Irish Horse Racing
Irish Horse Racing is a huge part of the Irish culture and society. Ireland has been a dominant force on the world’s racing stage, with 26 racecourses in the little island, shows the sheer passion of the Irish for the sport of horse racing. Punching well above its weight in terms of breeding and racing success. Every racecourse is different, offering an experience that is unique to Ireland. Nothing beats a day at the Curragh or Leopardstown, Irish racecourses are visited by over 1.3m people every year.
Curragh Racecourse Odds & News
Curragh Racecourse is Ireland’s most important Thoroughbred Horse Racing Track. It is situated on the Curragh plain near Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland.
The origine of the name “Curragh” comes from the Irish word Cuirreach, meaning “place of the running horse”. The first recorded race on the plain took place in 1727. The first Derby race was held in 1866, and in 1868 the Curragh was officially declared a horse racing and training facility by act of parliament.
The Curragh Racecourse is right-handed, is horseshoe-shaped and is about two miles long . Races up to one mile are run on a straight course. The Curragh offers the highest purses and highest quality level of Flat racing in Ireland. All 5 Irish Classics are held at the track.
The development plans for the racecourse include a new grandstand, weigh-room and parade ring, while the arrivals and reception area of the racecourse will incorporate a museum of Irish racing. The existing stable yard will be completely refurbished, while a separate investment programme will be put in place for the training ground
The Curragh is a right-handed track, horseshoe and galloping in nature with a testing uphill finish. The track spans two miles in distance with a one-mile chute. It is home to all five Irish Flat Classics.
Leopardstown Racecourse Odds & News
Leopardstown Racecourse is a globally recognized Irish horse sporting venue, which is located in Leopardstown in Dun Laoghaire- Rathdown, about 8 km south of the famous Dublin civic center. Just like many other Irish courses, Leopardstown stages National Hunt and also Flat racing events, provides the fun and excitement of horse racing in a quality environment.
The course, constructed by Captain Quin meticulously modeled on Sandown Park racetrack in England, was established in 1888 and owned by the Horse Racing Board of Ireland from 1967. Several important events are held there and racing happens throughout the year, with about 22 race meetings yearly. Leopardstown features top class racing and ideal for punters who love to place a bet.
Leopardstown hosts 23 race days including both National Hunt and Flat racing highlights. These include the famous Christmas Festival, Dublin Racing Festival, Bulmers Live at Leopardstown and Longines Irish Champions Weekend.
The popular Irish Champion Stakes remains the most important event at the racecourse and one of the functions included in the World Series of Racing. The widely popularized function is held every September and involves the cream of the sport’s top-rated thoroughbreds.
The highly regarded Leopardstown Hall of Famers honors famous Irish trainers, jockeys and award-winning horses such ass Vincent O’Brien, Mr. Tom Dreaper, the time-honored champion Pat Taaffe as well as Pat Eddery, the indomitable, Arkle, the astounding Dawn Run, the unbeatable high-rated Levmoss as well as Nijinsky.
The course is busy through all seasons and hosts Irish Group 1 flat races and Grade 1 jumps events throughout the year.