The Curragh set for Autumn Festival this weekend | The Curragh Racecourse
The Curragh set for Autumn Festival this weekend

The Curragh set for Autumn Festival this weekend

A packed programme of 8 races on both this Saturday and Sunday will ensure two very competitive race days at the Curragh.

Saturday’s highlights include the Group 3 AES Renaissance Stakes with Cape Byron, Perfection and True Mason representing British based trainers Roger Varian, David O’Meara and Karl Burke, while Gordon Lord Byron, Beckford and Speak in Colours are among the Irish trained contenders.

2017 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby winner Capri is one of 13 entries in the Holden Plant Rental Loughbrown Stakes,  which also features Falcon Eight, Kastasa and Barbados.   Another highlight will be the Keadeen Hotel Ladies Invitational Race attracting lady jockeys from across the world.

Sunday’s “Future Champions” themed day features all races for two year olds. The Beresford Stakes takes centre stage with 21 entries following this morning’s final forfeit stage with seven trained by Aidan O’Brien who has landed the Group 2 contest eighteen times.  His entries include Innisfree, Persia, Wichita and Santiago.

Blissful, Auxilia and Albigna are among the 18 fillies entered for the Weld Park Stakes, while Dermot Weld, who sponsors the race in memory of his late parents, has entered Tasalka, Mazara, Shehreen

Saturday is also Newbridge Parishes Family race day with lots of free activities in the Kids Zone marquee, while children from local sports clubs will take part in exhibition games between races on the track. The Irish Pony Club will also celebrate their year with a Musical Ride performance on the track and Exhibition Ride for 10 Pony Club members after racing.  Well in excess of 500,000 euro has been raised for worthwhile projects benefiting the local community since it was launched 34 years ago

Declared runners Friday at 10am

Ground conditions – yielding (round) and yielding to soft, soft in places (straight)

1st race Saturday 1.25pm and Sunday at 1.50pm

Complimentary shuttle bus to and from Kildare train station & The Silken Thomas, Newbridge train station & Whitewater Shopping Centre,  Kilcullen,  Naas, Monasterevin, Portlaoise, Ballybrittas.