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The Curragh Thoroughbred Trail takes place
before racing on Sunday morning, on day two of Longines Irish Champions
Weekend. This unique event allows racing fans to go behind the scenes at
many of the leading training yards, stud farms and world-class equine hospitals
based on the famous Curragh plains.
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Your coach will bring you to meet one of Ireland’s most
successful trainers Dermot Weld on the gallops where he will be working his
horses. You will then go on to visit Kildangan Stud, impressive Irish arm of
the Darley and Godolphin breeding and racing operation. Last stop is Tracey
Collins stables, Tracey is daughter of the legendary Con Collins who trained
for over 50 years with many notable successes.
This trail will first visit Michael O’Callaghan’s Crotanstown
stables, Michael is one of the fastest rising training talents in Irish Flat
racing. The trail will then go to Dick
Brabazon’s stable who is well known as both a trainer and pre-trainer. The
trail will then visit RACE, world renowned academy for jockeys of the future
and the Irish Farriery School based there.
First up on Trail 3 is Adrian Keatley’s stables.
Adrian best known for 2016 Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas winner Jet Setting. Next
stop is Ken Condon’s Ridge Manor Stables, Condon spent time in America and with
John Oxx before starting his training career in 2002 and Success Days is among
his big winners. Last stop is Robbie McNamara a former successful amateur rider
who started training just last year and is based at Lime Lodge.
The trail will start with a tour of Kildangan Stud,
the impressive Irish Arm of the Darley and Godolphin breeding and racing
operation and then continue to see behind the scenes at Mick Halford’s Copper
Beech Stables. Mick started his career as an amateur rider and his first Group
1 success was with Casamento in the Racing Post
Trophy at Doncaster in 2010.
This trail starts by visiting
one of greatest big-race jockeys turned trainer Johnny Murtagh’s stables. Then
on to see Darren Bunyan’s yard, Darren has a very impressive strike rate and
has worked in racing for 25 years he holds a flat and jumps licence. The last
stop is Angelsey Lodge Equine Hospital a 10-vet practice dedicated to first
class treatment of horses.
Willie McCreery, well known as a former Kildare
footballer before starting his training career is the first trainers yard on
this trail, Willie’s talents to date have been best shown by Group 1 Fiesolana.
Next up is John Feane’s yard – John is a promising young Curragh trainer who
saddles his first winner in 2014. Finally the tour will visit Brendan Duke’s
yard who has worked for Jim Bolger and also trained in the UK before returning
to Ireland in 2011.
The trail will start by meeting
John Oxx, one of Ireland’s most successful trainers with over 35 Group 1 and 11
Classic winners to his name, and probably best known as the trainer of one of
the greatest thoroughbreds of his generation, Sea The Stars, to watch a string
of his current horses at work. Then on to the Irish National Stud where you
will be treated to a stallion parade which includes their show stopper,
Invincible Spirit, who stands for €120,000. You will also have the chance to
meet the Living Legends, current members include Beef or Salmon, Hurricane Fly,
Hardy Eustace, Kicking King and Rite of Passage. Light refreshments will be
served. The last stop is the Sycamore Lodge Equine Hospital, one of the most
respected vet practices in Ireland, where visitors can find out about how they
treat equine injuries and illnesses.
Refreshments will be provided courtesy of the Ownership Department of Horse Racing Ireland.
For those going racing after the tour the first race is off at 14.00 and the feature Comer Group International Irish St. Leger will take place at 16.50 (Approximate timings, subject to change). Other attractions include the Longines Prize of Elegance in association with Kildare Village and David Marshall Hair Salon and a variety of great music and food.
Race & Stay packages starting from €175 per person
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