4th October 2022
Curragh set for competitive 8 race programme this Saturday
The Curragh will stage a competitive eight race programme this Saturday.
The inaugural Friends of The Curragh Pollardstown Handicap looks set to be one of the most competitive races of the season with 36 entries. Entries for the valuable two mile contest include Ark, Autumn Evening, Como Park, Firstman, Gulliver’s Travels, Lord Erskine, Lunar Power, Star Image and The Shunter.
The Staffordstown Stud Stakes, sponsored by recent Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winning owner and breeder Kirsten Rausing, has attracted 12 entries including Be Happy, Gozen, Library, Speirling Beag and Starry Heavens. The one mile contest for juvenile fillies will be run as a Group 3 race for the first time this year.
The first running of the Bord Na Mona Recycling Brigid’s Pastures Stakes has attracted 18 entries. The race name celebrates the life of St Brigid, as part of the build up to “Brigid 1500” in 2024, acknowledging her close association with almost every corner of County Kildare. My Eyes Adore You, Dexter Belle, Ever Rock, Life in Colour and Just Beautiful feature amongst the entries for the Listed race.
There are 20 entries in the RFL Steels supporting the IRFU Charitable Trust Handicap, 23 in the Tesoro Vita Lady Riders Trophy, 29 in the O’Reilly Consulting IRFU Charitable Trust Apprentice Handicap, 44 in the IFRU Charitable Trust Handicap and 31 in the opening Mongey Communications Irish EBF Maiden at 1.25pm
In addition, the exciting afternoon of entertainment will help raise funds for the IRFU Charitable Trust, a very worthwhile cause which supports injured rugby players in their everyday lives and helps restore their confidence and independence.
There will be the opportunity to meet and greet some legendary players both past and present, while the Curragh Kids Zone will feature free activities for younger racegoers
Declared runners Thursday at 10am
Following 2mm of rain overnight,
Straight: good to yielding, yielding in places
Round: good to yielding
Forecast – unsettled with the possibility of 15-20mm of rain by Saturday
Racing on stand side track. Stalls in centre for all sprints
Where to watch
Racing TV – all races
Adult admission = €20 (€15 on line)
Under 18s free accompanied by an adult