Irish 2000 Guineas History

CURRAGH, IRELAND - MAY 24: John Egan brings Indian Haven home to land The Entemann's Irish 2000 Guineas Race run at The Curragh Racecourse on May 24, 2003 in The Curragh, Ireland. (Photo by Julian Herbert/Getty Images)The 2000 Guineas at Newmarket is the oldest of the British Classic races, taking its name from the prize fund offered for a race first run in 1809. In Ireland, the Derby – first raced at the Curragh in 1866 – is the oldest of the Irish Classics.

Irish 2000 Guineas history began in 1921; one year before the first Irish 1000 Guineas was raced. The inaugural race went to the Irish-trained colt Soldennis. Since then, the Irish 2000 Guineas has been raced every year without exception, on the opening day of the Irish Guineas Festival.

Curragh Races History

Although the Irish versions of the Classic races have a shorter history than their British counterparts, the history of racing at the Curragh predates the earliest records of racing in Britain. Irish manuscripts show that the flat plain known as the Curragh – or “An Currach”, which means racecourse in Irish – hosted chariot races as early as the third century. In pre-Christian times of Irish 2000 Guineas history, the Celtic chieftains and kings used the Curragh as a meeting place and as a site for racing horses.

The oldest documented course located at the Curragh was the four-mile King’s Plate, dating back to 1717. Connolly’s Mile, the straight mile run to the winning post, is still part of the course, and dates to the 1760s. The rest of the current course at Curragh was established in the 1750s.

As well as hosting the five Irish Classic races and several other top Group 1 flat races, the Curragh is the largest horse training centre in Ireland. As many as 26% of all horses trained in Ireland are trained there – and the Curragh has produced many thoroughbred legends that went on to win top races throughout the world. The area surrounding the Curragh is also host to a large number of stud farms.

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