The Curragh

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County Kildare in Ireland is synonymous with horseracing and training. Part of the success of the area is down to an open flat plain of common land encompassing some 5000 acres. Called the Curragh, this land is naturally composed of sandy soil with good drainage making it perfect for training racehorses.

Free Racing Tips Situated within it is a racecourse of the same name which is widely regarded as the most important thoroughbred race track in Ireland.

The name itself is derived from the Irish for racecourse and ever since the first Derby in 1866; the Curragh has been providing world class horseracing.

The 2 mile right handed course follows a horseshoe shape with the straight section hosting races of up to 6 furlongs.

The most lucrative venue for Flat horseracing in Ireland, no less than 10 of the 12 Group 1 races are held at the course and all 5 Irish classics; the Oaks, St. Leger, Derby, 1000, and 2000 Guineas.

19 race days are held in total throughout the Flat season, from March to October and each is contested by the best riders and horses in Europe.

The course itself is less than an hour's travel from Dublin and getting there is easy via public transport, by train during the classic racedays and by special buses from Dublin, which return 30 minutes after the last race.

Although the home of Irish horseracing and venue for superb racing, all are welcome at the Curragh, whether seasoned race aficionados or first timers. The excitement of the races blends perfectly with the social atmosphere at the ground and casual racegoers, individuals, families, and groups are sure to have a great day out.

There is the option of a day membership, which allows admission into the premier level of the grandstand where there is free seating on a first come first served basis. Limited concessions are available for Derby day but for all the other race meetings a 50% reduction on entry fees is available for under 25s and senior citizens. Accompanied children under 16 gain free admission and on Derby day get in for a small charge.
The Curragh, inside rail

Hospitality packages represent the best way for individuals, families and groups to get a great day at the races at the best value for money possible. Two adults and up to three children can make the most of the Family Package. An alternative, the Punters Package, incorporates admission, racecard, Tote betting voucher, food and drink voucher. These packages are not available for the Derby.

The Curragh, winner For those who wish to attend raceday in style and luxury there is a selection of private suites and associated hospitality packages for any size of group from 10 to 200 persons. The Derby Club Room is the biggest suite and offers a superb split-level space complete with fantastic views over the finishing straight, TV screens, Tote betting facility and bar. The Curragh Rooms can seat up to 80 for lunch and 120 for a casual buffet while the Panoramic Suites offer a flexible array of private spaces each with terrific race views, a bar, and CCTV. The suites are suitable for between 10 and 35 guests.

To take advantage of the private suites simply choose the best suite for the size of group and then the best hospitality package, from Silver, Gold, and Platinum options. For groups of at least 20, the Group Value Package is ideal.