Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival 2016



The Ultimate Summer Festival – Friday 24th June to Sunday 26th June 2016

There is only one place to be this summer and that’s the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at
The Curragh Racecourse, Co Kildare where we party in style… #ddfirishderby

Irish Derby Festival 2016 Race Days

Friday 24th June 2016

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Saturday 25th June 2016

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Sunday 26th June 2016

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The Ultimate Summer Festival

This three-day racing festival promises a spectacle of fashion, entertainment, music and the finest racing from 24th June to 26th June.  The Derby is the ultimate destination to be enthralled and get swept up in the magic of an unmissable summer celebration with friends.  Held across three days in the height of summer, it is unrivalled in its prestige and tradition and is most definitely the social occasion of the year.

DoneDeal Derby Friday Friday 24th June
5.30 Peter Keatley Curragh Equine Groundcare EBF Maiden
6.00 DoneDeal Maiden
6.30 RTE Radio One Handicap
7.00 DoneDeal Apprentice Derby
7.30 Irish Stallion Farms Ragusa Handicap
8.00 Silken Thomas Handicap
8.30 Irish Independent Maiden

8. 45 FINBAR FUREY and special guest MUNDY in concert (main enclosure)

Saturday 25th June
3.05 Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise 2 Year Old Maiden
3.35 Paddy Power Premier Handicap
4.05 Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire Celebration Stakes (Listed)
4.40  GAIN Railway Stakes (Group 2)
5.20 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (Group 1 Classic)
5.55 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship Handicap
6.30 Dubai Duty Free Jumeirah Creekside Dash (Listed)
7.00 Dubai Duty Free Full of Surprises Handicap
Sunday 26th June
2.15 Barronstown Stud EBF Maiden
2.45 Finlay Volvo International Stakes (Group 3)
3.15 Equisoft 25th Anniversary Handicap
3.45 Grangecon Stud Stakes (Group 3)
4.20 Sea The Stars Pretty Polly Stakes (Group 1)
4.55 Tote Rockingham Handicap
5.25 Curragh Cup (Group 2)
5.55 Troytown Grey Abbey Equine Hospital Handicap


We will be seeking out the most stylish lady on Derby Day Saturday 25th June. This year’s prize is a luxury Dubai holiday experience from Dubai Duty Free together with 1000 euro to spend at Dubai Duty Free and a magnificent piece of jewellery from Boodles and an overnight stay in the Marker Hotel, Dublin plus a luxury Ladurée Hamper with Afternoon Tea for the winner, runner’s up receive  Ladurée Bottle of champagne & Afternoon Tea Voucher.




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Friday 24th June 2016, Saturday 25th June 2016, Sunday 26th June 2016


Some of the world’s top horses and jockeys will compete over all three days with the running of Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby attracting the creme de la creme of the equine world. This year the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby will carry record prize money of 1.5 million euro


The weekend will play host to an array of live bands and DJs and on Friday 24th June we will have a concert after racing from Finbar Furey and special guest Mundy and then on Derby Day Saturday 25th June we’ll dance the night away to more live music after racing from Electric Cieli.

Irish Derby Enquiries

For Derby hospitality enquiries please contact our hospitality team on +353-45-441205 or click on the link


The Foodscape Kildare Paddock serves the best dishes from some of County Kildare’s leading restaurants and food producers. Racegoers can enjoy a huge variety of dishes located in the heart of the action beside the parade ring over all three days.


We offer a wide choice of hospitality areas over Derby weekend ensuring guests have the best seat in the house to enjoy the biggest race day on the Irish racing calendar. Find out more about Derby hospitality packages or book online Here

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As part of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival there are a number of ancillary events taking place which is the ideal way to complete your entertainment over the Derby Weekend.

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