The word “Curragh” means place of the running horse. As early as the third century there was chariot racing on the Curragh.
The Irish Turf Club was founded in 1790 the coffee rooms in Kildare and it was soon established as the governing body for horse racing throughout Ireland. In the 1868 the Curragh of Kildare Act was passed to settled the right of common pasture, and preserved the use of the Curragh for the purpose of horse racing and training. The total area of the Curragh was defined as 4870 acres.
Approximately 26% of the horses trained in Ireland are trained on the Curragh. Horses trained on the Curragh have won major races world wide in countries as diverse as England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, America, Canada, and Australian
From March to July the Curragh hosts ninteen of the best Flat races in Ireland including Five Classic Group 1 Races – the Boylesports Irish 1000 and 2000 Guineas, Darley Irish Oaks, The Irish Field St Leger and Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby
The Irish Derby open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies is run over a distance of 1 mile and 4 furlongs (2,414 metres) annually from the last Friday to Sunday in June.
Friday features Kildare Village Derby with live music after racing from one of Ireland’s leading performers, while Saturday is Ladies Day featuring the Audi sponsored Pretty Polly Stakes and spectacular prizes for the Best Dressed from Kildare Village. Sunday features all the spectacle, excitement and fun of Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Day.
The Curragh also hosts a prestigious Autumn Festival in mid-September. This two day festures The Irish Field St Leger on a Saturday with a celebration to promote the final Group 1 Classic as Europe’s premier trial race for the Emirates Melbourne Cup , while Sunday features the Group 1 National Stakes and a massive equine themed family day.
Contact the website for more information http://www.curragh.ie or call the hospitality team on: +353 45 443209/443208 for race day hospitality packages