The Curragh Racecourse

CURRAGH, IRELAND - MAY 22: Seb Sanders and Bachelor Duke (3) storm home to land The Boylesports Irish 2000 Guineas Race run at The Curragh Racecourse on May 22, 2004 in Curragh, Ireland. (Photo by Julian Herbert/Getty Images)The Curragh in Co. Kildare, Ireland is the home of Irish flat racing. Since the 18th century, it has hosted the majority of the top Irish flat races, including all five of the Irish Classics. In 2009, it will again host the two-day Irish Guineas Festival, with the prestigious Irish 2000 Guineas raced on 23 May 2009 and the Irish 1000 Guineas and the Tattersalls Gold Cup raced the next day.

The Curragh Racecourse went through massive redevelopment in 2008 and 2009. Plans include a new grandstand, superior facilities and a hotel. However, the course has undertaken to ensure that this won’t interfere with any of the 2009 races – ten of which are Group 1 races.

The Curragh Racecourse Track

The Curragh Racecourse is a horseshoe-shaped circuit of two miles, with a run in of three furlongs and an uphill finish. The five and six furlongs are straight. An adjoining chute feeds into the home straight, which stages races of up to one mile. The flat plain of the Curragh is known for its excellent drainage – one of the reasons it has been used for horse racing for hundreds of years.

Curragh Racecourse Facilities

Restaurants And Hospitality

Curragh includes five public bars, two restaurants that offer fine dining, a self-service restaurant, a Thai food outlet, a diner and a huge range of snack and fast-food outlets. A large range of private suites, seating from 10 to 300, are available for corporate guests.

See Curragh hospitality for details of restaurants and hospitality options available for the day of the Irish 2000 Guineas.

Facilities For Children

At the west end of the grandstand is an outdoor playground for children, a picnic area and a crèche supervised by qualified staff.

Disabled Access

All areas of the course are accessible by wheelchair, and a special viewing area for disabled spectators is available alongside the parade ring, just past the winning post.

Irish Guineas Festival

Don’t miss the Irish 2000 Guineas, when the crème de la crème of thoroughbreds go head to head in one of the most exciting races of the season at Curragh Racecourse.