meaning "place of the running horse". The first recorded race on the plain took place in 1727. The first Derby was held in 1866, and in 1868 the Curragh was officially declared a horse racing and training facility by act of parliament.

Horse Racing

 

The course is right-handed, is horseshoe-shaped and is about two miles long . Races up to one mile are run on a straight course. The Curragh offers the highest purses and highest quality level of Flat racing in Ireland. All 5 Irish Classics are held at the track.

Redevelopment

 

It was announced in October 2015 the establishment of a new company, Curragh Racecourse Limited, which will own, operate and redevelop the Curragh Racecourse and Training Grounds. 


The development plans for the racecourse include a new grandstand, weigh-room and parade ring, while the arrivals and reception area of the racecourse will incorporate a museum of Irish racing. The existing stable yard will be completely refurbished, while a separate investment programme will be put in place for the training ground


 

 

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