- Curragh Racecourse
Horse Racetrack The Curragh Location Newbridge, Co. Kildare, Ireland Race type Thoroughbred Flat Website www.curragh.ie Principal Races Irish 1,000 Guineas (G1) Irish 2,000 Guineas (G1) Irish Derby (G1) Irish Oaks (G1) Irish St. Leger (G1)
The name "Curragh" comes from the Irish (Gaeilge) word Cuirreach, meaning "racecourse". The first recorded race on the plain took place in 1727, but it was used for races before then. The first Derby was held in 1866, and in 1868 the Curragh was officially declared a horse racing and training facility by act of parliament.
The course is right-handed, about two miles long and horseshoe-shaped. Races up to six furlongs are run on a straight course. Additionally there are several training facilities on the site.
All 5 Irish classics are run at The Curragh.
- Irish 1,000 Guineas
- Irish 2,000 Guineas
- Irish Derby
- Irish Oaks
- Irish St. Leger
- See also: List of Irish flat horse races
- ^ Curragh.ie - About/History
- ^ "Curragh Racecourse station". Railscot - Irish Railways. http://www.railscot.co.uk/Ireland/Irish_railways.pdf. Retrieved 2007-09-23.
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