About Curragh Racecourse
Irish racing fans will already know that Curragh Racecourse is one of Ireland’s most prestigious racecourses. However, when talking about thoroughbred horse racing, it’s the most important. That’s because Curragh is the racecourse where many of Ireland’s top jockeys go to ride, and home to many of the most significant racing events each year.
Curragh Racecourse is 40km Southeast of Dublin and is the main racecourse in the Dublin area. Interestingly, it recorded its first-ever race in 1727; however, it’s believed to have been hosting race events long before then. The first Derby race here took place in 1866, and just two years later the Irish government declared it a horse racing and training facility.
Similar to many others, Curragh racecourse is a right-handed racecourse. The track is two miles long and gains notoriety for its horseshoe shape. Any race at Curragh up to one-mile long runs on a pure straight course – one of the many luxuries Curragh Racecourse can afford.
There’s no shortage of notable races for fans to bet on when it comes to Curragh Racecourse. There are 40 races of note here – covering group 1, 2, and 3-grade races. More importantly, however; all five Irish classics run at Curragh Racecourse! These races are the Irish 1,000 Guineas, the Irish 2,000 Guineas; the Irish derby, the Irish Oaks, and the Irish St Leger. Each of these races takes place at a distance between one mile and one mile six furlongs.
Overall, this makes Curragh Racecourse one of the most prestigious, if not the most prestigious racecourse in all of Ireland. The course is in a perfect location just outside of Dublin, meaning transport there and back is easy. The facilities on offer here are nothing short of world-class. Plus they hold the most prestigious races Irish horse racing has to offer as well!