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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.
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.
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
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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