The Curragh stages a fascinating eight race programme this Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May featuring trials for the upcoming Tattersalls Irish Guineas Festival
State of Rest, winner of the prestigious Cox Plate in Australia last year, is one of thirteen entries in the Coolmore Sottsass Irish EBF Mooresbridge Stakes. The Group 2 contest also features 2021 Tattersalls Gold Cup winner Helvic Dream, recent Hollywoodbets Alleged Stakes winner Layfayette and Kilboy Estate Stakes winner Insinuendo.
Agartha, Dr Zempf, Ivy League, Wexford Native, Shark Bay, New Energy, Malex and Boundless Ocean are among the top class sixteen entries for the Listed Coolmore Arizona Tetrarch Stakes, while there are sixteen entries for the Group 3 Coolmore Circus Maximus Athasi Stakes including Pearls Galore, Scared Bridge, Velocidad, History and Panama Red
There are ten entries for the GAIN First Flier Stakes, the first in the GAIN Champion Collection Series for two year olds. Blackbeard, Crispy Cat, Ocean Vision and The Antarctic are all previous winners.
The race day kicks off with the Irish EBF Maiden at 1.10pm, while other races include the Treacy Group EBF Fillies Handicap, PG Duffy & Sons Citroen Apprentice Handicap and Keadeen Hotel Handicap.
The race day is themed as Newbridge Parishes Community Raceday, a very popular and fun family day in the racing calendar. In excess of €550,000 has been raised for projects benefiting the local community since the Newbridge Parishes Raceday was launched 35 years ago, including the development of the Parish Community Centre.
A variety of free family entertainment will be hosted throughout the afternoon with a Kids Zone area packed with free children’s entertainment, performances from local stage schools and a Defence Forces display area. Exhibition games by children from various local sports clubs will also take place between races on the racetrack.
Straight course: Good
Round course: Good, Good to Firm in places
Racing on Curragh side with stalls in centre for all sprints
Trains to Kildare and Newbridge with free shuttle bus
Direct bus service from Dublin – see expressway.ie