• THE CURRAGH THOROUGHBRED TRAIL

    Sunday 10th September

  • The Curragh Thoroughbred Trail
    THE CURRAGH THOROUGHBRED TRAIL

    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. 

    Registration opens at 8.30am at the racecourse where complimentary light refreshments will be served. All trials will depart from the racecourse at 9.30am sharp and you can view and book the trail of your choice, with or without admission tickets included, securely below.

    Please note that information is given "as is" and that some trails may be amended according to demand or other factors. Curragh Hospitality reserve the right to substitute all or part of the trails featured. Once you have booked a trail place we are unable to alter your selection.

  • The Curragh Thoroughbred Trails 2017

    Book Your Trail Early to Avoid Disappointment

  • 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 Alan Fleming’s yard to see behind the scenes of a working trainer’s yard. Alan has been based in the Curragh since 2014, his yard owned by high profile owner Barry Connell and before that was based in the UK. 

    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.

    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.

    Trail will commence with a visit to promising young Curragh trainer John Feane’s stables for a look behind the scenes. Then on to Eddie Harty’s Mulgrave Lodge stables, Eddie can trace his family's racing history back to 1860 and in recent times has saddled Captain Cee Bee to Grade 1 success in Cheltenham and Punchestown. Last stop is Tracey Collins stables, Tracey is daughter of the legendary Con Collins who trained for over 50 years with many noteable successes.

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