• 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 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.

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    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.

     

     

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