The Curragh Racecourse in County Kildare is Ireland’s premier international Flat horse racing venue and one of the most iconic sporting venues in the world.
It stages 18 meetings from May to September in 2018 including all 5 Irish classic races highlighted by the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival in late June. A variety of bars, restaurants and a brand new playground for children will be in place.
It is one of the most historic sporting venues in Ireland with the first race taking place during the 1700s and is truly a venue where “Champions are Made” from training to racing.
It has a fascinating heritage – there is also written evidence of horse racing dating back to the third century when chariot races were held at the “Cuireach” – the Gaelic word for racecourse, on the lands known today as the Curragh
Ireland is branded as the “Land of the Horse” and County Kildare is branded as the “Thoroughbred County” with the Curragh at it’s very centre as the established capital of the Irish horse racing industry and home to an extensive racing community.
Prices vary on different race days and in different enclosures. Check the Curragh Racecourse website for accurate up to date price information. Situated on the west side of Newbridge just off exit 12 of the M7 motorway. Irish Rail and Dublin Coach provide transport on race days
The racecourse is currently been redeveloped into a world class multi purpose state of the art venue with world class racecourse and event centre to be completed by the end of this year.
Race Days 2018
Friday 11th May Opening Day of Season
Saturday 12th May Plusvital Race day featuring the Group 3 Blue Wind Stakes
Saturday 26th May Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas (Group 1 Classic)
Sunday 27th May Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas (Group 1 Classic)
Friday 8th June TRM Race day featuring Ballyogan Stakes
Saturday 9th June Junefest Newbridge Parishes Family Race Day
Friday 29th June Derby Festival Friday
Saturday 30th June Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (Group 1 Classic)
Sunday 1st July Juddmonte Pretty Polly Stakes (Group 1)
Saturday 21st July Darley Irish Oaks (Group 1 Classic)
Sunday 22nd July Kilboy Estate Stakes
Monday 6th August Bank Holiday Race Day
Sunday 12th August Keeneland Phoenix Stakes (Group 1) (Family Day)
Saturday 25th August Longines Irish Champion Trials Weekend
Sunday 26th August Longines Irish Champion Trials Weekend
Friday 31st August Autumn Racing
Saturday1st Sept Autumn Racing
Sunday 16th Sept Longines Irish Champions Weekend (Group 1 Classic)